Get your breakfast game on point with these colorful Fruity Pebbles donuts! Loaded with fruity cereal goodness, these baked treats are topped off with a sweet strawberry glaze and more crunchy Fruity Pebbles cereal. They're easy to make and perfect for adding some fun to your morning routine!
The Fruity Pebbles donuts recipe is a fun and unique twist on the classic breakfast pastry, bringing together childhood nostalgia and delicious flavors in one delightful treat.
This recipe is perfect for special occasions such as a birthday breakfast and brunches, or even just a fun family weekend breakfast.
With its vibrant colors and playful presentation, these donuts are sure to impress guests of all ages.
If you're looking for an easy donut recipe, be sure to check out our bisquick donuts made quickly and easily from bisquick mix.
Here are the stars of these homemade baked donuts:
Fruity Pebbles Cereal: This beloved childhood cereal adds a fun pop of color and fruity flavor to the donut base as well as the glaze.
Buttermilk: The tangy flavor of buttermilk works wonderfully with the sweetness of the cereal, adding a rich and creamy texture to the batter.
All-Purpose Flour: Used as the main ingredient for the donut base, the flour is what gives the donuts their perfect baked texture.
Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: Adding either of these ingredients provides moisture and a hint of tanginess to the batter.
Vanilla Extract: A classic flavor that pairs well with the fruity cereal and sweet strawberry glaze.
You'll also need some basic ingredients like
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Vegetable oil
- Powdered sugar
- Strawberry extract
- Pink gel food dye
See recipe card for quantities.
To get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your donut pan, making sure to evenly coat each cavity. Set the pan aside for later.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of Fruity Pebbles cereal and buttermilk. Give it a slight stir and set the bowl aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients for the donut batter - flour, baking powder, and baking soda - until fully combined.
Lightly whisk an egg and then add it to the bowl with the cereal and buttermilk mixture.
Add in the oil, vanilla extract, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and melted butter. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Gradually add the fruity pebble mixture to the flour mixture, stirring in between each addition until the batter is fully combined.
Using a piping bag with a Wilton 2A tip or a spoon, fill each cavity of the prepared donut pan about ¾ of the way full with batter.
Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the tops of the donuts are springy to the touch.
Once baked, remove the donut pan from the oven and let the donuts cool for about 15-20 minutes away from the heat source.
While the donuts are cooling, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze, except the cereal, in a separate bowl until they are fully combined.
Gently remove the cooled donuts from the pan and dip the tops in the prepared glaze.
Place the glazed donuts on a piece of parchment paper, a pan, or a plate.
Crush the remaining 1 cup of Fruity Pebbles cereal and sprinkle them in a diagonal direction across the corners of each glazed donut for an extra pop of flavor and texture.
Serve and enjoy your delicious homemade donuts!
Hint: Let the donuts cool completely before you dip them in the glaze. This will prevent the glaze from melting off of your donuts.
Cereal: If you can't find Fruity Pebbles cereal in your area, you can try using other fruity and colorful cereals like Trix or Fruit Loops.
Buttermilk: If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make a quick substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens.
Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: If you're out of Greek yogurt or sour cream, plain yogurt or even cream cheese can be used as a substitute. The tanginess of these ingredients works well with the sweetness of the cereal and glaze.
Oil: Instead of using canola or vegetable oil, you can use melted refined coconut oil or melted butter for a richer flavor. Just be sure to adjust the quantities accordingly.
Here are a few fun ideas to vary this recipe.
Cocoa Pebbles Donuts: Instead of using fruity pebbles, substitute cocoa pebbles in the recipe. Instead of using a strawberry glaze, dip the donuts in melted chocolate and sprinkle crushed Cocoa Pebbles on top for a double dose of indulgence.
Lemon Fruity Pebbles Donuts: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest to the batter and make a lemon glaze by mixing powdered sugar, lemon juice, and a drop of yellow food coloring. Top with more Fruity Pebbles or candied lemon peel.
Strawberry Fruity Pebbles Donuts: Swap out the vanilla extract for strawberry extract in the donuts and add a few drops of pink food coloring to the glaze for a fun and fruity twist. Top with fresh strawberries or a drizzle of strawberry syrup.
To store your donuts, place them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool area up 3 days.
If you need to store them for longer, you can freeze them but do so without the glaze. To freeze, place the donuts in a single layer in a freezer-safe container or bag and separate each layer with parchment paper.
The donuts will keep in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the donuts at room temperature for a few hours or heat them up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving.
To ensure your Fruity Pebbles stick to your glazed donuts, sprinkle crushed cereal on top immediately after glazing. If you wait for the glaze to harden, the cereal won't stick.
When making your glaze, slowly add one tablespoon of whole milk at a time until you achieve the perfect consistency. For me, it took about 3 tablespoons of milk to get the right texture.
These Fruity Pebbles donuts are a fun and colorful twist on a classic treat. Fluffy and cakey donuts with a sweet and crunchy glaze made with Fruity Pebbles cereal, perfect for breakfast or dessert!
For the Donuts
- 1 Cup Fruity Pebbles Cereal
- 3⁄4 Cup Buttermilk
- 1 2⁄3 Cup All-purpose Flour
- 3⁄4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1⁄4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1⁄2 Stick Salted Butter, melted (4 tablespoons)
- 1⁄2 Cup White Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Canola or Vegetable Oil
- 1⁄2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
For the Glaze
- 1 1⁄2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
- 3 Drops Pink Gel Food Dye
- 1 Cup Fruity Pebbles Cereal
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease donut pan
- Combine 1 cup of Fruity Pebbles and buttermilk in large mixing bowl, set aside
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda)
- Add lightly whisked egg, oil, vanilla, greek yogurt, and melted butter to bowl with cereal and buttermilk, stir until mixed
- Slowly add flour mixture to buttermilk mixture until well combined
- Fill prepared donut pan about ¾ full
- Bake for 10 minutes or until bouncy on top
- Let cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan
- Mix together glaze ingredients, excluding cereal, until combined
- Dip donuts in glaze and place on parchment paper
- Sprinkle crushed cereal over glazed donuts in a diagonal direction
- Serve and enjoy!
Immediately after glazing donuts, sprinkle with crushed cereal. If you allow the glaze to harden, the cereal will not stick. When preparing your glaze, add your whole
milk one tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired consistency. For me, it
was about 3 tablespoons.