Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts

Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts are made with canned biscuits and a quick coconut lime glaze. Top them with toasted coconut and you have a quick and easy breakfast or treat.

air fryer coconut lime donuts on a plate with glaze and limes on a cutting board
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Ingredients Needed for this Air Fryer Donut Recipe

  • can of large, flaky biscuits
  • non-stick spray for air fryer
  • confectioners powdered sugar
  • coconut extract
  • lime juice and zest
  • toasted coconut flakes
coconut lime donuts with limes

How to Make these Easy Donuts

  1. Remove the biscuits from the can and allow them to rise on a cutting board or silicone mat. Use the tool of your choice (I used a piping tip!) to make a hole in each biscuit. Now you have 8 large donuts and 8 donut holes to air fry.
  2. Preheat your air fryer at 350º. Once preheated, spray the basket with non-stick spray. Place 3-4 donuts and holes in the basket and spray the top of them. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes, spraying the other side after flipping.
  3. Once the donuts are nice and brown, remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool. While the donuts are cooking and cooling, make the coconut lime glaze.
  4. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together to fully incorporate the powdered sugar.
  5. Once your donuts have cooled, top with the glaze and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Enjoy!

Different Ways to Make a Hole in the Biscuit

I don’t make donuts that often so I’ve never purchased a donut cutter. They do make them, they are cookie cutters with a large hole around a small hole just like a donut. A lot of times you don’t need a specific tool for one thing. Here are some ideas of what tool you might have around your kitchen to make a hole in your donut:

  • bottom of a large piping tip
  • shot glass
  • the lid of cooking spray (or any round lid with deep sides)
  • cookie/biscuit cutter
  • if you can’t find any of these, you can use a knife
biscuit with piping tip to cut a hole for donuts

Tips on making the Coconut Lime Glaze

To get the glaze nice and smooth, use a whisk to make sure all of the powdered sugar gets mixed in well. You can add more lime juice or a little milk if you want a thinner glaze. For the coconut extract, I started with 1/2 tsp and added another 1/2 after tasting the ratio. Remember, you can always add more flavor but you can’t remove it!

frosting and toasted coconut for donuts

An easy Way to Toast Coconut

Did you know you can toast coconut in the microwave?? Place sweetened coconut on a microwave-safe plate, cook for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir around. Put back into the microwave for 20-30 second intervals, stirring after each time to even out cooking. Be careful, it’s hot!!! You can also toast coconut in the oven or on the stovetop in a pan. I always burn it on the stove so the microwave has become my method of choice.

Which Air Fryer I Use

There are so many different types of air fryers out there now, and each one is slightly different. There are countertop air fryers, air fryer ovens, and air fryer attachments to name a few. I have the Mealthy CrispLid attachment for my Instant Pot and I love it! It fits right on top of my Instant Pot and has a glass lid so I can see what’s happening to my food while air frying. It is a little smaller than some other air fryers out there, but it’s the perfect size for my family of 3!

air fryer donuts, frosting, toasted coconut and limes on a cutting board

Air Fryer Tips

  • Non-stick spray is your friend! You always want to spray the basket and food before air frying (unless otherwise noted) so that nothing sticks to the basket and the outside of your food gets nice and crispy.
  • Preheating the Air Fryer makes a big difference. Preheating will help with even cooking and less wait time in the beginning. If you don’t preheat, the first batch will cook differently than the next, etc.
  • I’ve started putting a piece of foil at the bottom of my pot under the basket to catch any oil or food that falls, it makes clean up so much easier!
  • Remember to always read the instruction manual and follow what your manufacturer recommends.

Can these be made without an Air Fryer?

Yes! IF you don’t have an air fryer, no problem. Preheat your oven to 350º. Dip each donut in melted butter or spray with non-stick spray on both sides. Place on a baking sheet and bake for around 15 minutes. They are done when they are nice and golden brown. Allow them to cool before adding the glaze.

air fried toasted coconut lime donut and limes
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Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts

Air Fryer Toasted Coconut Lime Donuts are easy to make with canned biscuits and a quick coconut lime glaze with toasted coconut.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, air fryer donuts, air fryer recipes, biscuit donuts, canned biscuits, coconut, coconut lime, coconut lime frosting, donuts, easy donuts, easy recipe, lime
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8 Donuts
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 can large flaky biscuits
  • 1 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp coconut flavoring
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted

Instructions

  • Open the can of biscuits and place them on a non-stick surface (i.e. silicone mat, wax paper, cutting board) or a plate. This will allow them to rise slightly as you are prepping.
    canned biscuits
  • Create a hole in each of the biscuits using your tool of choice. As you can see in the photo, I used a large piping tip, the bottom was the perfect size! Now you have 8 large donuts and 8 donut holes to air fry.
    biscuit with piping tip to cut a hole for donuts
  • Preheat your air fryer for a few minutes at 350°. Once preheated, spray the basket with non-stick spray, place 3-4 donuts and holes in the basket and spray the top of them. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes, spraying the other side after flipping.
    biscuits in air fryer for donuts
  • Once the donuts are nice and brown on each side, remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool. While the donuts are cooking and cooling, make the coconut lime glaze.
    air fried donuts after air frying
  • Add all of the ingredients for the glaze into a bowl and whisk together to fully incorporate the powdered sugar. You can add more lime juice or a little milk if you want a thinner glaze.
    coconut lime frosting for donuts
  • Once your donuts have cooled, top with the glaze and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Enjoy!
    coconut lime donuts with limes

Notes

Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines. 

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