Healthy Banana Baked Doughnuts

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Healthy doughnuts…how is that possible??!!! Healthy and doughnuts just don’t come together! Doughnuts are typically deep-fried and coated with white sugar, but there’s a way to make them much much healthier! Simply bake them. These doughnuts are gluten, refined sugar and dairy-free. No fat, no processed white sugar, no flour and no deep frying.

Do these baked doughnuts taste like Krispy Kremes? Unfortunately not, but they aren’t supposed to. These are so much lighter and healthier that they can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They are super moist, spongy and busting with banana flavour. They’re like mini banana breads in the shape of doughnuts! And topping them with chocolate…well we all know banana and chocolate are a dream combination!

I made these to have on ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) Awareness Day – 17th May 2015 – with my cup of tea! On ME Awareness Day, to raise money, lots of people have a virtual tea party for ME – an idea created by Anna Jones. The idea behind it is that because many sufferers aren’t able to go out, a virtual tea party means that everyone can join in from their own homes or beds :)

Makes 6 doughnuts (double recipe if you’d like more)

Ingredients
3/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 cup coconut sugar
sprinkle of salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/8 cup almond milk
1 egg (whisked)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Topping:
50g dark chocolate (I used 70% cacao)

Instructions 
Preheat your oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Add the ground almonds, baking powder, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl and stir.
In a separate bowl combine mashed banana, almond milk, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla essence. Gradually fold in your wet ingredients into dry ingredients until only just combined.
You will need a doughnut tin for this (I bought a 6 doughnut tin from Tesco for under £10). Greece your moulds with some dairy free butter. Pour your mixture which should be quite thin and wet into the moulds and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and put the tin on a cooling rack for about ten minutes and then gently remove the doughnuts and allow them to cool completely.
While your doughnuts are cooling, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Once melted, remove from the heat and set aside for a few minutes until thickened slightly. Dip your doughnuts in the chocolate to about half way down, and then sprinkle on your toppings of choice (I used cranberries, mango and desiccated coconut). Leave the chocolate to set and then enjoy :)

15 Comments

  1. Kim June 5, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    They look great! Can you use almond flour instead of ground almonds? I’m new to addressing the gluten in foods as a way to help my chronic illness. So if that’s a dumb question, sorry! LOL If nothing else, life with chronic illness is a perpetual learning experience!

    • spooniesophia June 5, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Hi Kim! Thank you :) almond flour is the same thing as ground almonds! Hehe! Xx

  2. coyoteogley June 5, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Sounds great! Definitely gonna try this!

  3. Berta Karaim June 5, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    The virtual tea party sounds like a lovely idea! And I’m sure everyone was drooling over these 😉

  4. Sarah Fawcett June 6, 2015 / 5:36 am

    Wow they look absolutely amazing, bet they taste even better! Since starting on my healthy eating journey I’ve been blown away by the fabulous creations that people come up with to replace all those horrible refined alternatives!! Well done Sophie they’re fabulous

  5. cateinthekitchen June 6, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    These look great Sophia, I love that you’ve used all accessible ingredients too. Apart from the coconut sugar I’ve probably got all of these in my cupboard! x

  6. spooniesophia June 19, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Thank you so much Donna!! They were delicious. Hope today is kind to you xxx

  7. spooniesophia June 19, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I know, such a good idea isn’t it!! I was feeling very poorly though so it was just me and my Mum, but lovely all the same :)

  8. spooniesophia June 19, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    I know, you can find amazing alternatives for pretty much anything! Aside from cheese which just can’t be replaced!
    Thank you Sarah! xx

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