These Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes are not only fun and delicious but also easy to make and packed with protein. They’re made with just 6 nourishing ingredients, so they nourish your body and your soul! Oh – and they can be made in the air fryer!

A pile of cottage cheese churro donut holes on a grey plate. Someone is picking one up off of the plate.

What can’t cottage cheese do?

If you’ve been on social media over the past couple of months, you have noticed that cottage cheese is having a BIG moment, and I am SO here for it. Cottage cheese is like a magician in the kitchen; it can transform into sweet or savoury dishes effortlessly. Its creamy texture and mild tanginess make it an ideal ingredient for a wide range of recipes. And today, we’re exploring its sweet side with these heavenly Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes. But what makes cottage cheese truly remarkable is its impressive protein content, making it a nutritious addition to any meal or snack.

Why You’ll Love These Donut Holes:

  1. Delicious and fun to make.
  2. Easy and quick to make.
  3. Made with just 6 nourishing ingredients.
  4. High in protein.
  5. Everyone will love them – from kids to your fancy guests.
  6. Can be made in the air fryer!
  7. They’re a great treat for sharing (or not sharing ;))
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Let’s make these Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes

The Simple Healthy Ingredients:

  • Wholemeal Plain Flour: This nourishing ingredient retains the bran and germ of the wheat grain, making it a healthier alternative to refined white flour. It’s rich in dietary fiber, aiding digestion and regulating blood sugar levels. It also provides essential nutrients like B vitamins, iron, and magnesium, contributing to overall well-being.
  • Baking Powder: Though used in a small quantity, baking powder plays a crucial role in making these donut holes light and fluffy. Its addition allows the donut holes to rise without excessive amounts of fats, making them a more nourishing option.
  • Cottage Cheese: The star of this recipe, contributing both flavor and nutrition. It’s an excellent source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle repair and growth. Cottage cheese also contains calcium, supporting bone health and proper nerve and muscle function.
  • Coconut Sugar: As a more wholesome sweetener choice, coconut sugar adds a touch of natural sweetness to the donut holes. Unlike refined sugar, it retains some nutrients, including small amounts of iron, zinc, and potassium. It also has a lower glycemic index, causing a slower rise in blood sugar levels.
  • Cinnamon: The inclusion of cinnamon not only infuses these donut holes with a warm and delightful flavor but also offers potential health benefits. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, combating oxidative stress in the body. It may also aid in regulating blood sugar levels and have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a nourishing addition.
A pile of cottage cheese churro donut holes on a grey plate in the background. Someone is holding one of the donut holes that has been bitten and you can see the fluffy texture.

How to make churro donut holes

Preparation:

Preheat your oven or air fryer to 180°C (350°F) or 160°C (fan-assisted) if needed. Blend cottage cheese until smooth and velvety, creating a creamy base for the donut holes. In a mixing bowl, whisk together wholemeal plain flour, baking powder, and coconut sugar, forming a delightful blend of dry ingredients. Gently fold the smooth cottage cheese into the bowl until combined, creating a cohesive dough.

Shaping and Baking:

Shape the dough into 12 equal portions, forming bite-sized balls ready for their cinnamon-sugar coating. Place the dough balls in your air fryer or on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them bake for 10-12 minutes until golden perfection.

The Final Touch: Cinnamon-Sugar Coating:

Combine cinnamon and coconut sugar in a small bowl, creating the finishing touch that elevates these donut holes to true churro-inspired indulgence. Gently dip each donut hole into a bowl of milk, ensuring it gets lightly coated, and then roll the milk-coated ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

As you complete this last step, you’ll be rewarded with a plate full of mouthwatering Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes, satisfying your Churro cravings in a nourishing way!

A pile of cottage cheese churro donut holes on a grey plate. The donut hole on top has been bitten and you can see the fluffy texture.

How to Store Churro Donut Holes:

To keep your Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes fresh and delicious, follow these storage instructions:

Room Temperature Storage: If consuming on the same day, store at room temperature in an airtight container to maintain their texture. Note that donut holes are best enjoyed fresh.

Refrigeration: For longer storage, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 days to preserve freshness.

Freezing: To store for an extended period, freeze the donut holes in a single layer on a baking sheet for about an hour. Then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 2 to 3 months.

Reheating: To enjoy frozen or refrigerated donut holes, reheat for a few seconds in the microwave or preheated oven until warm and crisp.

Remember to refresh the cinnamon-sugar coating before serving if needed. Enjoy these delightful treats at their best, whether freshly made or stored for later enjoyment!

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Healthy and Easy Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes

These Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes are not only fun and delicious but also easy to make and packed with protein. They're made with just 6 nourishing ingredients, so they nourish your body and your soul! AND they can be made in the air fryer!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Healthy
Servings 12 balls
Calories 68 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the dough

For the cinnamon sugar coating

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven or air fryer to 180°C (350°F) or 160°C (fan-assisted) if needed.
  • Blend cottage cheese until smooth and velvety, creating a creamy base for the donut holes.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together wholemeal plain flour, baking powder, and coconut sugar to form a delightful blend of dry ingredients.
  • Gently fold the smooth cottage cheese into the bowl until combined, creating a cohesive dough.
  • Shape the dough into 12 equal portions, forming bite-sized balls ready for their cinnamon-sugar coating.
  • Place the dough balls in your air fryer or on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them bake for 10-12 minutes until golden perfection.
  • Combine cinnamon and coconut sugar in a small bowl, creating the finishing touch that elevates these donut holes to true churro-inspired indulgence.
  • Gently dip each donut hole into a bowl of milk, ensuring it gets lightly coated.
  • Roll the milk-coated ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, ensuring every bit is covered in the sweet and spicy goodness.

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Notes

Read the full blog post when making these Healthy and Easy Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes for extra tips along the way!
 
 
 
 
These nutritional values are provided as a guide only and may be different depending on your ingredients and measurements.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy and Easy Cottage Cheese Churro Donut Holes
Serving Size
 
1 ball
Amount per Serving
Calories
68
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.9
g
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
9.1
g
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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