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!
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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!
Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
Press one tablespoon of the mixture into each of the 12 cavities in a mini donut pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
Here are a few more after school snack ideas from the archives: