Brown Sugar Buttermilk Banana Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Ummmm. Quite the long name for sucha cute little donut, no?

Baked banana donuts covered in a silky smooth dark chocolate glaze-- so decadent, yet totally simple to make!

And to be totally clear, these are baked brown sugar buttermilk banana donuts with dark chocolate glaze. I wanted to save myself from an embarrassingly long recipe title, so I removed one word. Sneaky.

Today’s donuts came to life after I spied a very sad brown spotty banana in my fruit bowl. I normally loooove eating tragic looking bananas, but it was Friday and I felt like seizing the day. With donuts!

Baked banana donuts covered in a silky smooth dark chocolate glaze-- so decadent, yet totally simple to make!

Can you handle that silky smooth dark chocolate glaze??!?!! We’ll get to that in a minute. First, the donuts. They taste like little rings of banana bread. And you know what that means right? This recipe title would be a novel! Baked brown sugar buttermilk banana bread donuts with dark chocolate glaze. I spared you!

Despite the awkwardness that is this post so far, these banana donuts are actually pretty cool. Like I said, they taste like banana bread! And have the most incredible flavors like cinnamon spice, a hint of nutmeg, sweet banana, vanilla, butter, and molasses-spiked brown sugar. Plus, a slight tang from buttermilk. All good things going into this donut batter!

The egg, banana, and buttermilk keep the donuts wonderfully moist, so there’s no risk of– yuck– a dried out donut. Remember, these donuts are baked so you’ll need a handy donut pan. Do you have one yet? Get one! They’re only a few bucks and you can make all the baked donuts.

Banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark chocolate come together in these simple baked donuts!

Let me tell you something of the utmost importance. This chocolate glaze is the silkiest, smoothest, glossiest, chocolatiest (it’s a word) luxury. And all this chocolate perfection paired with banana? It’s a life-changing donut.

A bit dramatic on this Friday morning.

Here I use the same chocolate glaze that I pair with my regular baked donuts, only I swap out semi-sweet chocolate for a darker variety. Hershey’s and Ghirardelli both make dark/bittersweet chocolate chips, so pick up a bag of those. You can, of course, use semi-sweet chocolate chips instead if that’s easier.

Banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark chocolate come together in these simple baked donuts!

Make these donuts this weekend. And I won’t take no for an answer!

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Brown Sugar Buttermilk Banana Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Sweet banana donuts, baked not fried, then covered in a rich dark chocolate glaze.


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large Eggland's Best egg
  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 medium banana)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) buttermilk

Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (90g) dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet works too)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup1
  • 2 teaspoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk the egg and brown sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in the butter, mashed banana, vanilla, and buttermilk until smooth and combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut cavities—I highly recommend using a large zipped-top bag for ease. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling 2 ∕ 3 –3 ∕ 4 of the way full. (A visual for that trick is here.)
  4. Bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for about two minutes and transfer to a wire rack set on a large piece of parchment paper or on a large baking sheet. Bake the remaining donut batter (there is usually enough batter for 2-3 more donuts) and once baked, transfer to the wire rack. Allow donuts to cool down until you can handle them.
  5. Make the glaze: Place the chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, and water in a medium bowl. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each time, until completely melted and smooth. Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze.
  6. Donuts taste best eaten the same day, though they may be covered tightly and stored at room temperature for 2 days.
  7. Make ahead tip: You can freeze the unglazed donuts for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, warm up to your liking in the microwave, and top with glaze.

Recipe Notes:

You can make this recipe into 8-10 muffins using a muffin pan. Bake at the same temperature for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  1. The 2 teaspoons of corn syrup makes the glaze unbelievably smooth, shiny, and silky. Keeping this in mind, you can leave it out.

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Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs to bring you this recipe.

Banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark chocolate come together in these simple baked donuts!
Banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark chocolate come together in these simple baked donuts!



  1. Aaliyah on September 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    baked brown sugar cinnamon nutmeg spiced buttemilk depressed banana un-depressing donuts with an unbelievably smooth, shiny, and silky dark chocolate glaze.
    it could have been worse. 🙂

    • Sally on September 5, 2015 at 9:02 am


  2. Michael from TheRightBiteNYC on September 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Woah, never seen corn syrup in a glaze before, but it looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Sally on September 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Gives the glaze supreme glossy shine and a velvety texture. Not required, of course. But a nice extra.

  3. Natalie R on December 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I made these for a baby shower over the weekend and they were a huge hit! Ended up dipping them in dark chocolate and then chopped walnuts.. tasted like a light and fluffy banana bread!

  4. Angie on December 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    It is a monumental day…I just made my first ever donuts and they are 1000000 times better than store bought ones. These are sooooooo good! Also, my sister thinks you should make chocolate donuts…hint hint. 🙂 

  5. marta on January 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Hi. I did them they are amazing. I was really surprised when my fussy eater daughter ate them.
    I used light muscovado sugar instead brown sugar and I used only cinnemon but this is just my personal taste. They where really soft and fluffy. I think it’s good idea for quick snake during day. 

  6. Tina | Digital Marketer on February 9, 2016 at 7:53 am

    @ Sally

    looks yummy. can’t wait to eat them. i definitely gonna made them at home. my kids gonna love me more 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us. keep sharing 🙂


  7. Marie Pierce on February 20, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Such a delightful combination… would love to try this @ home for my she’s very fond of DoNuts.. !!.. Thanks for sharing This..!!

  8. Kitty on February 25, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I cannot find a doughnutpan here in my country. Is there another way to make them? They look so good! 

    • Sally on February 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Kitty, see my recipe note to make as muffins.

  9. jessicaray4 on March 1, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I’ve been wanting doughnuts recently! These need to happen in my kitchen and be eaten up with a tall latte!

  10. jessicaray4 on March 1, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Be that as it may, that word “prepared” is the best part! Truly. I’m a heated doughnut change over. I had essentially quit eating all doughnuts since they taste great at the time however then, you know, disgusting. Be that as it may, doughnuts like this bring back the confidence! What’s more, the buttermilk adds to that doughnut y season a great deal more!

  11. Martina Cruz on March 8, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Wow…Looks very delicious… Banana Donuts made from BrownSugar with Dark Chocolates……ohh.. hard to resist… Such a mouth watering Stuff… Gonna try it soon like your way!

  12. Disha on March 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I made these for an infant shower throughout the weekend and they were an immense hit! Wound up dunking them in dull chocolate and after that cleaved walnuts.. possessed a flavor like a light and feathery banana bread!

  13. Sheena Bajaj on May 17, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I can’t wait to try theses……i love brown-sugar-buttermilk.
    Thanks for Sharing,

    Sheena Bajaj

  14. Mallika Ahuja on June 1, 2016 at 2:57 am

    omg, these look sooo great!

  15. Mallika Ahuja on June 1, 2016 at 3:12 am

    These look amazing 

  16. WendyM on November 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Just made these for Thanksgiving breakfast (minus the chocolate glaze and tossed in cinnamon and powdered sugar instead) and they were amazing- super tender and moist! My family ate them in the blink of an eye and want me to make another batch tomorrow!

  17. Edna on March 8, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I must say these donuts looks mouthwatering. I’m seriously gonna try to make this.

  18. Kent RO on March 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

    These donuts look amazing!

  19. Dustye McCarty on March 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Could you make these as mini donuts instead? What would be the baking time?

    • Sally on March 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Yep! And I’d say 6-8 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted into one comes out clean.

  20. Mason Signorello on July 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

    So, so good.  Thanks for the great recipe as always, Sally!

  21. Destiny on July 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The Facebook post mentioned the donut would contain molasses but the recipe on your website did not include it in the directions.  I wanted to bring this to your attention. I am looking forward to making these and it’s a great reason to purchase a donut pan.



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