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HEALTHY BAKED BANANA DOUGHNUTS

Love doughnuts? Love bananas? Well then, these banana doughnuts are for you! Soft, moist doughnuts reminiscent of banana bread, are baked not fried, then dusted with cinnamon sugar. A healthier option for breakfast or a snack.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keywords baked doughnuts, banana donuts, banana doughnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12 doughnuts
Calories 219 kcal
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed (about 2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half and half (you can also use regular milk or buttermilk)

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon

Chocolate Glaze (for 6)

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 6-cavity doughnut pans with nonstick spray. I used one pan & baked them one right after the other.
  2. In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash bananas then stir in vanilla, eggs, vegetable oil and half and half.
  4. Pour in the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan(s).
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 3 minutes in pan then invert onto wire rack.
  8. Immediately dip into cinnamon sugar to coat then allow to cool the remainder of the way.
  9. If using the chocolate glaze, heat chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, so that the chocolate stays liquid.
  10. Let doughnuts cool slightly then dip tops into chocolate glaze. Allow chocolate to harden then store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

FAQs About Banana Doughnuts

How long will these doughnuts last?

They are best eaten the same day but will keep at room temperature for 1-2 days. 

Can these doughnuts be frozen?

Yes, They can be frozen for up to 2 months. If freezing do not apply either the cinnamon sugar or the chocolate glaze. Thaw and then glaze when ready to eat.

What's the difference between a baked and fried doughnut?

A cake doughnut, such as these, is made with sweetened dough that uses baking powder and/or baking soda as a leavening agent. A fried doughnut is usually a yeast doughnut that uses yeast as the leavening agent.

Is a cake doughnut healthy?

I don't think doughnuts can be considered healthy but cake doughnuts are lower in fat, calories and sugar than a fried one. And this one has all the benefits of bananas on its side. 

Nutrition Facts
HEALTHY BAKED BANANA DOUGHNUTS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.