Banana Bread Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

banana bread donuts with chocolate glaze

I’m finally breaking in my new donut pan! I’ve always been a jelly donut person. Sweet powdery sugar, warm fluffy dough, luscious fruity jam. But after making my first batch of baked donuts, I may be seriously reconsidering that.

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 relatively healthy. Of course that’s a relative term, but compared to fried donuts, I’d say these aren’t so bad! The donuts are whole wheat and obtain most of their moist texture from mashed bananas instead of butter. There’s a touch of oil, but not much.

banana bread donuts with chocolate glaze

They are so soft and cake like, yet much healthier than your traditional donut.

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banana bread donuts with chocolate glaze

Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-9 donuts
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft and cakey banana bread donuts topped with a decadent dark chocolate glaze.


Ingredients

Banana Bread Donuts

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 medium banana)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla 0% Greek yogurt (or any vanilla or plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)

Dark Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • optional: chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F (177Β°C). 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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). Β Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes.
  4. While the donuts are baking or cooling, melt the chocolate chips, corn syrup, amd butter together in a small bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds). After 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.

Notes

  1. Larger Batch: 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.
  2. Recipe adapted from Top with Cinnamon.

Keywords: banana bread donuts, chocolate glazed banana donuts

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

    1. 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! πŸ™‚

  2. Peanut Butter Boy says:

    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!

    1. I highly suggest getting a donut pan! Mine was only $8 at Target. πŸ™‚

  3. 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??

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

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

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

  5. 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

    1. Hi Sven – I love sugar cookies and never said they were boring. πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed these!

  6. 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….

    1. 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. πŸ™‚ Love the rainbow sprinkles you threw on top. πŸ™‚ You will love the monster cookies!

  7. 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!

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

  8. 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

    1. Thanks Denise! And I’m glad you love those soft pretzels. πŸ™‚

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

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

  10. Jacqueline Gottke says:

    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….

    1. 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!

  11. 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 πŸ™‚

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

  12. Hi Sally!

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

    Thank you!

    1. I’m sure that would be fine, Jessica!

  13. 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.

  14. Hi Sally. I have owned a donut pan for almost 2 years, and it still had the price on it πŸ™ until about two hours ago!! πŸ™‚ 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

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

  16. 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

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

    1. 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!

  18. Just made this recipe today! Totally delicious and family all approved! Thanks again for another amazing recipe Sally!

  19. These are a favorite in my house! Delicious and come out perfectly every time. I usually double the recipe.

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