Sunday, March 23, 2014

RD-to-Be Approved Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

DONUTS! Hmmm....well kind of. This homemade, baked kind is in between a muffin and a doughnut with a little extra dark chocolate chips that makes it oh so good:). I have never made baked donuts before, but I picked up a mini doughnut baking pan and I'm in love. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and of course had to do a little modification to make it have a little more nutritional power punch while still being a sweet treat.

Some great substitutes in this recipe is bananas, applesauce, greek yogurt, and whole wheat/soy flour that you wouldn't find in an average doughnut. A naturally sweet goodness, bananas and applesauce can take the place of extra sugar in baked goods. The fat content is also decreased in this recipe (less butter) by using the greek yogurt and fruit puree (banana/applesauce). Generally, you can replace half the butter with greek yogurt or applesauce in some baking recipes. A third great modification is the use of different types of flours. Whole wheat and soy flour will give you  more fiber, vitamins, and minerals when  compared to white flour. Added benefit of soy flour, the protein and iron content smashes whole wheat flour....and imparts a unique taste (so don't go overboard).

RD-to-Be Approved Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

Added the little extra topping for a sweet crunch.

  • 1 cup bananas, mashed (I used 2 med bananas)
  • 1/3 cup raw can sugar (also called Turbinado)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used 1single container 5.3oz, 0%)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 Tbps butter, melted
  •  2 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup soy flour
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  •  1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate baking chips (I would also suggest to try mini chips) 
  • gallon freezer bag
Toppings if you desire a sweet crunch
  • 1/4 cup raw can sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon  
  • 1 Tbsp, melted butter


Preheat the oven to 350F. Thoroughly blend with a electric mixer bananas, sugar, greek yogurt, and applesauce. Add the melted butter, vanilla and and eggs and mix again. Add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until JUST incorporated (I over mixed the first batch and they were a little chewy). Add the dark chocolate chips and give one final mix.

Spray your doughnut baking pan with cooking spray.  Now, let's make your own piping bag! Take a gallon freezer bag and add all of the dough into the bag. Snap the end tip of the bag and start pipping filling up each mold about 3/4th full. 

Add a little cinnamon sprinkle and bake for 15-20 minutes. Once it's done, if you'd like a little crunch, mix some raw cane sugar with cinnamon. Brush melted butter on top of the doughnuts and dip into the sugar mixture. Enjoy!

*Kaycie, fellow intern and runner gave several suggestions into this RD-to-Be approved recipe :).

Hope you had a great weekend,

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This doggy ran 11 miles this weekend. One tired pup!