Well, for my birthday this year, my sweet boys and husband gave me a donut pan. As one of my friends cleverly said, “my husband really fell on his sword” with this totally selfless gift 😉 But to be honest, I’d actually been wanting a donut pan for a long time, for two main reasons:
1) My oldest has egg and nut allergies, so there is no “safe” donut shop or store-bought brand for him and
2) My husband and I really, really love donuts.
Since I didn’t use any eggs or butter (and you can use any milk you chose, including non-dairy), this is a vegan recipe. If you like toppings, feel free to finish your donuts with sprinkles, coconut, nuts, mini chocolate chips… or whatever else you’d like!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white wheat or whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 tablespoons milk of choice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- sprinkles, shredded coconut, nuts, mini chocolate chips, or other toppings (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, milk, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them together until all of the ingredients are well combined.
- Using a small spoon, fill each donut mold about two-thirds full.
- Bake doughnuts for 11 minutes or until the donuts are firm, then remove from the oven.
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a minute or two before turning the donuts out onto a wire rack to cool completely before topping with the glaze.
- In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add the milk and vanilla. Whisk to combine. If the glaze isn't thin enough, add another tablespoon of milk.
- Once the donuts are completely cool, dip into the chocolate glaze, then place the donuts on a wire rack while the glaze hardens up a bit. I always put a plate or wax paper underneath the wire rack to catch the excess glaze.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who can’t talk about donuts (or is it doughnuts?) without cracking up and thinking about comedian Brian Regan. If you don’t know what I’m talking about – check out his 2 minute sketch on donuts.