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Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

I am not ashamed to admit it, I like my donuts better when they are fried.

This fact, unfortunately, is partially responsible for the current state of my butt and thighs.  Which is not good.

Today, I was craving donuts, but aforementioned said state of thighs and the fact that I didn’t want to ruin the 45 minutes I spent on the treadmill this morning prevented me from making a trip to the grocery store bakery to pick out a maple bar.

Instead, I tried to find a way to make a donut a little bit healthier.  Can we call them healthy donuts?  It’s a stretch, but sure, why not?

I did manage to put very little fat into the donut itself, and it still came out moist and delicious- pretty perfect, really.  The glaze has quite a bit of fat and sugar in it, but, come on, it’s a donut, people.  It has to have some.

These little baked donuts are so little that I let my daughter have two.  And, I didn’t feel bad enjoying one myself.  They took about 20 minutes total, including ten minutes baking time, to whip up.

They were delicious, if I do say so myself.  I enjoyed mine with a nice, homemade latte.  Perfect.

A Rumbly in my Tumbly original recipe


For the donuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk (*if you don’t have buttermilk, use milk + 1 teaspoon white vinegar)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon of melted butter

For the brown butter glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325Β°.  Lightly grease a donut pan.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk, mashed banana, beaten egg, vanilla, and butter.  Mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Spoon mixture into donut pan.  Each one should be about half full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until baked through.  Donuts should spring back when lightly pushed.

To make your glaze, heat butter over low heat until it turns golden brown- about 6-8 minutes. Do not burn it, or you will have burnt butter donuts, which will not be good.  Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Dunk cooled donuts into the warm glaze, and place on parchment paper until set.  Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.


45 thoughts on “Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

  1. Sweet & lovely- you are correct! Thank you for catching my error! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment and for visiting.Tracy- Definitely invest in a donut pan. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!

  2. Amanda- Hope you enjoy them, thanks for the comment and for visiting!Nora's Grandmother- I used a mini pan of 12 and had a little bit of batter left over. The recipe makes one batch in a regular size donut

  3. Amanda- Hope you enjoy them, thanks for the comment and for visiting!Nora's Grandmother- I used a mini pan of 12 and had a little bit of batter left over. The recipe makes one batch in a regular size donut

  4. My husband liked them so much, he requested them again this morning. I didn’t have any more bananas so I used pumpkin. I doubled the recipe and used 3/4 cup pure pumpkin. I also used pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon. The glaze is my favorite part!

  5. I came back to see when I first started making this recipe. It has been re-pinned 130 times in the past year! Thanks again for sharing, I’m going to make more with sweet potatoes this week.

  6. Thank you for the wonderful and creative recipe. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used watered down sour cream. Came out terrific!

  7. Are this a hard glaze or a softer glaze/frosting? Would have to transport them so want something that won’t be a mess all over and could stack by the time they get there

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