Banana Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze – Baked not fried with big banana bread flavor & so perfect for breakfast!
Apart from anyone who does my dishes – my best friends in the kitchen are bananas. They go with pretty much every flavor (chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, berries….), create baked goods that are perfectly moist, sweeten naturally, and just all around make things taste delicious.
They’re like that best friend you can take to any party and always make it more fun.
And today – to prove just who’s the coolest girl in school – we’re making Banana Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze. Baked doughnuts in fact that have all the flavor of banana bread then are dipped in a thick chocolate ganache and sprinkled with walnuts for the ultimate banana bread combo.
You’re going to love them.
Apart from being delicious – probably the best thing about making baked doughnuts in a doughnut pan is how easy it is. Because there’s:
- No mixer required
- No yeast
- No deep frying
Plus, the batter comes together in about 10 minutes and the bake time is short. So you can literally go from hangry to happiness and freshly baked doughnuts in about 30 minutes.
The batter for the doughnuts is very similar to banana bread but with more of a cake doughnut texture. They’re packed with flavor from the bananas, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla – and the bananas keep your doughnuts perfectly soft. You’ll need very brown bananas for the best flavor, and I recommend using a food processor or blender to mash them. I learned this trick because I don’t own a masher. But it turns out that I like the results better because the processed bananas are so smooth which creates a more even batter consistency.
The doughnuts themselves are super flavorful and make your kitchen smell like banana heaven as they’re baking. But to take them up a notch – we’re dipping them in chocolate glaze. It’s a thick chocolate ganache made from melting chocolate chips, butter, milk & a little corn syrup to give a nice shine. Then I sprinkled a few walnuts on top to go with our banana bread theme – but that’s totally up to you.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour , spooned & leveled
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt , to taste
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg , room temperature
- 1/2 cup mashed banana - You'll need one small-medium sized , very brown banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips , semi-sweet or dark
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons milk
- chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 6 cavity doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray. The recipe will make about 6-8 doughnuts, so you may need to bake them in 2 batches or prepare 2 doughnut pans if you have multiple.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. Set aside. In a separate medium sized bowl whisk together the melted butter, milk, vanilla & sugar. Once combined, stir in the mashed/processed banana. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir together with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until well combined.
- To fill the doughnut cavities, spoon the batter into a large ziplock bag then cut the bottom corner of the bag off. Use the bag to pipe the batter into the doughnut cavities. Then bake for 8-10 minutes until the doughnut feels slightly firm when gently touching with your finger.
- Allow to cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes then remove from the pan and continue cooling on a wire rack.
- While the doughnuts are cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl melt together the chocolate, butter, corn syrup and milk in short 30 second bursts stirring between each. Once the chocolate is entirely melted, whisk the batter until smooth. Dip the top of the tops of each doughnut in the chocolate and then sprinkle with walnuts.