This Vegan Banana Bread Cake Donut recipe combines two of our favorite treats in one: donuts and banana bread! We made a healthier donut recipe by baking instead of frying, but rest assured...the yummy taste is all still there. You’ll be hooked!
This decadent-looking Chocolate Banana Cake Donut recipe isn’t nearly as indulgent as it looks! We sweetened them with bananas and real maple syrup instead of sugar, and they’re made with whole wheat flour. We baked instead of frying and made them vegan as well! Don’t you love a treat that leaves you feeling great?! We promise you won’t miss any of the less-healthy ingredients...you’ll just be amazed at how good a nutritious treat can be!
What to Do with Ripe Bananas
We used ripe bananas in this recipe, which are an ingredient that comes in handy all the time! They get sweeter as they ripen (more brown = sweeter banana!), making them the perfect natural addition to a dessert recipe like this one. Here are a few more things to use your brown bananas for:
- Easy Vegan Banana Bread
- Peel them, pop them in the freezer, and blend them into Nice Cream for these Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Nice Cream Sandwiches
- Mix them into Cashew & Banana Overnight Oats
- Freeze them for our Nourish Your Body Smoothie (or blend it right in without waiting!)
- Caramelize them and add them to this Quinoa Breakfast Bowl With Caramelized Bananas
- Make these decadent Easy Banana Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Mix then into this breakfast of Vegan Peanut Butter & Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Make them into waffles Blueberry Banana Matcha Waffles
- Make these cute mini muffins Peanut Butter & Banana Mini Muffins
How to Make Homemade Donuts Without Frying
It is possible! We use a donut pan and spoon the batter in, then bake them in the oven. Once they’re cooled we dip them in the glaze, which is made from coconut oil, cocoa powder, a spoonful of confectioner’s sugar, and some vanilla. This gives them that shiny donut look and a perfect sweet bite!
Storing Homemade Donuts
These donuts are best eaten the day you make them, but you can store them in a sealed container for 2-3 days. We recommend waiting to glaze them until right before enjoying. You can also freeze unglazed donuts for up to 2 months.
More Chocolate Recipes
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Tahini
- Chocolate Truffles Vegan
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart
- Chocolate Truffles Guilt-Free
- Chocolate Cupcakes Vegan
- Chocolate Chia Pudding Date Sweetened
- Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts Salted and Roasted
- Chocolate Tart with Raspberries Vegan
- Tahini Stuffed Dates Dipped in Chocolate
- Vegan Chocolate Cake
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
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This vegan banana bread cake donut recipe combines two of our favorite treats in one, donuts and banana bread! Baked not fried.
- ¼ cup unsweetened plant milk
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (you can also use regular all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 large bananas, mashed ( about ⅔ cup)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- For the glaze:
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (you can add more if you like it darker)
- 2 tbsp confectioner's sugar (you can add more or less, depending on how sweet you like it)
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a donut pan with non-stick spray
- Whisk together the plant milk and ground flax in a small bowl. Set aside
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt
- In a large bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and flax mixture. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined (do not overmix)
- Spoon batter into the donut pan and bake for 15 minutes
- In the meantime, prepare the glaze. Melt the coconut oil in a medium bowl. Add cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla and mix well using a whisk. Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip them into the glaze (you can place them in the freezer for a minute or two if you want the glaze to harden quickly!)
- If you have leftover chocolate glaze, you can use it on top of ice cream or to dip your favorite fruit!
- Category: dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 donut with chocolate glaze
- Calories: 274
- Sugar: 11
- Sodium: 266
- Fat: 18
- Saturated Fat: 14
- Unsaturated Fat: 2
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 29
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 4
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: baked, cake donut, chocolate, vegan, kosher,
This post was originally published on September 15, 2016, and has been updated with more detailed information.