Banana Bread Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

If you are a Banana Bread Fan – than these Banana Bread Donuts may be the ones for you! These donuts are not “baked donuts that taste like fried” but instead are a delicious moist and dense banana bread baked up into the shape of a doughnut. They are a bit lighter in texture than your typical banana bread, but are not as light as you would expect your donuts to be.

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I am presenting to you this full comparison so that you know what you are getting into (besides delicious). Friends who I served these to loved them and really enjoyed the flavor, shape, frosting and all. My family on the other hand wanted something that was light and airy like a donut (since they were donut shaped – my family doesn’t always do the best if they think something should taste one way, even if it tastes amazing; it wasn’t what they had their heart set on). I was a huge fan of these!

Be sure not to skimp on the mashed banana, if you are not quite sure if it is enough… just add a bit more. For those of you who love chocolate chips in your Banana Bread – you have this whole delicious coating of chocolate! If you like your Banana with a bit of Nuts – these would be out of this world with some chopped up nuts on top of the whole thing; go crazy, add more chocolate or maybe even some sprinkles!?

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Banana Bread Donuts
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Serves: 12
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk (or tsp of lemon in regular milk)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat two Wilton 6-cavity Doughnut Pan with some crisco or butter or your favorite non-stick spray (I prefer to rub the pans down with crisco to get the most even and lightest coating)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, beat together 4 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar until well combined. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Alternate beating in dry ingredients and buttermilk into bowl until ingredients are just combined being careful to not overmix.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan until each cavity is about ⅔ full. Bake for about 15 - 19 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

Donuts as originally found and adapted from Snappy Gourmet
Chocolate Glaze
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  • 2 T butter
  • ⅛ c + 1 T milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  1. Place the butter, milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture begins to bubble.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallows and whisk until the mixtures is lump free, everything has melted, and it looks like a chocolate glaze.
  3. Once it is smooth, remove from heat and whisk every few minutes until it sets up a bit, or at least cools so you don't burn your fingers.
  4. Dip the donuts, one at a time, into the glaze. Place them glaze-side up onto a rack to set. If you want to add toppings, now is the time. For a "crunchier" glaze, allow to set in the fridge and take out to come to room temperature before enjoying.

Glaze as adapted from Leena Bean Cakes



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Banana Bread Donuts with Chocolate Glaze — 2 Comments

  1. These look so delicious and they’re so much healthier than fried donuts! Gorgeous pics, too!

    • I love my donut pan – need to pull it out more often… even if you are just using a muffin recipe it seems to be so much more fun in the shape of a donut!