If you know me well, you probably know I love donuts. This past weekend Sean and I went to go see The 5 Year Engagement, which was entertaining and a good laugh, and part of the story has to do with people eating old donuts instead of waiting for new ones to arrive and what this says about their emotional well-being. Anytime this plot point came up all I could think was I would probably eat both, especially if they were Dunkin Donuts with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Just saying.
I try not to eat donuts too often, being that they’re not the most healthy of foods, but a little while ago I got a donut baking pan and I came up with this baked chocolate donut recipe. It’s still not the most healthy of foods, but they’re baked and not fried, so that’s a plus. They are also easy to make and taste delicious, so give them a try. I’m sure mom would like them for Mother’s Day!
Baked Chocolate Donuts
Adapted from Camille Styles
Makes 12 Donuts
For the Donuts
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup and 2 tablespoons milk ( I used almond milk)
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup melted semi sweet chocolate chips
For the Icing
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup coconut milk
To make the donuts, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease your donut pans.
In a bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl mix together the milk, olive oil, applesauce, vanilla and melted chocolate until well combined.
Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Spoon the batter into the donut pans. Bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before cooling on wire racks.
For the icing, place the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 25 seconds and then stir. Continue to heat the mixture in 10 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. You can also do this over a double boiler. Dip each cooled donut into the icing and let set on a wire rack. Add sprinkles while the icing is still wet if desired.