Yummy Kūmara Doughnuts

Transform one of our favourite veggies into a sweet treat with our recipe for Kūmara Doughnuts. These morsels of deliciousness only require a few basic ingredients and are super easy to make. We reckon this is going to become your new fave go-to treat!

Kūmara Doughnuts

Servings 8
Total Time 40 minutes


  • ½ cup cooked, mashed orange kūmara
  • ¼ cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 cups flavourless oil, for frying e.g. rice bran, vegetable
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • If you have a microwave, poke kūmara with a fork and microwave 6-8 minutes, until soft. Once cooked, peel off skin and mash with a fork. If you don't have a microwave, you will need to peel and chop your kūmara and boil it, until tender.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk and egg, add flour, baking powder and kūmara. Stir until combined and resembles a thick paste.
  • Place oil in a small pot, until about 5cm deep. Heat on medium heat. Place a small piece of dough in the oil, once it starts bubbling, the oil is ready. Alternatively, if you have a cooking thermometer, heat oil to 180°C. If you'd prefer to bake your doughnuts instead, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a mini muffin tin and fill with ¼ cup batter in each cup. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
  • To test your oil temperature, do one doughnut first. Using two teaspoons, spoon a small amount of better onto one spoon, then push it into the oil, away from you, using the other spoon. Be careful, the oil is very hot! Cook doughnut for about 4 minutes, until golden and cooked through. If your doughnut starts to burn before it's cooked in the middle, turn the heat down.
  • Continue this process with the remaining batter, cooking 3-4 at a time. Transfer to a paper towel once cooked.
  • Place sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and toss cooked donuts in it, then transfer to serving dish to enjoy. If you baked your doughnuts, toss them in a little melted butter before tossing in cinnamon sugar.

*Like this recipe? Be sure to check out our other veggie desserts: Sweetcorn Maple Cake, Beetroot Choccy Brownies and Self-Saucing Carrot Pudding.

*Featured in Bargain Box Veggie.

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