Baked Chocolate Donuts

5 May

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
sprinkles (optional)

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.



8 Responses to “Baked Chocolate Donuts”

  1. Mom May 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    Not fair, since I’m not there to try one. They do look delicious.

  2. Richard Newton May 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM #

    I could totally get into baking donuts. I’ll have to look into this more. What a great idea!

    • asharperfocus May 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

      They are pretty easy and I’ve found lots of different flavor ideas. I have some more saved on my ‘Breakfast’ Pinterest board. I love your new blog by the way!

      • Richard Newton May 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

        Thanks. This is a dumb question, but are most donuts (Krispy Kreme, Shipley’s, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) fried? Are cake donuts the only ones baked or are there different kinds? I’ll check out your Pinterest board.

      • asharperfocus May 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM #

        Most donuts you get from a donut store are fried. The traditional ones are made from a yeast dough, and the ‘cake’ ones are made from a cake like dough that is also fried. Yummy friend bread goodness…

  3. Lauren May 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    Your doughnut just looks ideal. Did they all turn out that adorable?

    • asharperfocus May 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM #

      Thanks Lauren! They did end up turning out pretty cute. They we’re easy to ice since I just dipped them into the chocolate and then add sprinkles.


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