Mashed Potato Donut Balls

It’s National Donut Day.  Here is a “healthier” donut ball recipe that my boys really enjoy:

Mashed Potato Donut Balls

Makes 40 donut balls
Calories: 25 per donut

1/3 cup potato flakes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg (optional)

Peanut Oil for frying
Powdered sugar
Cinnamon Sugar

Preheat oil to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together.  Drop by spoonful in to preheated oil and cook until browned on each side.  Remove from oil and roll in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.
This batter will usually “self-flip”.  So, if you have been frustrated when making donut holes or donut balls before because they would not stay flipped and the donut would over cook on one side, but under-cook on the other – this recipe will make you happy.

I prefer to use plain, nonfat yogurt instead of the sour cream.  Ricotta cheese is another alternative fat to use.  Instead of the sugar, I substitute 2T of honey and 2 T applesauce to cut down on calories. Enjoy!

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