These Healthy Donuts with Banana and Chocolate Chips are an easy, homemade snack for kids or treat for brunch. Whether you’re clean eating or just looking for a treat that’s baked instead of fried, these healthy donuts are the perfect DIY. Packed with honey, plain yogurt and oats, you can ditch all those muffin recipes for something more fun. Only have a muffin tin? This recipe will work for you too!
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I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for healthy snacks to give my kids. Sometimes these take the form of healthy snacks that they don’t realize are healthy – things that feel like a treat to them, like these Healthy Donuts with Banana and Chocolate Chips.
These healthy donuts are sweetened with honey (no refined sugar outside the chocolate chips), and packed with plain yogurt, rolled oats and bananas. Lots of good stuff here. Throw in a few chocolate chips and my kids feel like they’re getting a huge treat, which is fine with me 🙂
If you’re super worried about refined sugar you could even make them without the chocolate chips – I’m sure they’d still be delicious (I haven’t tried it though – I’m a sucker for banana and chocolate chips together).
This recipe uses three bananas (is there anyone in the world who doesn’t have a horde of bananas whiling away the years in their freezer?). That’s a lot, but I love how moist they make this recipe (and there’s no oil in it – other than oiling the pan!). Perfect time to bust out the frozen bananas and make space in the freezer.
We recently found our donut pan on a visit to Value Village and I’ve been looking for fun and still healthy donut recipes to use in it ever since. But if you don’t have a donut pan, you can still make this recipe in a muffin tin (or mini muffin tin – I’ve done both), and it will work out great.
Gone are the days when donuts had to be a deep fried, sugar coated and junky. Now they can be oven baked, clean eating, homemade, healthy snacks. I love it! (I still enjoy a traditional donut every now and then too… but I like these better for every day eating).
Bonus: They freeze well! So you can make a bunch and freeze them for whenever you want them!
Don’t miss the step-by-step photo instructions below the recipe!
These Healthy Donuts with Banana and Chocolate Chips are an easy, homemade snack for kids or treat for brunch. Whether you're clean eating or just looking for a treat that's baked instead of fried, these healthy donuts are the perfect DIY. Packed with honey, plain yogurt and oats, you can ditch all those muffin recipes for something more fun. Only have a muffin tin? This recipe will work for you too!
- 3 bananas (I love to use some of the bananas from my freezer for this!)
- 1 egg (room temperature)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 and 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 and 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Before you start, you might need to warm up your egg if it's cold from the fridge. Put it in a small bowl and cover with warm-hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes and repeat.
If you're using frozen bananas, defrost them and mash with a fork.
In a large bowl, combine bananas, egg, yogurt, honey and vanilla. Whisk well to mix.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Add to wet ingredients and use a large spatula to mix gently until *just* combined. If you overmix the batter the donuts will be tough.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Spray donut pan with non-stick spray and spoon batter into each donut well. I used around 2 tablespoons of batter for each donut. Don't overfill - they will rise.
Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a donut comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack. These donuts freeze well.
*If you want to use regular muffin tins instead of a donut pan, bake for around 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
If you want to use mini-muffin tins instead of a donut pan, bake for around 12 minutes.
Healthy Donuts with Banana and Chocolate Chips – Step-by-Step Instructions
Ingredients for Healthy Donuts with Banana and Chocolate Chips. Yes, those are freezer bananas, and they work perfectly for this recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Anytime you’re baking you should be working with room temperature eggs. If you’re like me, and often doing things on the fly, you have cold, refrigerated eggs. Put a cold egg in a bowl or cup and add warm water to it. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, drain and repeat. The egg will warm up quickly.
If your bananas are frozen you’ll have to defrost them. Then peel and mash them. You’ll need three bananas.
Mix all your wet ingredients together in a large bowl: 3 mashed bananas, 1 cup of plain yogurt, 1 room temperature egg, 1/2 cup honey and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.
Whisk well to combine.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 and 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and use a large spatula to mix until *just* combined. You don’t want to overmix the batter or the donuts will be tough.
Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips (optional).
Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Fill donut wells. I used around 2 tablespoons of batter for each donut. If you use more you might lose your donut holes when they rise in the oven. Bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the donuts comes out clean.
If you want to use a muffin tin instead of a donut pan, bake for about 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (these can take a little longer because they are thicker).
If you want to use a mini-muffin tin bake for around 12 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. These healthy donuts freeze super well.