I’m reeeeally excited about these Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it too.

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Months back I bought one of those doughnut pans, it was on clearance and I should have bought two! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use it for, until today. I was staring at a bunch of ripe bananas and thought to myself how badly I need to use them up before the fruit flies arrive. And my girl’s lovelovelovelove muffins for breakfast. They’re easy and can be a healthy start to the day. So as my eyes bounce from ripened bananas to this doughnut pan and back to the bananas while thinking about they’re breakfast it hits me. Healthy doughnuts! Can it be done?

You know how they say kids will eat anything on a stick. Not true. I put veggies on a stick and they rolled their eyes with an  “Oh Mom puh-lease” as if they were going to fall for that trick. So I’m starting a new rumor… kids will eat anything that looks like a doughnut!

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Easy-peasy. These doughnuts are like banana bread but wayyyyy better. I personally feel it’s the chunks of banana baked in… oh momma.


So I know this looks like a ton of sugar, but it’s only three quarters of a cup… I may try these next with a half cup… but I can honestly tell ya that these weren’t too sweet.


To the brown sugar, sift in the flour, salt, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. Now just set that aside for a sec.


I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my potato masher thingy… that’s the official name btw. I kept the banana reeeeally chunky… I like that sort of thing.


To the mashed banana; add the applesauce, vanilla and one whole egg.


Mix until combined.


Combine the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and mix.


My rule of thumb: if the batter tastes good… then it will taste even better when baked.


I then greased the doughnut pan with coconut oil. You can use butter or extra light olive oil.


Fill each of the doughnut spaces up 3/4 of the way. Slide into a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 17-20 minutes. I found mine to be perfect at the 17 minute mark, but {say it with me} every ones oven is different… thanks.


Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Wait for the pan to cool down significantly before re-greasing and adding more batter. Or just buy two pans instead of one.


Let doughnuts cool completely while you make the cream cheese glaze. Oh yeeeeeeeeeeah… glaze baby!

You didn’t think I was going to leave them naked did you?

Then whisk and combine the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar and vanilla.

Next, stir while gradually adding in the whole milk until you reach a consistency that you like. 

Then roughly chop up some walnuts.

Next, dip the doughnut into the glaze.

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And then repeat.

Lastly, sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

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These Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts are like banana bread, meets muffin, meets doughnut! So delicious!

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I had all the intentions of saving these for my daughter’s breakfast. But my bff stopped by with Starbucks and before you know it four were gone. Poof. It was scary.

Enjoy! And if you give these Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts
Yield: one dozen

Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts

Wholesome Banana Walnut Breakfast Doughnuts delicious! If made in advance, these are a delicious breakfast for busy mornings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGHNUTS:

  • butter or coconut oil, for greasing pan{s}
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325° and grease your doughnut pan with coconut oil or butter.
  2. In a large bowl; add the light brown sugar and sift in the flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, roughly mash up the two bananas leaving them pretty chunky. Add in the applesauce, egg and vanilla. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared doughnut pan and fill up 3/4 of the way. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 17-20 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the pan and the doughnuts bounce back when gently pressed. {I'd stick closer to the 17 minute mark.}
  5. While the doughnuts cool. Chop up the walnuts. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla, stir. Pour in whole milk while whisking until desired consistency. Dunk doughnuts into glaze and set on a wire rack. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and serve!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 doughnut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 192mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 17g Protein: 3g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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