Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze.

I have a confession. I bought a donut pan 3 weeks ago and I waited THIS LONG to break it in. Surely, I must be crazy. 🙂

You see, I’ve always been a jelly donut person. Sweet powdery sugar, warm fluffy dough, luscious fruity jam.  But after baking up my first batch of (healthy!) donuts using my new donut pan, I may be seriously reconsidering that.

I admit that I was a little hesitant to buy a donut pan because I always had the notion that baking donuts was complicated.  Much to my surprise, baking up donuts is SO EASY. Much easier than you would ever imagine. The donut pan I bought was less than $10 at Target. They can also be found online.

These donuts are fantastic.  Baked moist banana bread. Rich, smooth dark chocolate. And sprinkles. Ohhh the sprinkles.  They just make everything better!

And did I mention?  These are healthy.  The donuts are whole wheat and obtain most of their moist texture from mashed bananas instead of butter. There is a touch of oil, but not much.  And you can make the donuts sugar free if you use Splenda.

How something this insanely guilty tasting can actually be healthy is beyond me.  They are so soft and cake like, yet much healthier than your traditional donut.

Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Yield: 8-9 donuts

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Banana Bread Donuts

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 very small banana)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Chobani Vanilla 0% greek yogurt (or any vanilla or plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)

Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp water
  • chocolate sprinkles (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with nonstick spray.  Whisk together the egg and sugar for about 4 minutes until light in color. Stir in the banana, oil, vanilla and yogurt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Slowly pour dry mixture into wet mixture. Stir together until just combined (do not overmix).

Using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner cut off, pipe the batter carefully into prepared donut pan making sure each cavity is only 2/3 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes (donuts should be fluffy and should spring back when touched - mine took exactly 10 minutes).  Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes.

While the donuts are baking or cooling, melt the chocolate chips, corn syrup, butter, and water together in a small bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds).  When the donuts have cooled for 5 minutes, dip the tops into the chocolate glaze and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Sally's Notes: 

*Confused about which Splenda to use if you make these sugar free? Make sure you are using Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Granulated.

*Donuts are best served fresh the same day. This recipe only yields 8-9 donuts, so feel free to double or triple if making for a group.

Recipe source: Top with Cinnamon

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PS: here are some more healthier treats to enjoy 😉 


Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Glaze


Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bars


Strawberry Banana Muffins (fat free, 90 calories each)


Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola


Funfetti Granola Bites


59 Responses to “Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    “much to my surprise, baking up donuts is SO EASY. much easier than you would ever imagine” <– yes I agree! I had no idea until recently either.

    These look great. I LOVE banana bread!

    Just saw them on FG 🙂


  2. #
    Reeniposted April 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I have a brand new donut pan too! Only used it once. But this is inspiration to break it out again. These look so delectable! And because they’re healthy I can eat 2!


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:43 am

      thank you Reeni! i actually ate two.. one with the glaze and one without right afte ri made them lol


  3. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted April 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I just made donuts again this weekend. I love easy they are to do!!!

    Banana bread is my favorite bread and now they are mini sized donuts that are sugar free? Awesomeness times 10!!!!!


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:43 am

      i agree, donuts are SO easy to make. much easier than i ever expected. i see many donuts in our futures! 🙂


  4. #
    Moposted April 23, 2012 at 1:10 am

    oooooh yummy ! thank you so much for those “gulty free” recepies !!!


    • Moreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 1:12 am

      oups, meant “guilty” 😉


      • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Thanks Mo! i like adding from guilt-free recipes to my website to balance out all the sugar and butter – especially from those oreo brownies you loved!

  5. #
    Rainaposted April 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I recently bought a donut pan too and love it. Your donuts look really delicious:)


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Raina, i just love my new donut pan too 🙂


  6. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Loveposted April 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I have to make this recipe, it just sounds and looks so delicious!!


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Catalina!


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

    oh my gosh, sally — these look SOOO good! i love that they’re baked — means I can have more 😉 i really need to invest in a donut pan! i can see how creative one can get with them!


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 11:44 am

      julie definitely get a donut pan – i’m sure i’d gawk over your donut creations all day long!


  8. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    What a great flavor you used for these donuts, Sally! Love the combination. The donuts look so light and fluffy, too. Definitely tempting for a morning treat. Thanks for sharing!


    • sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Banana & dark chocolate – i love the combination too!


  9. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted April 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    A donut pan is on my wishlist!


  10. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted April 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Oh how super delicious! I’ll take 10. 🙂


  11. #
    Diane {Created by Diane}posted April 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    oh these look WONDERFUL, banana bread donuts, YUM. I love my donut pan, I have the mini pan also and love those cute little bite sized treats. Guess I’ll be getting my donut pan out real soon….these are too fantastic to pass up.


  12. #
    Elizaposted May 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I made these tonight and they are sooo delicious.
    The soft warm banana bread with the dark chocolate glaze is a phenomenal combination.

    But I think some of the recipe is missing. I had started the recipe and realized that I hadn’t used the sugar or egg yet and that there wasn’t a temperature for the oven. I mixed the egg and sugar in with the wet ingredients and baked them at 425 for about 8 minutes and they came out delicious still!


    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Eliza – for some reason, half of my recipe directions was deleted! I just updated it now. I sincerely apologize for the tech error! I’m so glad they still came out well and you were able to improvise. Thank you SO much for letting me know. 🙂


      • Elizareplied on May 1st, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        haha no problem! Since the ones I made tonight have already been eaten up , I’m making more tomorrow and will print the rest of the recipe to use 😉

  13. #
    Emma @ Food, Fork and Goodposted June 7, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I have always wanted a doughnut tin, At the moment I’m shaping mine using a cup & a shot glass! These look beautiful, and really tasty!


    • Sallyreplied on June 7th, 2012 at 6:36 am

      cup + a shot glass?? How creative, Emma!


  14. #
    Katieposted June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I subbed sour cream for the yogurt and the results were fabulous! (and I don’t feel guilty about eating them…:) )


    • Sallyreplied on June 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I haven’t made these donuts in a few weeks and now I kind of want one! I’ll have to try them with sour cream. Thanks Katie! 🙂


  15. #
    Peanut Butter Boyposted June 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

    That’s so strange because it’s just banana bread in donut form, not much different than a muffin, but because you put the glaze on top, it’s a fantastic looking donut! Not fair, now I need to get a donut pan!


    • Sallyreplied on June 20th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I highly suggest getting a donut pan! Mine was only $8 at Target. 🙂


  16. #
    Melodyposted July 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi Sally,

    I get newsfeeds of your blog on my Facebook wall
    and I’m going to make your banana nutella peanut butter
    Bread today just been waiting for the bananas to ripen
    Enough. I just wanted to compliment you on your
    Flavor combinations!! I thought I was only person
    That thought up outrageously sinful desserts but I see
    From reading your blog there is a sisterhood of us!!!
    We all need to unite and start bakeries where these
    Amazing treats can be shared with the world! I can’t
    Tell you how sick I am of boring old sugar cookies
    And cream puffs etc!! Thank you for your recipes!!!!


    • Sallyreplied on July 8th, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Boring old sugar cookies and cream puffs will never make an appearance here… I like fun, extravagent, yet EASY recipes! We are a lot alike, Melody! thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  17. #
    Kristinposted September 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    These look delish and I can’t wait to make them but I’m at a loss for how you are considering them to be sugar-free??


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Kristin! By using splenda, the donuts themselves (without the glaze) would have no added refined sugar in the recipe.


  18. #
    Jordy Kainposted September 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

    mmmmmm banana donuts with choc glaze were AMAZING!!!
    kids at school loved them to bits


    • Sallyreplied on September 16th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I’m happy to hear that Jordy! And they are somewhat healthy, which I love about this recipe!


  19. #
    Svenposted January 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Not a fan of splenda…I used to use it all the time…til I found out how bad it really is for the human body…but these donuts are fantastic with the sugar…plus there is nothing boring about a good sugar cookie recipe…use your imagination


    • Sallyreplied on January 16th, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Hi Sven – I love sugar cookies and never said they were boring. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed these!


  20. #
    rmdposted January 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I made these donuts this morning….used my baby cakes mini donut maker that my kids received as a gift and they turned out great! Baby cakes appliances run hot with no temp control so you have to move fast and keep an eye on it! But it worked out great! Moist delicious little donuts! I got 19 minis out of the recipe and had some chocolate glaze leftover from another recipe for dipping (similar to yours though, so I don’t think we missed out)…had some leftover mashed up banana that I made a glaze out of for some others just to test it out….rainbow sprinkles on some and Guittard chocolate sprinkles on others….The whole family loved them with only an empty plate and stray sprinkles/glaze left as evidence. Thanks for another great recipe….now my son is begging for monster cookies this afternoon having seen your recipe out on my desk waiting patiently to be made….maybe one last splurge before the weekend is over….


    • Sallyreplied on January 27th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I am SO glad to hear that you loved these! I’ve never tried out a donut maker before – I just have the donut pan to stick in the oven. I might have to get one – and one to make mini donuts. 🙂 Love the rainbow sprinkles you threw on top. 🙂 You will love the monster cookies!


  21. #
    merissaposted February 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    i bought a donut pan just for making this recipe. I had them in the oven within an hour of buying it. These are absolutely magnificent. I love anything banana. I cant wait to try your other donut recipes!! Just amazing!


    • Sallyreplied on February 12th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      These are my favorite donuts ever Merissa! I’m so happy you love them too 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.


  22. #
    deniseposted June 12, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Your recipes are amazing so helpful and fun makes me want to make everything on your blog I absolutely love the pretzel recipe I made them yesterday and everybody loves them thanks again for your awesome insight and passion keep up this baking addiction its not hurting anybody


    • Sallyreplied on June 12th, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Denise! And I’m glad you love those soft pretzels. 🙂


  23. #
    Emmaposted August 15, 2013 at 4:19 am

    These look delicious! I didn’t even know a doughnut pan existed!


    • Sallyreplied on August 15th, 2013 at 11:05 am

      It sure does! And it makes donut making so easy.


  24. #
    Jacqueline Gottkeposted August 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    OH-MY I am always stalking your blog. It is 10 pm and I whipped these up and stood by the stove and felt like a fatty lol…. Can’t wait to try the cinn-vanilla ones. I bought my donut pan tonight at michaels 50% off and was so happy to see you had recipes…..You are a wonderful blogger and baker….


    • Sallyreplied on September 1st, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline! And I’m so glad you got yourself a donut pan. I love mine and use it often! At least these are baked and not fried, so you don’t have to feel so bad about them. Thanks for following my blog – I appreciate the support!


  25. #
    Maggieposted March 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Sally i just made these donuts for breakfast and everyone loved them!
    So easy and the PERFECT amount! I love baking small batches so I can move to the next thing on my “to bake” list 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      So glad you tried them Maggie! Thanks for reporting back.


  26. #
    Jessicaposted April 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hi Sally!

    Love your site! Do you think I could substitute 1/2 unsweetened applesauce for the banana?

    Thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      I’m sure that would be fine, Jessica!


  27. #
    maureenposted December 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    WOW! These are GOOD. Made them in lined muffin tins. Kosher salt or some kind of chunky salt makes a big difference and is so good! A few sprinkles on top really added to it too.


  28. #
    Francescaposted March 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Sally. I have owned a donut pan for almost 2 years, and it still had the price on it 🙁 until about two hours ago!! 🙂 I have been wanting to make donuts for quite some time now, and when I was searching for recipes, I couldn’t help but come back to your blog, your recipes never let me down or disappoint. And I am pretty sure these donuts are going to be a huge hit with my friends. Thank you so so much. I definitely hope to be making more donuts in the future, hopefully the near future too!! xx


  29. #
    Tammyposted May 2, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I don’t have corn syrup. Are there any substitutes like honey or maple syrup?


  30. #
    Lolaposted May 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Finally got round to making these, can’t believe I hadn’t made them before! So easy and so so soooo good! I love bananas on waffles with maple syrup so decided to skip the dark chocolate glaze and use the maple syrup glaze from your maple donuts instead… Tasted sooo good!
    Thank you for another awesome recipe xxx


  31. #
    Martiposted May 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    OMG these look amazing!! i’m thinking I should add some dark chocolate chips to the donuts…thoughts? would they “sink” too much?


    • Sallyreplied on May 16th, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      If anything, maybe use mini chocolate chips. The donuts aren’t very thick so I feel like large chips would overwhelm each bite. Which might not be a bad thing if that’s what you want!



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