These Fruity Pebble Baked Vanilla Donuts (aka, cereal milk donuts) are made with sweet cereal milk, baked in the oven, and dunked in a cereal milk glaze.
When topped with Fruity Pebbles, these yummy baked vanilla donuts make such a festive dessert or breakfast treat!
Plus, these baked rainbow donuts are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day breakfast (or St. Patrick’s Day dessert)!
Plus a step-by-step video!
All right, so, I was at the grocery store the other day stocking up on ingredients for the next round of blog desserts.
Majorly stocking up.
Apart from the one box of Blueberry Morning cereal, my cart looked like I was out shopping by myself for the first time ever and had no idea that Oreos, ice cream, marshmallow fluff, and Fruity Pebbles were not considered part of an “essential” food group.
Can I just take a second and talk about how grateful I am for self-checkouts? Let me tell you…
But seriously, whoever you are, you have my eternal gratitude. E-T-E-R-N-A-L.
If it weren’t for those things, the cashier would have most definitely had questions, most of which revolving around why, at my age, I had no concept of nutrition.
Those little checkouts saved my dignity. 🙌🏻
Those Fruity Pebbles were put to good use in these Fruity Pebble Baked Vanilla Donuts.
Now, growing up, the sweetest cereal we ever had was Blueberry Morning (which, clearly, is still one of my favs). We didn’t eat Fruity Pebbles or Fruit Loops much (or at all), and the first time I had Lucky Charms (in college might, I add), I discovered I wasn’t missing all that much.
But, these rainbow inspired cereals are f-a-n-a-s-t-i-c on some donuts. Plus, how cute are these rainbow donuts for St. Patrick’s Day??? They’re totally the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Plus, the ingredients for these rainbow baked donuts are super simple:
- flour, sugar & baking powder
- nutmeg & salt
- egg & canola oil
- vanilla extract
- cereal milk (cereal + milk soaked for 20 minutes)
- fruity pebbles
In general, I’m not a huge St. Patty’s Day person, mainly because I don’t love any holiday that involves pinching people who forget to wear green (me, always).
However, I am certainly alllllll about the St. Patrick’s Day desserts, breakfasts, and treats (surprise surprise). I don’t actually have all that much on here dedicated to this day, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down some Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies or Pistachio Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I mean, I wouldn’t turn these down, well, ever, but I would A-Okay with these served up on Saint Patrick’s Day (with a side of these rainbow baked donuts and maybe a tall glass of milk or foamy homemade latte).
Have you ever made Vanilla Baked Donuts before? Or, any baked donuts recipe before?
As long as you have a donut pan, baked donuts are so easy to make at home! They’re a lot like cake donuts, in both flavor and texture, but I love that they’re baked and not fried, making them a little lighter.
Of course, I wouldn’t call these healthy baked donuts per say; however, I’ll take a little healthier baked vanilla donuts any day. 😉
These vanilla baked donuts (with cereal milk and rainbow festiveness 😍) truly are easy to make. After making the cereal milk (more explanation down below), everything is mixed together in a bowl and then spooned or piped into a greased donut pan.
Apart from the glaze, that’s all it takes to make donuts at home!
Fruity Pebble Baked Vanilla Donuts Recipe Tips & Tricks:
- The first thing about this baked donut recipe is that they’re cereal and milk donuts! Meaning, not only are they topped with Fruity Pebble cereal, they’re made with Fruity Pebble cereal milk.
- Fruity Pebbles are soaked in milk for 20-30 minutes, then the cereal is drained and the extra sweet milk is used in the baked donut batter. However, there is one key thing here when it comes to this cereal milk. Technically, the recipe only needs 1/2 cup of milk (plus 2-3 more Tbsp for the glaze), but, you will need to soak the cereal with 1 cup milk, because the cereal will soak up quite a bit of the milk.
- Baked Donuts cook quickly, so you do want to keep an eye on them, otherwise they can over bake easily. As soon as the donuts have puffed and ‘spring’ back when touched, they’re done.
- Lastly, you want to grease the donut pan generously with baking spray, otherwise it can be pretty difficult to pop them out of the tin.
Donuts are life.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Fruity Pebbles
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp cereal milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Fruity Pebbles
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a donut pan well with baking spray.
- Combine milk and Fruity Pebbles cereal in bowl and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain cereal from milk. Measure out 1/2 cup for the donut batter, reserving the rest for the glaze.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt together.
- Add in the egg, 1/2 cup cereal milk, vanilla extract, and oil. Mix until just combined.
- Spoon or pipe the batter into each donut cavity, filling about 3/4 of the way full (you will have enough batter for about 8 donuts).
- Bake for Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the donuts are lightly golden and 'spring' back when touched.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove the donuts from the pan and allow them to continue cooling on a wire rack (about 10 minutes).
- Whisk powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp of cereal milk (using the reserved cereal milk) until combined. Whisk in vanilla extract. If the glaze is still too thick, add in another Tbsp of cereal milk.
- Sprinkle donuts with Fruity Pebbles before the glaze hardens, and allow the glaze to set before eating (about 5 minutes).
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