These light, delicious, vegan banana nut donuts are just right for Sunday morning breakfast. A sweet chocolate glaze makes these baked donuts extra decadent.
Sometimes you just need something special for breakfast! On a slow weekend morning, there’s nothing like warm, fluffy, cinnamon rolls, light, buttery, vegan pancakes, or baked donuts with a dark chocolate glaze.
If you love a sweet breakfast, this recipe is for you! These donuts are like banana bread in donut form, and the chocolate on top is the finishing touch. You will love how easy these are to make! All you need are a few simple ingredients and donut pan.
- vegan buttery spread
- baking powder
- non-dairy milk
I love these, even without the glaze. If you prefer a slightly less sweet treat, you may want to skip the chocolate on top. These are so delicious plain, or you could just do a dusting of powdered sugar instead!
If you can’t have nuts, just leave those out. These are still worth making, even without nuts!
Can I freeze these donuts?
Yes, I think you could freeze these, although I have not tried that. Just wrap each donut in waxed paper and store in a ziploc freezer bag. They should stay fresh for about 3 months.
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Vegan Banana Nut Donuts with Chocolate Glaze.
An easy recipe for vegan banana nut donuts with a sweet chocolate glaze.
- 3 Tablespoons very ripe banana mashed
- ¼ cup vegan buttery spread softened
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup spelt flour all purpose flour works, too
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup finely ground walnuts
For the topping:
- ¾ cup dairy free chocolate chips
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour the donut pan. Even though the donut pan is non-stick, the banana makes the dough sticky, so it works better to grease and flour the pan.
Mix the buttery spread, mashed banana, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, vinegar, and non-dairy milk, stir.
Add the dry ingredients and nuts to the wet mixture and mix together. The dough will be soft, and not too wet. Let the dough rise for a minute.
Spoon the dough into the donut pan. Each well will be full almost to the top. Smooth out the dough with the back of a spoon. Make sure that the center of each part (where the hole will be) is free of dough.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then remove.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir. Microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Spread the chocolate on the cooled donuts and top with the walnuts and a sprinkle of sea salt if desired.
Store leftover donuts in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for about 3 days.
If you want to freeze these, wrap each donut in waxed paper, and place in a freezer bag. They should stay fresh for about 3 months.
You can leave the nuts out of this recipe if you like.
These are delicious! Made them with pecans instead of walnuts and they turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing!
hi first time i have posted the look great could u bake these in a electric donut machine i have one but haven’t
made donuts in so long i could spray it well but doubt i could flour it
You know, if it is non stick, and you spray it, it might be fine. I have not tried it in a donut maker, but if you do try it, let me know how it goes!
These look great. Definitely going to try them for my dairy free son. Did you use mini donut pan or regular size donut pan? And how many did it make? thanks so much.
I used a regular size donut pan…although now I am intrigued…I didn’t know that they made a mini donut pan! It makes about 6 donuts. You might have a little extra batter if it seems to get extra puffy from the baking powder, You can just make an extra donut, or a couple of mini muffins if that happens.
Do you have any suggestions for making this without a “donut pan”, could they be muffins?
Sure, muffins would work! Just keep an eye on them, the timing will be different than with the donut pan, I think!
Katie @ Produce on Parade
I worked at a lodge in a State Park (it was grandfathered in) and I was the morning cook. I’d get up there really early and bake muffins, cookies, bread and biscotti with the sun coming up over the mountains before any other workers were there. It was amazing :)
That sounds like an amazing job, Katie! Wow, nature and baking, what a great combination!
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
6 am is the worst! But SO cool that you worked in a bakery. I own a (currently inactive due to exams) baking business so I understand the work but the fun that it awards. These doughnuts now…can you ship me some please?! It’s not good for me to be staring at this hour but they look insanely delicious!!! Like the chocolate glaze.
Wow! That is awesome that you own a baking business! It’s a lot of work for sure! Donuts are in the mail! ;)
Kelly, that is so amazing that you worked in a bakery! Definitely my dream job. ;) And I am loving these donuts! They look so moist and fluffy and obviously VERY tempting smothered in chocolate. LOL pinned!
Thanks so much, Sarah! You are so sweet!
Graham @ Glazed & Confused
Oh gosh these donuts look seriously amazing! I don’t think I could ever work around so much sugar. I’d eat it all!
Thank you! After awhile, I was just sick of looking at anything sweet! Too much! :)
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely
That is so cool you worked at a bakery! 6am is pretty early to be at work, but I bet you were done really early so you still had lots of daylight to do fun, summery things. These donuts sound delicious! And healthy too : )
Thanks, Natalie! Yes, it was early, but you’re right, then I did have the whole day!
I always thought it’d be fun to work at a bakery save for having to wake up extra extra early. These donuts look amaaaaaazing! High-fives on making them vegan – very impressive indeed!
Thanks, Julia! The early mornings were a bummer, but doable when I was younger! Now I don’t think I could do it! :)
Hi Kelly! How are you? I haven’t stopped by in a while. Tax season consumes my life leaving me little time to socialize on social media.
These donuts look and sound amazing. They contain two of my favorites…bananas and chocolate.
As for an interesting summer job? I started working at age 12 babysitting and playing the piano for a voice instructor’s students. I used the money to buy books. I was (and still can be) a total bookworm. As i got older, I continued with the baby sitting and piano playing gigs but added retail store clerk to my resume. These jobs were great but my absolute favorite, most interesting job was being a waitress at Pizza Hut the summer after my freshman year of college. What made it so special is it was THE place to hangout in my hometown. It was located in front of the most popular movie theater and only a few miles from our local baseball stadium. The wait for a table was always 30 minutes or more…very much a hot spot. I call it my summer for “crushing”. It was then that I realized I have a thing for baseball players. lol. Several years later I actually married a baseball player, although I didn’t meet him at Pizza Hut. So…how’s that for interesting? haha. I hope you are doing well!
Hi Lisa! Wow, you had lots of interesting jobs! I can imagine it would be super fun to work at a busy Pizza Hut! Are you an accountant? I’m sure you’ll be glad when tax season is over! I know I’m so happy we finished our taxes last week.