Jun 3

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Tofu Donuts

in Dessert, Honey, Japanese, Oyatsu/Snack

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Tofu Donuts

Happy National Donut Day!!  I hope you’re celebrating!  Today I’m sharing a recipe for Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Tofu Donuts.  A couple of weeks ago my friend Noriko sent me the link to a recipe for baked tofu donuts.

Baked Tofu Donuts CoolingCoating the tofu donuts with cinnamon and sugar

After making several variations on the recipe, this is what I eventually ended up with.  I figure that because these are baked, contain tofu, and are mini, they’re good for you, right?  Don’t try and tell me otherwise, because I’ll stick my fingers in my ears and start singing “I Am Woman” at the top of my lungs.  You have been warned.  These donuts are moist and jam packed with cinnamon and sugar flavor.  You’d never guess they have tofu in them!

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Tofu Donuts ready to eat

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Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Tofu Donuts

Recipe adapted from Cookpad.com

Makes 12 mini donuts

6 ounces silken (soft) tofu
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of salt

For Cinnamon and Sugar Coating:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 12 cups of a mini donut pan.

2. Mix together the tofu, brown sugar, honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract in a medium size bowl until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the tofu mixture and whisk until smooth.

4. Use a piping bag or a spoon to fill each donut cup about three-quarters full, making sure the center post is clear.

5. Bake until the donuts are a light golden brown and spring back when touched (about 15 minutes). Let cool slightly, then gently turn the donuts out onto a cooling rack.

6. Add the cinnamon and sugar coating: Whisk together the granulated sugar and cinnamon and put the melted butter in a small bowl. Dip each donut in the melted butter then sprinkle with a coating of cinnamon and sugar and put the donut on the cooling rack to dry. Repeat with the rest of the donuts. After a couple of minutes, add a second cinnamon and sugar coating and serve.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Urban Wife June 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Looks delicious! I’m not a big donut fan but I especially love the cinnamon sugar combo!


Heather (Heather's Dish) June 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Um your tofu donuts look delightful…better than the average donut! Yum!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Rachael…they look…fabulous!!

They look way better than the free donuts Dunkin Donuts is giving away today…by a long shot they look way better :)

Tofu in donuts with cinny sugar sprinkled on top? I am all over that one!


[email protected] June 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

ok, i think it’s official… you are the donut queen! i’m lovin’ these recipes…can you open up a shop so i can just buy them from you? ;)


Katrina June 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

This is a really great idea! Yum!


Ethan June 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Happy belated donut day! and yes, I agree with you, these are totally healthy for you!


Yuri June 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

My kind of treat! Of course these are healthy, I mean hello? TOFU and only 1 teaspoon of oil? Send me half a dozen please :) thanks for sharing, I’ve had tofu doughnuts on my mind ever since you mentioned them on Twitter!


Abigail (aka Mamatouille) June 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I totally forgot about Cookpad but used it a bit when I was in Japan! These make me want to get back into it again!


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc June 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

I bookmarked that recipe on cookpad some time ago, but totally forgot about it. Japanese use tofu in everything. Tofu in donuts, tofu in ‘cheese’cake, tofu ice cream. What else? I miss having tofu donuts in Japan. I think they should do tofu donuts everywhere else in the world too!!


Joy June 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My aunt would love this recipe. I would never think of using tofu.


Sharon June 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

Waiting for my mini-donut pan to arrive just so that I can make these gems! Also, any other recipes you can post for using Mori-Nu boxed silken tofu for recipes other than miso soup would be appreciated.


Sharon January 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I must have done something completely wrong (maybe my baking powder was too old) because turned out a dozen gummy little rubber rings. Not at all fluffy looking like yours. The taste wasn’t bad, but the texture was awful. They were also ugly because I didn’t pipe them into the pan, and there were a bunch of “stalagmites” where the sticky batter clung to my spoon. :(


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