These Peanut Butter Banana Donuts have a dark chocolate glaze topped with a drizzle of peanut butter! They’re baked instead of fried, and they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, making them way healthier than your average donut.
It’s donut time!!! But first: I have a little confession to make. Not to rain on the donut parade or anything….but donuts aren’t really my favorite thing.
They definitely used to be though. When I was a kid, I was a firm believer in junk food. My parents divorced when I was four, and let’s just say my dad didn’t exactly feed my sister and I the healthiest of foods, opting to buy us pretty much whatever we wanted from the grocery store. It usually ended with a lot of candy (like, two of those big Red Vines containers at a time) and Smart Ones frozen dinners.
One day, on a mission to get me to eat anything healthy, my dad inquired about my favorite nut, presumably hoping to get a little protein in me. My serious six year old response after a moment of deep thought? “Donuts!!!”
But of course. The only nut of choice for a sugar-loving 6 year old. I had a particular favorite though, from the donut shop down the street. It was HUUUGE, like definitely bigger than my child-sized head…in fact, it’s probably bigger than my current-sized head. I would usually opt for the chocolate glazed, and end up with more of it on my face than in my mouth. Oh, childhood.
Maybe it was binging on those huge donuts for so many years, but somewhere along the way, I stopped being a big fan. Most days, I’ll pick a croissant or muffin over a donut, craving something a little less sweet and less deep-fried for my breakfast pastry.
Baked donuts, though? They’re starting to change my tune. I have a few donut recipes on the site – like these majorly swoon-worthy Pumpkin Baked Donuts that are FILLED WITH DULCE DE LECHE and the cutest little baked chocolate donuts you ever did see. So, when I spotted my donut pan and mini donut pan hiding in my pile of pans, I decided it was time to rekindle my love of donuts – but a little healthier this time.
Bananas and peanut butter are one of my favorite combos in the food world (mostly because peanut butter has my heart), and so it seemed only natural to make peanut butter banana donuts! Bonus: they’re also gluten-free and vegan and have NO refined sugars.
The banana does a wonderful job of replacing the moisture and binding power an egg would typically bring to a recipe, similarly to how it does in my favorite vegan blueberry muffins. It also adds some sweetness, so you only need a couple tablespoons of maple syrup to make these sweet enough. Honey can also be used, if you’re not worried about keeping these vegan.
Coconut flour is the flour of choice here because it plays really nicely with the loads of peanut butter used, and you just need a little bit to tighten up the batter. Unfortunately, since coconut flour is so uniquely absorbent, it’s the only flour I’d recommend using in this recipe.
I baked some of the donuts in my bigger donut pan and they were totally good, but I definitely preferred the ones baked in the mini donut pan…mostly because the glaze:donut ratio was on point. The glaze is super simple – just a little dark chocolate melted with some coconut oil, and the peanut butter drizzle is just peanut butter and coconut oil. The coconut oil helps the chocolate and peanut butter set into a glaze at cooler temps.
The mini donuts were also easier to dip and deal with, which is also a bonus. And they’re mini, so they’re automatically cuter. Win win win! Time to get some peanut butter banana donuts in your mouth – happy baking, my friends!
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze (Gluten Free + Vegan)
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil, maple syrup, banana, vanilla extract, and creamy peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Add in the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until completely combined. Let the batter sit for a minute or two to let the coconut flour absorb.
- Spoon the batter into a zipper bag. Snip the corner and pipe the batter into the donut molds in the prepared pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 10-12 minutes for large donuts, or 5 minutes for the mini donuts. Let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.
- For the chocolate glaze, combine the dark chocolate and 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a small microwavable bowl, large enough to dip the donuts in. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring between each, until completely smooth and melted. Carefully dip the smooth side of the donut into the chocolate and remove from the chocolate using two forks - be very careful they don’t crumble! Place on a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath to catch drips.
- For the peanut butter drizzle, melt together the peanut butter and 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl for about 30 seconds or until the oil is melted. Whisk together and then scrape the peanut butter into a small zipper bag. Snip the corner and drizzle over the chocolate glazed donuts. Let stand for at least 30 minutes to let the chocolate and peanut butter set.
- These taste best the day they are made. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Craving more peanut butter banana goodness? Check out these recipes:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)
- Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake (Gluten Free)
- Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes
- Peanut Butter + Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches (Gluten Free + Vegan)