Here’s one of our family’s favorite recipes from my new acorn foraging book.  These are light in texture but have the wonderful acorn flavor.  My kids can’t get enough of them.

I picked up a mini donut maker at Aldi’s a few years ago for $15 and I love it.  It makes several mini donuts at a time in just a few minutes, and it’s so much fun.  You can find a variety of mini donut makers for about the same price on Amazon or you can also just use a small muffin pan.

These work great with gluten free flour mix or regular all-purpose flour.  We are a gluten free family, so I always make them gluten free.

You can glaze them with an easy sugar glaze, toss them in powdered sugar or serve them plain.

Acorn Mini-donuts or Mini-muffins


• 1 cup acorn meal
• 1 cup flour (or gluten free flour mix)
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 2 eggs
• ¼ cup of oil
• ½ cup sugar
• 2 cups milk or non-dairy milk
• Non-stick spray
• Powdered sugar or glaze, optional (see glaze recipe below)


1. Preheat mini-donut maker or oven to 350.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large measuring cup or pitcher with a pouring spout. Add oil, sugar, eggs and milk and stir until smooth. Add more milk if mixture seems thick, or more flour if it seems thin. The batter should pour easily but not be runny.

3. If using a mini-donut maker: Lightly spray inside of mini-donut maker with non-stick spray and pour batter just to fill each lower portion. Close the mini-donut maker and cook until the mini-donuts stop steaming and are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Toss with powdered sugar or glaze.

4. If using a mini-donut pan or mini-muffin pan: Grease a mini donut pan or mini muffin pan. Fill wells 3/4 full and bake for about 10 minutes or until set and light golden. Toss with powdered sugar or glaze.

To glaze: While the donuts cook and cool, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 4 tsp milk. When the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip the tops in the glaze. Quickly flip over so the glaze is on top and transfer to a plate.


From: Acorn Foraging: Everything You Need to Know to Harvest One of Autumn’s Best Wild Edible Foods, with Recipes, Photographs and Step-By-Step Instructions.

This 200+ page Kindle book teaches the history and nutritional benefits of acorns, plus how to:

  • Find acorns
  • Easily sort out the good from the bad
  • Process your acorns in a variety of ways
  • Make acorn flour and meal
  • Store acorns and acorn flour so it stays fresh
  • Cook over 90 delicious sweet and savory recipes for acorn pancakes, donuts, drinks, soup, meatballs, fritters, stuffing, ice cream, cookies and much more.

The book is now available on Kindle.  Paperback version coming soon!


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