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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Donuts

Pressure cooker donuts only have 3 ingredients and are so easy to make for breakfast or dessert. Add melted chocolate and sprinkles on the top and they’re done perfectly in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi!

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OH MY goodness these pressure cooker donuts came out so good! The girls and I decided to “bake” in our Instant Pot this weekend and I thought donut holes would be fun. You can make Ninja Foodi donuts the same way. Added to our list of easy Instant Pot recipes, (originally published 2/19, affiliate links present)

Ok so we’re a little pressure cooker happy but seriously, I can’t tell you the last time I actually turned on my oven.

Ever since I got these two multi function kitchen appliances I have just gone to town with them.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

What is the best pressure cooker you might ask:

  • I’ve had my Instant Pot since it emerged 2.5 years ago, and now have 3 different sizes. 😉
  • The Ninja Foodi is an air fryer meets a pressure cooker and it is making its mark in the cooking world with a vengeance and we love it’s dual function.
  • Here’s a free Ninja Foodi cookbook to help you find easy pressure cooker and air fryer recipes and I offer a free Instant Pot cookbook with a few of my recipes in it here too!

Pressure cooker donuts

cake mix donut holes

They may not look perfect when they’re done but just pop them out and turn them over and they will! Smother them with melted chocolate and let the kids decorate them and nobody will care that they aren’t perfect anyway.

Perfection is way overrated. 😉

This is what you need to make this delicious Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi breakfast your whole family will love!

  1. Box of cake mix – we used this one (you could swap for any flavor but chocolate cake donuts were always my favorite and that is what these taste like)
  2. Non stick spray
  3. Egg mold
  4. Buttermilk
    1. this is a buttermilk substitute if you need one
  5. Eggs
  6. White chocolate chips – if you want to frost them
    1. Coconut oil – makes chocolate melt amazingly well
    2. Sprinkles

Can you double this recipe?

  • YES!
  • The recipe for pressure cooker donut holes below makes approx. 10 donut holes, 7 holes are in an egg mold so you’d make 2 batches
instant pot donut holes

How to make donuts with cake mix in the oven?

  • We’ve done that too!
  • Just follow our cake mix donuts post directions
    • in a bowl mix ingredients and get ready to prepare them
  • You will need this donut pan
  • We put the batter into a pint size freezer bag and cut off the tip to squeeze it into the pan easier (or a pastry bag works but is more expensive)
  • Bake semi homemade donuts in the oven
  • Allow to cool on paper towels
  • Frost like we did with these pressure cooker donuts
  • Enjoy!

We have a fried donut recipe here too.

homemade donut holes

How to melt white chocolate chips

  • It’s easier than you think but there is a trick to it!
  • Put 1 c. white chocolate chips into a small bowl – I use paper bowls so I can just throw them away after, if not it is really stuck on there
  • Add 1/2 tsp. coconut oil into your bowl – this makes chocolate melt amazingly well
  • Put your bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds
  • Take out and stir well
  • Put back into your microwave for another 30 seconds cooking time
  • Stir quickly and this should be enough time so that with your stirring it becomes completely smooth and is ready to coat your doughnuts
  • Hold donut hole to the side and spoon liquid white chocolate over the top 1/2
  • Set on non stick surface – like this cutting board or parchment paper works too
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Instant Pot donuts

  1. Make sure you spray the inside holes of your egg mold – or else they will kinda’ stick when popping them out
  2. Take the foil off immediately once you take them out so the condensation doesn’t drip down and get them wet
  3. Wait a few minutes once you take them out to pop each one out so they can settle and cool a bit – don’t want to burn any fingers
  4. Allow your doughnuts to cool before coating with your melted white chocolate coating or the chocolate don’t be able to cool and harden as quickly
  5. Sprinkle immediately once your chocolate is on there or else it will harden and toppings won’t stick

Other than that enjoy making these Ninja Foodi donuts or these work in any other pressure cooker like an Instant Pot or Crockpot Express pot too!

  • For the Ninja Foodi machine you will use the pressure button and your pressure lid (the one that isn’t attached), then directions below.

Or you can make this air fryer donut recipe in it! Our biscuit donuts are pretty fabulous too.

air fryer donuts 2

Looking for other pressure cooker dessert recipes

If you want to make donuts from scratch we have this easy recipe for homemade donut holes here too. Let us know below or send comments by email to let us know how you loved these Instant Pot donuts yourself!

Watch the video showing how easy these donut holes are to make:

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Pressure Cooker Donuts

Pressure cooker donuts only have 3 ingredients and are so easy to make for breakfast or dessert. Add melted chocolate and sprinkles on the top and they’re done perfectly in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi! 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, chocolate, crockpot express, dessert, donuts, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 222kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Mix together your cake mix, buttermilk and egg well.
  • Spray the inside holes in your egg mold with non stick spray.
  • Put a trivet inside your pot with 1.5 c water.
  • Fill your egg mold holes 3/4 of the way full and cover with foil, use a foil sling to lower egg mold on to your trivet.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 12 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then let out rest of steam.
  • Take mold out of pot. Take off foil immediately and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Pop donut holes out of mold and set on a paper towel, or enjoy them immediately if you aren’t adding frosting.
  • If adding frosting put white chocolate chips and coconut oil dollop in the middle. Put in microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Stir, then microwave for additional 30 seconds. Stir until lumps smooth out.
  • Spoon white chocolate over tops of donut holes, place on non stick surface (parchment paper works), then sprinkle with sprinkles etc… Allow to cool and harden then enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Donuts
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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amir rasouli

Friday 5th of March 2021

Are the egg molds something like this: I have these, but they are meant for freezing things. If it is silicone, then what would be the difference?


Friday 4th of December 2020

I thought I read not to use cooking spray in the egg cups.

The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of December 2020

I have never had an issue using that

Katherine J

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Can I use chocolate chips instead of white?

The Typical Mom

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Yes, I would add a touch of coconut oil when melting though

Timothy J Donovan II

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Good but not donuts. But donut holes. Thanks

Laurie Reimer

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

I love the molds for eggbites and now I have another reason to love them! question:will they cook ok if I double decked them in the pot? I have 2 molds.

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