Best Ever Baked Banana Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Calling all banana lovers! These easy baked banana bread donuts combine the flavors of a sweet banana bread with a semi-sweet chocolate glaze, and are the perfect snack or dessert!

Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

What do you do when there are overripe bananas in your kitchen? Make baked banana donuts of course! This is one of my son’s favorite things to make. He absolutely loves anything to do with bananas, he loves donuts, and he loves dipping things in chocolate. So pretty much, this is his dream recipe. 

And it’s a pretty dreamy recipe, even if you’re not 2 and banana-obsessed. The donut base is sweet and moist. It’s good enough to stand on its own without the glaze. 

However, the glaze really does take this to another level. It’s a semi-sweet taste, and the flavor compliments the sweet banana of the base perfectly. It tastes pretty good off of a spoon, too. Not that I’ve been sitting around eating chocolate glaze by the spoonful. No siree! And I’m certainly not suggesting that you should try it, either!


This banana donuts recipe is made from very simple ingredients, most of which are probably sitting in your pantry right now!

For the Banana Donuts

Banana Donuts Ingredients
  • Butter: The base of these donuts is butter and sugar, which should tell you everything you need to know. Margarine works as a substitute for the butter in this recipe. It makes a very minor difference in the texture, but that’s it!
  • White Sugar: Where would baked donuts be without the sugar?. If you want a more dense donut base with deeper flavor, you can sub half the white sugar for light brown sugar. Personally, I love the lightness of the flavor the granulated sugar gives. 
  • Over-Ripe Bananas: You want your bananas very ripe. Overripe bananas have a ton of concentrated flavor, so super ripe bananas are what you want to use to create your best baked bananadonuts. You can even add an extra banana if you want to increase the banana flavor.
  • Milk: You can use any milk you’d like. I’ve tested this recipe with whole milk, 2%, and skim. I didn’t notice a whole lot of difference between the 2% and skim. The whole milk definitely made for a richer dessert.
  • Lemon Juice: This keeps your donuts from getting too brown. They stay a light and lovely yellow!
  • Flour: This recipe uses all-purpose flour. I’ve never tested any other kind so I can’t speak to how your donuts might turn out, but if you try something leave a comment and tell us how it went. 
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: The combination of both of these is the secret to that gorgeous crumb!
  • Salt: This brings out the flavors of the banana.

For the Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients
  • Powdered Sugar: This is the base of that chocolate ganache glaze. I do not recommend subbing powdered sugar for any other kind of sugar. Your glaze will not have the correct texture, and it will not set up.
  • Light Corn Syrup: If you don’t care about having a set-up glaze, you can leave this ingredient out. The corn syrup allows the glaze to “dry” so that you can stack the donuts, or eat them, without getting gooey glaze everywhere. 
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use either dutched or natural cocoa powder. For a different flavor, consider using Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa. That deep dark chocolate flavor is to die for!
  • Vanilla Extract: This brings out the chocolatiness of the cocoa powder. You can sub this for almond extract, butter flavoring, or even espresso!


Step 1 | Wet Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine your butter, sugar, bananas, milk, and lemon juice. Beat them until they are well combined. 

Step 2 | Dry Ingredients

Now, add the dry ingredients to your banana mixture and mix them until you have something that looks like banana bread batter. This is your donut batter. 

Donut Batter

​Step 3 | Into the Pan

Before you start putting that delicious batter into the pan, you need to prep it — don’t skip this step, or you might end up with a banana bread mess. Using cooking spray, butter, or Crisco, grease each groove in your donut pan. Then, flour the entire pan so that nothing, and I mean nothing, is going to stick!

Once your pan is prepped, you can spoon the batter into the donut mold. You can also use a pastry bag, piping bag, or a ziploc bag with the corner cut off to pipe the batter into the donut form. Don’t overfill the pan — try to get your batter level with the bit that sticks up in the center. 

Donuts in the Pan

Step 4 | Bake

Pop that donut pan into the oven and bake these for 10-12 minutes at 350°. You can tell when these are done when the tops of the donuts spring back when you touch them.

Remove them from the oven, loosen the edges with a knife, then turn the pan upside down and tap to remove the donuts from the pan. Let the donuts cool on a cooling rack for 15-20 minutes before you glaze them.

Cooling the donuts

Step 5 | The Glaze

While your donuts are cooling, you can make your glaze. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze except for the water. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time until you get a somewhat thick glaze. Depending on the dryness of your weather, you may need to add up to 6 tbsps of water to get the right consistency. 

Dipping donuts

Step 6 | Put It All Together and Enjoy!

Dip the donuts in the glaze, then top with chopped nuts or sprinkles if you’d like. You can eat your homemade donuts immediately, or wait for the glaze to set up, which takes about 30 minutes. 

Drying the glaze

Did you know?


This banana donut recipe makes the perfect base for experiementation and variation. Here’s a few things we’ve tried and loved!

  • Cinnamon Sugar Banana Donuts: Instead of making the chocolate glaze, brush melted butter on the donuts, then sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar for a simple sweet treat.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Donuts: Make this peanut butter glaze and dip your donuts in it. It’s a perfect compliment to the banana flavor!
  • Pumpkin Donuts: Mashed bananas and canned pumpkin work very similarly in recipes and can often be subbed for each other. In this case, you can sub the bananas for 1 cup of pumpkin purée. Top it with a brown butter glaze for a delicious fall dessert. 
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Donuts: Simply add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the battter. Mini chocolate chips are easier to work with as you try to spoon or pipe the batter into the donut pan. You can glaze them, or choose not to. Either way, you’ve still got a ton of chocolate flavor!


Can I make these donuts without a donut pan?

While a donut pan is ideal for achieving the classic donut shape, you can still make these as muffins or mini loaves using a muffin tin or mini loaf pan. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

How do I store these banana bread donuts?

Store the cooled donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. If you’re not consuming them within that time frame, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I make the batter ahead of time and bake the donuts later?

Yes, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, simply fill the donut molds and bake according to the recipe instructions, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.

Can I freeze these donuts for later?

Yes, you can freeze these donuts for later enjoyment. Before you glaze them, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. They should keep well in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before glazing.

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Baked Banana Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

A sweet banana donut topped with decadent chocolate glaze!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 208kcal
Cost $8.00


Donuts Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 overripe bananas
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1-3 Tbsp water


Making the Donuts

  • Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, bananas, milk, and lemon juice.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix.
  • Place batter in Ziploc bag. Cut off a corner and pipe into greased donut pan.
  • Bake at 350&deg for 10-12 minutes.

Making the Chocolate Glaze

  • Mix together all ingredients except water.
  • Add water by tablespoons until glaze reaches desired consistency.
  • Dip donuts into glaze and allow glaze to set.
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Serving: 1donut | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g
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