Banana Baked Donuts

If you’re looking for something to bake with over-ripe bananas, instead of banana bread, try Banana Baked Donuts!  These bad boys are moist and deliciously flavored with a scrumptious brown butter glaze.

I am a big fan of baked donuts (see my Baked Glazed Donuts, Baked Cherry Donuts and Lemon Poppyseed Donuts).  They are so easy to make and utterly delish!  I love that you aren’t waiting for dough to rise and you aren’t using a deep fryer or a ton of oil.  Simply make your batter, fill your donut molds and pop them into the oven.  Really…what could be better??

When I have over-ripe bananas and can’t bake with them, rather than throw them out, I peel them and freeze them.  I have been doing this for years!  And, even though the texture when they are thawed is different than a fresh banana, it still produces the most delicious baked goods.  I used thawed bananas for these donuts and they were perfect.  I did drain off a little of the liquid that accumulates when they thaw, but besides that, I used them as is.

The batter ends up being quite thick, just like a banana bread.  By the way, if you want the best ever banana bread, check out Patsy’s Banana Bread right here!

These donuts are amazing straight out of the oven, but if you want to send them over the top, make the brown butter glaze.  Just brown up butter (if you haven’t done this before, just follow the instructions in the recipe), add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whisk it all together.  You will probably need to add some cream or milk to thin it out a bit.

Once the donuts are cool, dip them in the icing.  There are seriously incredible!  I am totally an iced donut kind of girl, so these win my heart!  I know they will win yours, too!

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Banana Baked Donuts

Makes: 8 donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


For Donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg

For Glaze:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milk or heavy cream as needed


For Donuts:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray your donut molds with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.

In a separate bowl mix the mashed bananas, melted butter, and egg. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix only until just combined. The batter will be thick.

Spoon the batter into the donut pans and place the donut pans on a cookie sheet. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until they spring back when lightly pressed.

Remove from oven allow and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove and allow to cool fully.

For Icing:

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. It will start to foam and you will see brown bits form at the bottom of the pan. This will take about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the butter to cool slightly.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whisk until no longer lumpy. If the icing is too thick you can add small amounts of milk or heavy cream.

Dip the tops of the donuts into the icing. These are best eaten the day they are made.

Recipe from kitchen 335co


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