Banana Bread Donuts with 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.

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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

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated 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 pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon 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 + 1 Tablespoon 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
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • optional: chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°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).  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, 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.

Notes

  1. Sugar Free: Make sure you are using Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Granulated.
  2. 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.
  3. Recipe source: Top with Cinnamon.

Keywords: banana bread donuts, chocolate glazed banana donuts

40 Comments

  1. “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. 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!

  3. 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!!!!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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. 🙂 Love the rainbow sprinkles you threw on top. 🙂 You will love the monster cookies!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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 🙂

  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 🙁 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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

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