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Healthy Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 22
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Light, yet decadent baked chocolate donuts with a peanut butter glaze that are quick & easy to make and naturally gluten free and vegan, with a Paleo option! Tastes like a Reese’s cup in donut form, only lighter!



Baked Chocolate Donuts:

  • 1 cup cassava flour, or 1-to-1 baking flour or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil, melted

Peanut Butter Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan butter, or coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Optional: chopped chocolate chips for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a donut pan with olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Add in the applesauce, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and oil, and mix until completely clump-free.
  4. Either spoon the batter into the donut pan or place the batter into a ziplock bag, close it, and cut a corner off to pipe the batter into the pan. You’ll have to do 2 batches if you only have one 6-donut pan, so just keep that in mind!
  5. Place the donuts into the oven to bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  6. Remove from the oven to let cool, and repeat steps 4 and 5 until all batter is used.
  7. Let cool completely before glazing.
  8. When ready to glaze, combine the peanut butter, melted vegan butter or oil, and maple syrup in a small bowl. 
  9. Dip the top side of one donut into the peanut butter and place onto a plate or drip rack. Repeat for the remaining donuts.
  10. Top with chocolate chips if desired, and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 donut with peanut butter glaze

Keywords: chocolate donuts, baked donuts, paleo donuts, gluten free donuts, vegan donuts