This vegan banana bread cake donut recipe combines two of our favorite treats in one, donuts and banana bread! Sweetened with maple syrup and bananas, they're baked not fried.
If I had a dollar for every time I've been hit with a "you probably never eat, right?" or " you never get hungry, do you? or "I bet you never eat dessert" comment, I would most definitely be a millionaire by now. And I know I'm supposed to feel "flattered" hearing things like that, but honestly, I'm not. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Food has been my world for the past 8 years. I spend my days preparing food, tasting food and writing about food. So yes, I have to eat, and I do get hungry and I have to taste everything we make, even desserts. And yes, the muscles in my arms are noticeable and my waist is small, but they're only the result of hard work and self-discipline. Because let me tell you something unless you're royalty, or your last name starts with the letter K, chances are, in this life, you have to work hard for what you want. It means getting up at 5 am to exercise when you know it's the only time you can do it; it means fighting the thoughts in your head that are telling you to turn around mid-run; it means learning to have a taste of that amazing dessert you love, and then put the fork down; it means understanding the meaning of BALANCE. Understanding that it doesn't have to be all or nothing - you either starve yourself or eat the entire cake; you sit on the couch all day or you run a marathon. No. You have to find the gray area. And getting there takes hard work. Whether you're willing to do it or not, is completely up to you.
So I guess the moral of the story is, never judge a book by its cover... Which, believe it or not, is the perfect segue to introduce this recipe.
These decadent looking chocolate banana bread donuts aren't nearly as indulgent as they look. They're sweetened with bananas and 3 tablespoons of real maple syrup; they're also made with whole wheat flour and baked instead of fried. They're also vegan and can be easily made gluten-free, too.
And yes, they are still a treat, but a much-improved version of the original that you won't feel as "guilty" (not a big fan of the word) enjoying every now and then.
Because after all, life is all about balance, right? 🙂
What to do with ripe bananas?
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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,