Next to chocolate, one of my favorite things to eat are donuts. I mean, I LOVE LOVE donuts. I get a daily craving of them. Mmmm, donuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any other time of the day. They are my Achilles heels.
So, are they spelled “Doughnuts” or “Donuts”? Hmmm? Honestly, I don’t care. Soft, fried, and glazed! I love them. I was out of town for work one week and had a craving. I purchased a box of donuts, took them back to the hotel, and gorged on 8 assorted donuts in one sitting. Lesson
Learned Unlearned. Never eat when you are bored and craving something at the same time. My stomach hated me for it, but my taste buds thanked me.
It’s now after 3:00 Saturday afternoon, all the donut shops are closed and I have one of those cravings. My fat cells are screaming for them.
I wanted to make some donuts but the recipe I have will take hours and a lot of oil. I didn’t feel like going to the store and I definitely didn’t feel like waiting hours for them so I googled easy donut recipe.
After a few searches, one site peaked my interest. I found a recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Donuts from Janie’s Kitchen. Ugh! SAY WHAT? BAKED DONUTS? I would have never thought of baking donuts. It’s like frying a salad. It just seemed wrong to me. But, it caught my attention and the picture looked delicious. I scrolled down and saw the recipe. I didn’t have everything on hand, so I made some adjustments.
Finally, I have the opportunity to use my doughnut/beignet pan. I purchased this pan last year just because it was cheap and on sale. Initially, I had no idea why I wanted it or why I needed it. CHEAP + SALE = BUY. That’s the only conclusion I could come up with. I purchased this Wilton pan at my favorite local store, The Sales Place, but you can purchase them from Macy’s, Target, or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The doughnut pans range from $9.99 on sale and up.
I’ve made many (fried) donuts in the past, but never had to use the pan. I am actually very excited to make these and feed my cravings.
I will admit… these baked donuts are not as good as a batch of the fried and full of sugar glaze donuts, but they are definitely satisfying and healthier. Now, I DID NOT SAY HEALTHY. I said HEALTHIER. Donuts are in no way supposed to be healthy. Never in my lifetime will I think the two words, “healthy” and “donuts” go together and exist.
If Mr. Cake Donut married Ms. Banana Muffins, they would have Faux-nut babies. The texture was that. Between a cake donut and a muffin. The taste was absolutely delicious. I had eaten 3 of these and did not feel bad doing so.
DONUTS or FAUX-NUTS… I LOVE THEM ALL! I will definitely make these again and create other flavors, too! The options are endless!
Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donut
I didn’t think about taking pictures and blogging about these until halfway through my preparation.
First, gather all the ingredients.
Then, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas. Instead of dirtying more tools, I used the hand mixer with the beater attachment and beat the bananas.
Then add the white sugar and vanilla yogurt to the beaten or mashed bananas and beat until it’s well combined.
This is optional. I love the taste of cinnamon with bananas and chocolate, so I sprinkled some cinnamon in the banana batter and mix.
Now, add melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat on low until combined.
I love coconut oil and use it as much as I can. Coconut oil is more expensive than vegetable oil and butter, but the quality and taste of your baked goods are worth the extra dollars.
Personally, I find that my baked goods are slightly fluffier and less dense when using coconut oil. And the desserts are more fragrant.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the mix.
With a spatula, incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet mix.
Do not over mix. Over mixing will result in a chewy donut. The batter will be thick and lumpy.
Here’s the best part. CHOCOLATE CHIPS! I only had the mini chips on hand so these will have to do for now.
Add chocolate chips and mix. Set it aside.
Again, do not over mix.
Now, get a pastry bag, scissors, and the donut pan.
Lightly grease or spray the donut pan. You can do this step earlier, but I had forgotten.
I prefer using Bakers Joy non-stick spray with flour. I’ve tried many non-stick spray and this one is the best. It’s affordable, does not burn, does not leave a weird aftertaste, and releases the baked goods beautifully.
Now, fill the pastry bag with the batter… about 2/3 full. I prefer using the disposable pastry bags. You can purchase these at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or any specialty stores. Some Walmart stores even carry these in the baking aisle.
Snip or cut off the tip of the bag.
Fill in each donut mold of the pan.
Fill the donut pans to the top and wipe off any spillage in the center.
Place the donuts in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
HOLD OFF! Don’t try to eat them yet. They are not done.
Take the donuts out and flip them over and place them back into the pan.
Return the donuts back to the oven and bake 2-5 more minutes. To test for doneness, poke a toothpick into the donut.
If it comes out clean, it’s cooked.
Now they’re done!!!! Remove from the pan and allow it to cool.
Yeah right! I couldn’t wait for it to cool. I had to take a bite right away. A BIG BITE!
It’s soooo good.
To kick it up a notch, melt some chocolate and dip the top of the donuts.
Though these baked donuts are no fried donuts, they are definitely worth trying.