Baked Trail Mix Cake Donuts are easy to make and they travel well. This homemade cake donut recipe isn't too sweet and they even have an extra crunch for satisfaction.
It also brings back childhood memories for me. About once a month we got to get donuts after church. And we got to pick out two different ones each. What a treat!
I think a lot of you are looking for donut recipes. There are quite a few around but these Trail Mix Cake Donuts are very different. You can't even imagine how delicious they are until you try one.
That means you have to make them. This is really an easy homemade donuts recipe and quick too. The kids will love them. No doubt. You'll be sold on them in no time.
Baked cake donuts are much better for you than the deep fried ones. Once you take the step and experience how to make donuts you'll be moving the kids right in next to you. It is fun!
These donuts aren’t too sweet and they even have an extra crunch for satisfaction. Baked, not fried and they travel well. That means they can go in the car with you or in a backpack.
The only problem with that is you might want to break into your energy snacks too soon. These donuts are tempting.
Trail Mix Ingredients
You can use any of your favorite nuts and seeds.
If you are allergic to nuts then a variety of seeds would be great too.
This is my mix for this cake donut recipe:
Peanuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sunflower seeds.
I didn't even measure and just eyeballed what I had. Fewer cashews than everything else and I chopped the cashews a bit.
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After I made this cake donut recipe for the first time it was an awakening. The donuts were even better than the cake donuts I remembered from my childhood. Not only that - they were so easy.
You would think that homemade donuts were just too hard to tackle. I did! Not true and now that there are all of these wonderful donut pans on the market everything is super easy.
Helpful Tools for Making Baked Cake Donuts
You can even use mini bundt cake pans. You only fill up the batter to donut depth and there is a pretty pattern on top.
The only other things you need is a spatula and a spoon for scooping and a food processor. Hamilton Beach is a great one at an affordable price.
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Baked cake donuts come in many varieties and another one that I have on the blog is Maple Glazed Donuts. You know they're good!
So don't get fooled. The picture below is not of the trail mix donuts. It's a different recipe, a bit sweeter and equally delicious. In a different way.
You have to try these too. They don't travel as well because of the icing but they are such a nice treat.
Looking good, eh? So now you can get serious and get down to some new and perfect 'make and bake' donuts. Eat them immediately and/or save for an outing, trip or picnic.
Baked Trail Mix Cake Donuts
- 1 tablespoon chia seed meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water - this substitutes for one egg
- ⅔ cup coconut oil
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup organic granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dairy free milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup trail mix, store bought of your own mix
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease donut pans with coconut oil for a total of 12 donuts, or use silicone donut pans or non stick.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a medium-size bowl, combine the coconut oil, milk, mixed chia seed meal and water mixture, vanilla and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the trail mix. Try not to over mix.
- Evenly distribute the batter in the prepared pans. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes.
- When done, pop the donuts out of the pans and let cool on a wire rack. These are great warm or cold.
Can You Freeze Baked Trail Mix Cake Donuts?
Yes! See below how easy it is.
Storing in the refrigerator:
Will keep covered in the refrigerator for about 1 week.
Freeze in either a resealable plastic freezer bags or a hard-sided freezer container for up to 3 months.
Defrost in the refrigerator. You can zap them for a few seconds in the microwave right before serving too. See? Easy!
Donuts are such a treat and truthfully easier than you think to make. Did you ever eat donut holes? You must have popped one in your mouth at one time or another.
That's the danger here - pop one in your mouth. They are just way to easy to pop one in your mouth and then all of a sudden it's two, three, four ...
But hey, that equals about a donut, doesn't it? Not too bad at all. Check out these little beauties. Cashew Sugared Donut Holes!