Crispy Cheese Donuts are a healthy after-school snack that kids love. These cheesy rings are chewy, crispy and easy to make with cheddar cheese and quinoa.
It’s simply amazing but teens seem to have an endless appetite! They can eat a meal and are hungry for snacks within minutes. On the other hand, they are constantly moving and never stop growing so I guess it makes sense.
These Crispy Cheese Donuts are inspired by one of my son’s favorite snacks Mr. Cheese O’s. Although there is the word donut in the name of this tasty snack, that is all about the shape instead of the ingredients which are actually healthy!
Put finely shredded cheddar cheese, cooked quinoa, flour, salt and garlic powder in a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
Bonus Tip: Cook additional quinoa ahead of time and store it in the freezer for future batches of crispy cheese donuts.
Press one tablespoon into each of the twelve cavities of a mini donut pan.
Bake the cheddar cheese donuts at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until crispy around the edges.
Allow them to cool slightly and then remove the cheese donuts from the pan. They look like this on one side.
And they are puffed on the other side.
Both the kids and adults in my family love these Crispy Cheese Donuts. I store them in the fridge where they are easily accessible when someone is looking for a quick snack. I have not tried making these cheese rings with other cheeses yet but shredded parmesan cheese is next on my list!
Here are a few more after school snack ideas from the archives:
Buffalo Ranch Mozzarella Sticks
How long do these last on fridge?
UGH! I have everything but the Quinoa! (which I def want to try!) Will have to get that bought this week so I can try these.
Hi! I am planning on making these this evening…but realized I had a question! Do you shred your own cheese or use the bagged? I know they melt differently so just wanted to check. Thanks!
Well, I’m not sure what cheese I was supposed to use…but the bag of finely shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese that I used worked perfectly. These were fantastic! My picky 4 year old ate 5. FIVE! Thank you for the recipe. These will be repeated for sure!
Hi Bryn! I’m sorry I didn’t get back to your earlier. It was a busy Saturday. I used bagged cheese but you could shred your own if you prefer. I’m delighted to hear that Colby Jack cheese worked in this recipe as well. Can’t wait to try that combo!