Have you ever wondered what it would taste like if you took flaky biscuit dough, rolled it into a ball and deep-fried it? No? Well, at least now you know exactly what Bonuts are.
I went on a trip to Nashville last year and found myself at a little restaurant called Biscuit Love. Which, as you could probably guess, sells a lot of biscuits. But they are best known for their Bonuts. As you can imagine, eating deep-fried biscuit dough coated in sugar is out of this world. Problem is, it’s not exactly healthy.
That’s why I wanted to recreate these wonderful little pillows of happiness. And honestly, I love these almost as much as the real thing. I promise you can feed these to anyone, and they would never guess they’re low calorie.
Now, I want to be very clear up front. These aren’t packed with protein. A lot of times, a “healthy” or “macro friendly” recipe means a recipe that has been loaded up with protein. Look, I love protein as much as the next guy. But infusing food with protein just for the sake of it doesn’t always make sense. I wanted flaky biscuit dough and I was not willing to sacrifice on texture.
And while these may not be loaded with protein, they are super low calorie. 45 calories to be exact. I can’t find the nutritional info of the Nashville Bonuts, but I’m willing to bet they’re much more unhealthy.
What’s the secret to these bad boys? A few things…
For this recipe, you just need to buy biscuit dough of your choice (unless you want to make your own), and we’ll be cutting it up and forming donut holes from that.
Easy enough, huh?
We’ll actually get close to 4 donuts from each biscuit, and I ended up with 30 Bonuts total. Don’t worry, they poof up nicely so they are not too small at all!
To cut the bonuts out, I just used a cap from a container of sprinkles I had in my cabinet. It seemed to be a great size for me to use to cut them out, so you can use anything comparable! Worst case scenario, you could always just use a knife to cut each biscuit into 4 pieces, then ball them up.
You might think that biscuits are unhealthy, but you’d be surprised. Go to the grocery store and browse the refrigerated section for some biscuit dough. The Kroger brand that I bought contained 8 biscuits, each 160 calories. While they are not necessarily “healthy”, there’s also not much to them and won’t kill you on macros.
The Cooking Method
You’re going to need an air fryer for this one. I just recently got into the world of air frying, and it lives up to the hype. Putting these in the air fryer allows you to get the crispy exterior and the soft, flaky interior, without the use of oil.
I got my air fryer as a gift from QVC, but Amazon has a ton you can buy and have really quickly. Ninja makes a great one!
The key here is that we’re frying them up twice. We’re gonna toss them in the air fryer to cook them, give them a coating, and then throw them back in to get a nice crisp to them.
By coating them in sugar and then air frying once more, it creates an amazing crisp on the exterior. I use a similar method for my Protein Churro Bites.
Can you bake these in the oven? You definitely can, but you’re not going to get that same crunchy exterior + soft interior that the air fryer provides. My thinking is that you’ll end up with much more of a sweet-tasting biscuit than a crispy donut texture. But, worth a shot!
How to serve Bonuts
If you want to just pop these bonuts into your mouth as-is like regular donut holes, go for it!
If you want to serve these up and you’re feeling a bit fancy, follow my lead and serve them in the same way that Biscuit Love in Nashville does it.
When you order bonuts at Biscuit Love, they are served hot & fresh over a fruit compote. Since I’m all about keeping things simple around here, I just purchased a fruit spread to use a compote.
I bought a “Super Fruit Spread” from Trader Joe’s, and it was a great addition to this recipe. The spread is essentially a compote made from cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, & grape.
Then, to top things off, Biscuit Love adds a bit of buttercream frosting on top. To mimic that (and keep things simple) we’re going to whip up a very simple cream cheese frosting.
The frosting is a very simple combination of cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Really, that’s it!
Want more donuts?
If you’re reading this recipe, you love donuts, and I can’t blame ya. If you want to make some other homemade donuts, check out some of my favorite recipes:
- Healthier Air Fryer Donut Holes
- Healthier Chocolate Donut Holes
- Protein Apple Cider Donuts
- Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Donuts
- 12 oz Biscuit Dough of Choice (1 Container)
- Butter Spray or Cooking Spray
- Granulared Sugar Substitue for Coating
For Optional Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 tbsp Cream Cheese (I used Greek Cream Cheese)
- 8g Granular Sugar Substitute
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Open up your biscuit dough and lay them out on a cutting board or parchment paper.
- Cut circles out of your dough, about the size of a silver dollar. You should get 2 circles out of each biscuit, for reference. With the scraps that are left over from cutting the circles, you’ll be able to create a few more. (I don’t own a pastry cutter, so I just used the cap from my container of sprinkles). If you'd rather, you could use a butter knife to simply slice each biscuit into 4 pieces.
- Once you have all your circles, gently roll them in your hands to form a ball. Place them in your air fryer with enough space to allow them to expand (you should plan on making 2 batches).
- Air fry at 360°F for 5 minutes. They won't be completely done just yet, but we're going to be adding them back in for more time.
- Spray your Bonuts with butter spray, or a comparable spray (coconut oil, for example). We just want some light butter to act as a binder, plus it adds that delicious buttery flavor! Then, in a large bowl, toss your Bonuts in sugar to lightly coat them (I didn't measure the total amount of sugar I used).
- Place your Bonuts back in the air fryer at 360°F for another 3 minutes.
- A lot of the sugar is going to melt, so these will be HOT when they’re done. Carefully remove the bonuts from the air fryer with tongs and toss in additional sugar to coat. Place on a cooling rack, and repeat for your second batch.
If you want to add cream cheese frosting:
In a bowl, whisk together 4 Tbsp cream cheese, 8g granular sugar substitute, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. When it’s all combined, put it in a small plastic bag and cut the tip off to create a piping tool, and lightly top your Bonuts with the frosting.
- I wanted to enjoy mine the same way as the first Bonuts I ate in Nashville, and those were served over a compote. I used Trader Joe’s Super Fruit Spread here, and it paired SO well. The spread is essentially a compote made from cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, & grape. When you combine that with the buttery Bonut and the sweet cream, you have one giant flavor bomb.
- You can also cut these into donut shapes to make full-sized bonuts, if you prefer. Use your cap or small cutter to cut a small donut hole out of the center and follow the same instructions to bake the full sized donut!
Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size 1 Bonut
Amount Per Serving Calories 45Total Fat 1gCarbohydrates 7gProtein 1g