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.
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!?
- 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)
- 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)
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
- 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.
- 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
- 2 T butter
- ⅛ c + 1 T milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- Place the butter, milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture begins to bubble.
- Add the chocolate chips and marshmallows and whisk until the mixtures is lump free, everything has melted, and it looks like a chocolate glaze.
- 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.
- 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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And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… How do you feel if something you eat is not EXACTLY the way that you had imagined it would be?