What’s not to love about brunch?!? It’s the perfect weekend activity. A chance to catch up and gossip with friends. Sip on bubbly cocktails. And indulge on delicious food.
Brunch is always a good idea!
So when I was thinking of a way to celebrate my sister-in-law’s upcoming birthday, I had the perfect plan: A surprise birthday brunch!
On the birthday brunch menu?? BANANA BREAD DONUTS.
I had overripe bananas that I knew I wanted to use for a brunch treat. Banana bread seemed too simple. I wanted to create something fun and whimsical, a treat that could also serve as the birthday “cake.” Then I remembered the donut pan I picked up a few months ago. Donuts would be the perfect birthday brunch dessert! Who doesn’t love donuts? Those small ring-shaped sweet treats, typically fried and coated in a luscious icing. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Donuts = indulgent. Donuts were made for brunchin’.
But I had a second birthday surprise in mind – I was going to attempt to make these donuts healthy, but still feel indulgent and taste delicious. It was quite the challenge but I was up for it. I secretly love donuts and needed a guilt-free version. Plus, I knew my girlfriends would be appreciative if I created a lightened-up version.
The brunch was set for Sunday, so I woke up early on Saturday morning to test my donut recipe. I only had two overripe bananes, so I only had two chances to get it right.
How I healthified the recipe? First hack: bake the donuts, instead of frying them. Enter my donut pan. Hack 2: I used healthy nutrient enriched ingredients in the batter: oat flour, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Final hack: I frosted the donuts in dark chocolate and natural peanut butter, instead of a super sugary glaze.
The batter is simple to put together. Very similar to baking muffins or pancakes. Shift the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Next, combine all the wet ingredients (except the banana) in a medium-sized bowl. Finally, mash the banana in a separate bowl and set aside. Time to combine all the batter ingredients. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry and, before it is fully mixed, add in the banana. Stir until just combined. The key to getting perfect-shaped, even-sized donuts is piping the batter into the donut cavities. They are perfectly baked in only 9 minutes!
To me, there is no greater combination than bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter (see my Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins). So it was a no brainer to dip these babies in a dark chocolate glaze, drizzle with warm natural peanut butter, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. It is a trifecta of delicious flavors.
I was so excited to try my creation, I didn’t even let the glaze dry before I chowed down. Happy dance time. The donuts were a success! They:
- were perfectly sweet and moist;
- contained banana chunks;
- had a nice peanut crunch;
- contained just the right amount of peanut butter; and were
- oh so satisfying!!!
They reminded me of the chocolate glazed donuts I ate as a child. But these bad boys have bananas and peanut butter – so even better (and a whole lot healthier!).
I could not wait for my girlfriends to come over and try my new creation. I chilled the bubbles, set out fresh flowers from the farmer’s market, and arranged the donuts on a pretty platter. Brunch time!
My sister-in-law was totally surprised! All my girlfriends loved the donuts. It was a wonderful Sunday!
Banana Bread Donuts with Chocolate Glaze and Peanut Butter Drizzle
Banana Bread Baked Donuts
- 1 cup oat flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 egg, room temperature
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk, room temperature
- ¼ cup greek yogurt, room temperature
- 2 Tbsps. coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 heaping tsp. vanilla
- 1 overripe banana
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan.
- Shift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mash the banana in a small bow, set aside.
- Whisk together the egg, maple syrup, and coconut sugar in a medium sized bowl.
- To the wet mixture, stir in the greek yogurt, milk, vanilla, and coconut oil. Mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and start to mix together. Add in the mashed banana. Mix until well-incorporated (do not overmix or you will have a tough donut).
- Pour the batter into a plastic bag or piping bag. TIP: if you place the plastic/piping bag in a medium sized water glass, it will stand the bag up for you so you can easily pour in the batter. Once the bag is filled, cut off one of the corners and pipe the batter into the donut cavities.
- Bake for 9 minutes.
- Let cool slightly. Remove from the donut pan. Let cool completely.
Chocolate Glaze and Peanut Butter Drizzle
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 ½ tsps.. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsps. Peanut butter
- ½ cup crushes peanuts
- In a microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate chips and oil are melted and the mixture is smooth.
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, heat the peanut butter for 30-45 seconds or until melted (and runny enough to drizzle over donuts). Pour mixture into a plastic/piping bag.
- Time to glaze the donuts. Dunk the donuts into the chocolate mixture, top side up, so there is a generous amount of chocolate on the top of the donut. Drizzle the melted peanut butter on top of the chocolate glaze. Top with crushes peanuts. Repeat for each donut.
- Let the chocolate harden, about 1 hour.
- Serve and enjoy!