Baked Banana Donuts

Baked Banana Donuts are soft, sweet, lightened-up, and easy to make, with your choice of a decadent chocolate glaze or a coating of cinnamon sugar!

Baked Banana Donuts with text overlay

So how are y'all doing with your "Healthy Eating New Year's Resolutions"...still going strong or fallen off the bandwagon? Either way, today I'm bringing you donuts...but since they're Baked Banana Donuts, they're at least a little less guilt-inducing than those fried rings of deliciousness from the donut shop.?

Baked Banana Donuts on a wire cooling rack

Why Bake Donuts?

My kids are big fans of baked donuts. I mean, they're actually big fans of ANY donuts, but they know it's often easier to convince Mama to whip up some pans of slightly "healthier" baked donuts as opposed to buying a box of the sugar-loaded, fried variety.

Batter in a donut pan

And don't get me wrong...these Baked Banana Donuts are not exactly health food. But they do get much of their sweetness from banana, with just half a cup of additional sugar. And they are obviously baked instead of fried. So when it comes to sweet donut-shaped treats, I honestly feel a little better when my family indulges in these bad boys instead of "real" donuts.

Baked Donut Recipe in donut pan

Banana Donuts

As much as I enjoy baking with banana -- and as much as my family enjoys being on the receiving end of banana baked treats -- it's amazing that it's taken me this long to concoct Baked Banana Donuts. But I finally did, and not a moment too soon! These little gems are like delicious banana bread in donut form...soft and sweet and oh so yummy. Any overripe bananas rotting away on your countertop would be honored to be turned into these!?

Banana Donuts cooling on a wire rack

Coating Options

They're also extremely versatile and easy to customize to your liking. I've included a cinnamon sugar coating...

Stack of Banana Donuts coated with cinnamon sugar

or a glossy chocolate glaze as options for this recipe.

Stack of Banana Donuts with chocolate glaze

But you could also change up your banana donuts in other ways! Stir mini chocolate chips or toasted nuts into the batter. Coat with a simple vanilla or brown butter glaze. Or sprinkle any glaze with chocolate jimmies or mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts! The scrumptious possibilities are endless. And they're still pretty darn tasty if you decide to leave them plain!

Banana Baked Donuts on a wire rack, some with cinnamon sugar and some with chocolate glaze

So how will you adorn your Baked Banana Donuts? Whether you serve them for breakfast or dessert or sometime in between, I hope these yummy treats are a hit with your crew!

Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment

  • Here are my favorite donut pans.
  • I use a small spoon to fill each donut cavity, evenly dividing the batter between the 12 cavities. If you find it easier, you may transfer the batter to a gallon-sized plastic baggie, twist the top, snip off a corner, and pipe the batter into the pan.
  • If you end up with a bit of extra batter, put a cupcake liner in a small ramekin and fill it with the excess batter. After your donuts came out of the oven, drop the oven temp to 350°F and bake the lone muffin until it tests done with a toothpick.
  • If you have a hard time getting your donuts to release from the pan, run a thin, flexible (rubber) spatula around the edge of each donut and it should pop right out.
    Aerial view of six Baked Donuts on a rack with bananas on table
  • If your donuts overflow into the center "holes," after the donuts are cool and before you coat/glaze them, take a sharp pointy knife and cut out the excess donut from the center to make sure each one has a hole. Or if the filled-in hole doesn't bother you, just leave 'em alone.?
  • If the cinnamon sugar coating gets absorbed by the melted butter, feel free to dip your donuts in the cinnamon sugar a second time!
  • Before you coat or glaze the donuts, place some wax paper or foil under the cooling rack to catch any sprinkles of cinnamon sugar/sticky drips of icing and thus simplify clean-up!
  • Baked donuts are best enjoyed fresh. But leftover donuts (what are those?) can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Banana Baked Donuts, two-photo collage with text

More Baked Donuts & Treats

Baked Banana Donuts ~ soft, sweet, lightened-up, and easy to make, with your choice of a decadent chocolate glaze or a coating of cinnamon sugar! |

Baked Banana Donuts

Baked Banana Donuts are soft, sweet, easy to make, and lighter than fried, with your choice of a decadent chocolate glaze or a coating of cinnamon sugar!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 350kcal
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  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed banana, from approximately 2 large or 3 medium overripe bananas
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt OR sour cream, at room temperature

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Adjust oven racks to center position and preheat oven to 425°F. Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until smooth, and then beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg, vanilla, mashed bananas, and sour cream until fully incorporated (batter may look curdled at this will smooth out with addition of flour). Gently mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared donut pans.
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched. Allow donuts to cool for 5 minutes in pans before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
  • FOR THE CINNAMON SUGAR COATING: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Place the melted butter in a shallow bowl. Dip one side of each donut in the butter, and then press into the cinnamon sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE GLAZE: Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat and melt together the butter and corn syrup. Remove the pot from the heat and add the chocolate chips, stirring until they are smooth and completely melted. Stir in the vanilla. If necessary, transfer to a bowl for dipping (or you can dip the donuts directly into the pot). While the glaze is still warm and thin, dip one face of each donut into the glaze. Place glaze-side-up on a plate or cooling rack. For optimal flavor and texture, serve sooner than later.

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Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. I made the baked banana donuts and added chocolate chips. They were super moist, outstanding! These donuts have now become a family favorite. I had leftover sweet potatoes, so I substituted sweet potatoes for the bananas. The recipe turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I thought the oven temp was too high when I pulled out the first batch because they were so browned on the bottom but the inside was super moist while the outside had a nice crunchy texture I usually miss with baked donuts. I haven’t even put the glaze or sugar on the outside yet and I love them so much I had to review them immediately lol.

  3. 4 stars
    Ours went a tad wonky but we do bedbound baking (I'm bedbound but still love to bake so me and mum do most of the mixing,whipping pouring icing etc on bed tray and mum does all the rest then get people to try it and tell me everything about the taste as I'm totally nil by mouth )

    we also had to convert to UK cooking times so pretty sure next time we will have it down pat we had spare batter so put it in the Yorkshire pudding /popover /tartlet tray tin thing and they came out really well . The texture of all of them is so light and fluffy and feels and smells like a normal donut and you can tell it's banana

    We also ran out of sugar so mixed icing sugar and cinnamon and just cover them and they have gone down a treat

  4. Making these to take to a "socially distanced" mothers day brunch with my son and his family (who I haven t seen since early March......) ....

    My donut pans are also dark finisjhed....most times recipes say if you are using cx a dark pan, to reduce your baking 425 degrees still what you recommend?

    1. My pans are dark (shown in the post) and the pictured donuts were made per the recipe. But you can certainly reduce your oven temp by 25°F and watch the donuts closely if that makes you feel better that they won't get too dark. 🙂

      1. 3 stars
        I followed exactly as directed. I own a restaurant and make donuts. Never tried Banana so thought I would try this recipe. They were just wet inside, after 20min cooking, still the same. Heavy too. I wouldn't say donut. I see others had success, not sure what went wrong. I also have never used a donut pan, normally roll and cut then bake.

        1. Hi there! Baked donuts don't turn out the same as fried donuts...they end up with a texture more akin to muffins. These definitely should not have been wet inside after 20 minutes of baking, 425°F, I would have guessed they'd burn by that point. So I'm not sure what went wrong, but I hope these work out next time if you decide to give them another try. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    These were fantastic! The whole family enjoyed them. Only thing I changed was using heavy cream instead of Greek yogurt or sour cream because I didn’t have either of those. Still came out great! I’ll definitely make again! Thanks!!

    1. Yes! You just may have to tweak the baking time. Keep an eye on your muffins and test with a toothpick when you think they're done. 🙂

    1. You're welcome, Noelle! We're big fans of banana treats at my house...hope you enjoy, too! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I used half all-purpose flour and half wheat flour in mine and texture was still light and fluffy. Tastes like banana bread and it is very versatile with adding nuts or a glaze. Will make again!