Healthy Donuts: Baked Banana Bread Donut Recipe – Using everyday ingredients like oatmeal & bananas, it’s easy to make these baked doughnuts!Jump to Recipe
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Healthy donuts don’t have to be boring, especially when you add in fun flavours like bananas and chocolate, they can easily become a family favourite!
My Boys love sweet treats but we try to save the real indulgences like these chocolate chip cookies, for special occasions .
When I was trying to come up with some healthier treats that I could pack in my boys’ lunch boxes and I had a pile of ripe bananas on my kitchen counter these healthy banana bread donuts were born!
Healthy Baked Banana Bread Donut Recipe
I’ve never been a fan of bananas but , my sweet tooth enjoys them in baked goods! I love a classic banana bread like my friend Jessica’s over at Fantabulosity! There is something about bananas and chocolate for me that I adore and the combination seems to work great for some of my picky guys too!
The fact that I can make these donuts out of :
- oat flour
- maple syrup
- dark chocolate
and get healthy, tasty and nutritious ingredients into my kids makes this a total mom win for me!
Donut Recipe Using Oat Flour
If you are trying to reduce refined sugars and processed foods in your diet having oatmeal in your pantry is a great alternative for healthy baking! You can even buy gluten-free oats if you are on a gluten-free diet! I make my own oat flour by quickly pulsing the oatmeal in the food processor, until it’s the desired texture I’m looking for.
Healthy Banana Donuts
If you have ripe bananas laying around this recipe is an excellent way to use them up and create something nutritious and delicious!
How to Bake Banana Bread Donuts
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The first steps are to:
- mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl
- whisk in the wet ingredients
- incorporate the cinnamon, oat flour and chocolate chips
Preparing to Bake Donuts
It’s so simple to bake these donuts! All you need is a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner cut of and a donut pan, I use this one!
- Fill piping bag with donut batter
- Grease donut pan with butter or coconut oil
- Fill each cavity with donut batter
- Bake donuts for 10 minutes at 350 degrees allow them to cool for 2 minutes in pan
- Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely
How to Garnish Healthy Baked Donuts
The choice was clear for the chocoholics in my house…these donuts needed a chocolate glaze! I opt for dark chocolate as it’s lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants and keeps this recipe healthier. You can choose any chocolate that you wish. Semi- sweet is a great choice! It’s so easy to make a homemade chocolate glaze by just mixing melted chocolate chips and coconut oil!
Some other ideas for toppings could be:
- Fresh banana slices
- Toasted coconut
- Toasted Pecans
- Almond Butter
- Organic Strawberry Preserves
*Tip: The sky is the limit! Choose what your family likes you can even make a couple of different varieties just like your favourite donut shop! To keep the donuts healthy just remember to choose toppings that are not processed!
Why Make Healthy Donuts?
I’ll be the first to tell you that although these donuts are a delicious healthy treat … they are NOT a traditional donut! I would say they are a cross between a rustic muffin and a baked cake donut. For me, there will always be a time and place for a delicious deep-fried sinful donut, don’t get me started on my love for churros!!!! I just love how I can disguise healthy ingredients in the form of a traditionally unhealthy treat. You would not believe how excited my boys AND my Husband got about these donuts! They were shocked that they were allowed to have more than one!
Occasions for Healthy Baked Donuts
- Healthy Classroom Treats: Many schools in our area are considered “healthy schools” and don’t allow traditional treats for birthdays. These donuts would be a great treat to celebrate birthdays at school!
- Healthy Option on a traditional dessert table! I always like to provide my guests with healthy options at my parties, these days everyone has different dietary restrictions.
- Brunch: These would be a great option for a brunch spread, you could substitute berries for the chocolate chips or use both!
- Lunch Boxes: these make a great guilt-free lunch box treat!
- Treats for New Moms: a beautifully packaged box of these delivered to a new mom would be great for her to snack on between feedings or to share with visiting guests! She can enjoy this treat guilt-free!
Healthy Baked Banana Bread Donuts
- Donut Pan
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats Finely ground in food processor to a flour consistency
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 2 cups very ripe mashed bananas About 3 large bananas
- 1/3 cup butter melted (you can also substitute coconut oil)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips use a good quality brand (I like Enjoy Life)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
- Add rolled oats to food processor and pulse to a flour consistency.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mash bananas with a potato masher or large fork.
- Whisk in the remaining wet ingredients.
- Slowly incorporate dry oat mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Add donut batter to either a piping bag fitted with a large tip or a large ziplock bag with a corner cut off.
- Pipe donut batter into the cavities of the donut pan.
- Bake donuts for 10 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through. Insert a cake tester or toothpick to ensure the donuts are cooked.
- Allow donuts to cool in pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted through.
- Once donuts are cool, dip or drizzle with chocolate glaze and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did! If you make these, let me know how you like them! I’d also love to know what you mix in and garnish them with! Xo Charlotte