Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze

One sad, lonely, over-ripe banana. One baked doughnut pan. And a sweet tooth. That's how this all started. Normally, if I have sad bananas, I think about banana bread but this time I had just one. Not enough for a well flavored bread. But, it was just right for a small batch of baked doughnuts.

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze
My favorite thing about baking doughnuts, apart from the fact that they're much lighter than fried, is that they're so quick and simple to make. You don't even need a mixer and the fewer things I have to wash afterwards, the better.

Some good vanilla and warm cinnamon, because even baked doughnuts should taste special, and I expected to give them a simple glaze. But, while I was mashing the banana, I had an idea and scooped a quarter of the mash into my glaze bowl.

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze
Have you ever tasted that well known frosted banana cake they sell at the supermarket?  You know the one I mean, with the intense banana flavor and who knows how many preservatives and artificial what-nots? And yes, I ate more than my share of it as a kid because I always loved banana flavor. And here was that same taste again, only in totally natural form. Let me just say that banana glaze is so going to be a thing in my house from now on. Enjoy!

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients (6 - 8 Doughnuts)
  • Doughnuts:
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 Ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk (regular milk OK here)
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

  • Glaze:
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 Ripe banana, mashed
  • 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
Banana Bread Doughnuts with Banana Glaze
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla and mashed banana. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.

Spray a doughnut pan with a light coating of non-stick baking spray and pour the batter into each cavity. If you have an 8-doughnut pan, fill each cavity about 3/4 of the way up. If you have a 6-doughnut pan, like I do, just fill to the top. It will still be fine. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes until set but barely golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before turning out of the pan.

While the doughnuts are cooling, whisk together the melted butter, milk, banana, powdered sugar, salt and cinnamon. Turn the doughnuts out onto a rack and generously pour on the glaze.

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  1. Ok I loved how you used banana IN the glaze itself! I have a baked doughnut pan myself. Now I need to go buy a banana and let it sit on my counter for a week to make these ;)

  2. I just made these and they are perfect! I have to admit I had my doubts about the banana glaze, but that stuff is addictive! I could easily eat a bowl full, and it set perfectly on the donuts. Thanks so much!

  3. I love baked doughnuts! They are a perfect treat when you feel like doughnuts or cake but you're trying not to have an entire cake in the house, or be tempted to eat a whole dozen of the freshly fried cinnamon rings....mmmm....
    These doughnuts have me daydreaming and drooling like Homer Simpson! I can't wait to try that banana glaze, and I know my Dad is going to love these too!

  4. These look amazing. Plus I am always in a conundrum about the one banana. This is the most perfect solution.

  5. Oh my good god, these would last NO time in my house! YUM

  6. I love making baked donuts and have never tried a banana version. These look delicious, and I love that they even have a banana glaze!

  7. I've never made donuts before, but this recipe has me running out to buy a donut pan ! This sounds so yummy I cannot wait to try ... am buying two pans ...two bananas ...cuz these will be gone way too soon if I don't double up ! Thx so much for posting this recipe :)

  8. Is that 3/4 of a banana or 3/4 a cup of mashed banana?

    1. It's 3/4 of a banana and then mash it. Hope you enjoy these!

  9. could you use the same amount of glaze on a bundt cake...

    1. Hi Jacqui - I think that I would advise doubling the glaze recipe for a bundt cake. Happy holidays!


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