Coconut and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Donuts: How could I not start with a donut? Or…many donuts…

You guys, this week, I’m going donut crazy. I hope Donut Crazy forgives me for totally ripping off their name, but it’s true, there’s just a lot of donut-ing going on this week. By the way, if you haven’t been to Donut Crazy, or seen their Instagram, stop what you are doing right now and clear your schedule. Seriously.

Anyways, this week’s blog will be two parter – lucky you…and me! Let me tell you why. Later this week, on Friday, I’m hosting a dinner party. That’s what adults do right? The theme for our soiree is…breakfast for dinner! Because, as amazing as breakfast tastes before 9 in the morning, it always seems to taste 10 times better after 7 in the evening. As I was brainstorming the menu for the night, I immediately realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to cross my first goal off the bucket list: baked donuts! I’ve had a donut pan that I bought at Sur La Table, which hasn’t been used yet. That is a crime within itself.

And so my week of donuts has begun. On Sunday, I went through my normal routine of impersonating a retired 80 year old. Get up at the crack of dawn, check the circulars for deals, make my grocery list, and proceed to travel to 6 different grocery stores to be as thrifty as possible. It was all going well until I was distracted by the display of limited edition Oreos at Shop Rite. As I walked around feeling internally conflicted about which, if any, variation I should try, I accidentally threw 3 extra bananas in my cart, despite already having some at home. The. Horror.

That is when the idea to extend my donut experiment came about. I mean, first, I’d be crazy to waste perfectly brown bananas. Second, I wanted to be able to sample a few different varieties to really make sure I could feel justified in crossing this one off the list. Lastly, and most importantly, I HAD to make sure my donut pan really worked before the big day. Really, I was just being a responsible party host. So, for my first experiment, I chose to make Coconut and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Donuts.

Knowing that I would be indulging later in the week, I decided to make a “cleanish” recipe for these guys. Like I mentioned in my last post, this summer is all about finding balance. That means, from time to time, I’m going to try creating some recipes for treats that I can feel good about eating, but don’t remind me of nutritional cardboard at the same time. Luckily, these donuts checked off both of those boxes. Plus, they’re a combination of all the good things in life…chocolate, bananas, and coconut. How can you go wrong?

One of the best parts of this recipe is that it doesn’t require any extra equipment. No hand mixer, no food processor, no nothin’. And in my book, the product always tastes better when you have less dishes to wash after making it.

Let’s get to it! First things first, mix the wet and dry ingredients in their own separate bowls and then fold them together. Don’t forget to throw those chocolate chips in there. As for my “clean-ish” modifications, I used a ratio of 3:1 whole wheat flour to all purpose flour, Truvia sweetener instead of sugar, coconut oil and applesauce. These can all be substituted for all purpose flour, granulated sugar and vegetable oil. Basically, use whatever you have on hand!

wet and dry (edited)

Once your batter is combined, put it into a large plastic bag. Cut the tip off and use the bag to pipe the mixture into your donut pan. The bag isn’t a necessity, but it’s much less messy. And, like I said, the less cleanup, the better they taste. I guarantee it.

batter in pan (edited)

Originally, I planned on baking these for 15 or more minutes, but mine were done after 12. Be sure to keep an eye on them! They’re done as soon as you can poke them with a toothpick or fork that comes out clean. While you’re waiting, you can prep your glaze, toast your coconut, and slice your last banana. All that involves is melting down the honey and coconut oil, adding the cocoa and setting it aside.

toppings (edited)

baked (edited)

Last but not least, it’s time for assembly! Once your donuts have cooled, place some banana slices on top, drizzle with the glaze, and sprinkle with coconut.

finished product three quarters (edited)

Tada! A healthy-ish treat you can make with your leftover bananas. Or bananas that you “accidentally” buy that you can’t find another purpose for. Same thing. Tune in this weekend for part 2 of donut week! I’ve just make my final decisions about what donuts to make next…but you’ll just have to wait to find out.

Oh, by the way, I’m adding an unofficial item to my bucket list… I really want to make something that gives me an excuse to buy those Oreos. No promises though.



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