Baked Banana Doughnuts

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 9, 2009

Happy Friday night everyone!

I hope you are all starting your weekend off to a great start :)

Tonight, I did what I love doing on Friday nights- some baking and relaxation!

I baked BAKED Banana Doughnuts from a cookbook called “Best-Loved Whole Grain Recipes


Baked Banana Doughnuts (modified version)



2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1.5 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. white sugar
2 tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 425F and grease baking sheet.


2. Beat bananas, egg whites, oil, and brown sugar in large bowl. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Mix until well blended.


3. Let stand for 5 minutes to let dough rise.

4. Scoop out heaping tablespoons (my scoops were probably 2-3 tbsp’s each doughnut) and place on baking sheet equally spread apart. Take a buttered knife and finger to form doughnut holes in the centre of each. Smoth edges of dough into a round doughnut as much as possible. It will be difficult as the dough is sticky. Do not feel discouraged- they don’t have to be perfect (see mine below for proof!). Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of white sugar.

5. Place in oven for 7-8 mins. at 425F.

Yields: 12 Doughnuts @ 165 calories each

After cooking about 5 mins, I took them out of the oven because I forgot to sprinkle the sugar on them! Oops.

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With my leftover Maple Cream-Cheese Icing from the carrot cake (Eric’s doughnut- mine was plain):


My opinion?

These Baked Banana Doughnuts are a great way to satisfy a doughnut craving without resorting to the deep fried, fat-laden kind. I was shocked that the recipe only called for 1 tbsp. of oil!  At 165 calories per doughnut (without icing and nuts), these are a great way to have a treat without breaking the bank.

If you are a dough-lover, you will love these. They were doughy and moist (from the bananas).

The centre near the hole was almost like raw dough! SO good!


I prefer a little crunch, so next time I would definitely add some nuts and I would probably subtract a 1/2 of white flour and add 1/2 cup of oats. I know oats aren’t supposed to be in doughnuts, but I think I would love it. :)

This recipe can also be turned into ‘Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts’ by substituting 8 oz. of packed pumpkin puree for the 2 bananas. I must try this!


I got 2 exciting things in the mail today:

An Advertisement for Yoga Classes near my home!


IT’S A SIGN!!!!!!??

And….a package delivery!!! (That I missed, damnit!!)


Could it be one of the CONTEST GIVEAWAYS that are long overdue to arrive???

  • Mary’s Organic Crackers
  • Honest Foods

I sure hope so! I will be picking this up tomorrow morning! I hope they are open til noon like the sheet says…

Night everyone! I am off to watch What Not To Wear and then we are possibly going to see Bride Wars!! I may have to drag Eric there kicking and screaming though. hahaha…He says, “I thought we were done with wedding shows???”

Nope. We never will be! *evil cackle*


To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
       – Kahlil Gibran

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priyankalovesfood January 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

wow these doughnuts look amazing! I was waiting for Bride wars to release and now I didn’t even realize that it is
I guess as girls we’ll never be done with wedding stuff..the word WEDDING fascinates me!!


VeggieGirl January 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum, yum, yum.

Hooray for yoga!! :-D


Andrea January 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm

i starred this recipe on my google reader. deeelish! 165 cal for a donut = fabulous


dailygoods January 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

wowww those donuts look amazing!!! and i hope you try out yoga! definitely a sign :)


Kris January 9, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Awww…I want to see that movie!!!!

Yummy donoughts!!! Can I have some?

Miss you sissy! xoxoxoxo


eatingbender January 10, 2009 at 12:30 am

Must have doughnuts! Those look so amazing!


HangryPants January 10, 2009 at 1:45 am

I am definitely a dough person, so everything about these doughnuts sounds fantastic.

Enjoy the yoga!!!! Remember, be patient with yourself and love it!


Lara January 10, 2009 at 5:32 am

Oooh I can’t believe you found a way to mak donuts healthy! They look great, and you put that leftover maple frosting to good use!


seeleelive January 10, 2009 at 6:37 am

these look delicious. i want some PRONTO!!


ttfn300 January 10, 2009 at 10:10 am

yummy, donuts!!! and love the quote :)


sweetandnatural January 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm

YUM – those doughnuts look awesome!


Dave January 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Those doughnuts look great! Who would’ve thought that you can make those without frying em.


Lotus Lulu January 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I stumbled across this while googling banana recipes! They look soooo tasty!! Thanks for sharing =)


kate February 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I made these last night and they were a hit!!! I did the substitution that you mentioned (1/2 cup of oats for 1/2 cup of white flour) and it totally added some oatiness to them :). My girlfriend added peanut butter to top her’s off since we didn’t have frosting in the house.
Thanks for sharing! they were great.


bethann March 19, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Just made these doughnuts…they are so delicious! This is the second recipe I have tried of yours and I have been in love with both! I love your blog, you do such a great job. Seriously keep up the great work! You are fabulous =)




Robin March 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I just made these and love them. My kids love them as well. Thank you for a healthy recipe that I can share with my family!


Lexie May 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

I love donuts but never eat them b/c they are so unhealthy. I can’t wait to make these…they look amazing! I am definitely a dough person!


Rebecca July 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

I made these donuts last night!! They’re incredible!!


Sarah August 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

JUST finished making these. i tried the pumpkin version (not a big banana fan) and i am so pleased with the way they turned out. taste wise, they are DELISH! the walnuts were the perrrrfect touch. plus they are so doughy and moist… mmmm! and at under 200 calories? TOO good to be true!! i was a little worried about hand forming the center, but it was fairly easy and the handmade look is cute with the sugar over top. they look great out on the counter on a simple serving plate. overall, i was really impressed! thanks for a great recipe!!


Rachel April 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I have the same cookbook and I loved the baked banana doughnuts! I only put in 1/3 cup sugar and substituted the wheat flour for buckwheat flour. On top, I put chocolate chips and walnuts. Yum.


Marie (The Knead for Speed) July 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I made a slightly adapted version of these a little while back ( and they were soooo good! Thanks for posting the recipe.


krissy August 21, 2010 at 9:46 am

thanks for this awesome recipe! I made them this morning and even though I overbaked them a little (technical difficulties with the kitchen timer!!) they came out like scones. =D I will definitely be trying the pumpkin ones in the fall because pumpkin is my fave!!!


Miriam September 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for the recipe all the way from germany. I think they are BETTER than doughnuts. Tried the recipe with oats. They are amazing! Thanks! <3


divamac May 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

these are not vegan!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

This recipe was posted before I went vegan. Maybe I need to veganize them?


Sara July 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

angela these were delicious – i halved the recipe and made six delicious donuts!


Michelle September 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Angela, A comment from me is long overdue because I have been trying one recipe after another from your site (and repeating my faves). I am not vegetarian or vegan but have simply been trying to eat healthier but keeping things yummy. I just took a batch of these out of my oven. My kitchen smells wonderful and according to my husband, his tummy is wonderful too! I modified this by using a “flaxseed” egg and applesauce for the oil. I also used buckwheat flour instead of the wheat and used your suggestion for the oats and nuts. The result was the best healthy banana donut I have ever had. Will make these again.

Thank you for all you do and your delicious recipes. My favorites include the protien bar, the “tuna” salad and all the oatmeal recipes. Just tried the apple chia seed jam. Yum!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hey Michelle, I’m so happy you are trying out so many recipes on my blog! Thanks for letting me know :) I love the changes you made to this recipe by the way, I’ll have to try it out myself! Take care


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