Banana Oatmeal Donuts
There are way too many good things to eat around Austin. I think most people go on runs just for the sole purpose of maintaining their weight so that they don't keel over from eating so much. Actually the food in this town is one of the main reasons we moved here. Did I pick a city based on the reason that I can still get a really good bowl or ramen or a hot and fresh donut whenever I want? Um, yes... I have to say yea I did. When you're used to the caliber of food that you can get in NYC, it's hard to move to a place where there's nothing to eat. And for those of you who follow me on instagram, you can see we literally travel for food. So when we delved into the wild world of Austin food life, it further motivated our move to this awesome city. That being said, we've been eating our way through the town- from the 6 lbs of meat my husband ordered at Salt Lick, to Pastrami and Wagyu brisket from Mum foods (omg, that one deserves a post of its own) I needed a bit of a detox. So when I found these Texas grown oats at our local HEB, I knew I needed to make something with them. Hence, Banana Oatmeal Donuts were born. All the flavor of a banana cake but with the healthy kick of oatmeal!
As many of you know I'm always looking to make healthy treats for my kids that are low in sugar. This has proven to be pretty hard. Maybe It's my paranoia but after a year of blood tests of dietary changes for my son's elevated A1C levels, I find it hard to let him eat any sugar or carbs. It sounds sad, but we watched his diet like a hawk for so long, I forgot how to let go and let him have a treat. So when I can find or come up with recipes that use little sugar, I breath a sigh of relief. And the best part of this recipe is that it includes chocolate frosting!
This frosting is made with cocoa powder, milk and only 3 tablespoons of sugar. A far cry from the 2-4 cups you normally see in frosting. So this I can feel good about giving my kids. It's just sweet enough without being cloying. Though it cocoa powder does it it a slight bitter taste. My kids didn't mind but you can always add more sugar if you desire. The donuts are soft, moist and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The frosting is slightly sweet and chocolatey. These are great as an afternoon snack or even for breakfast. Oatmeal makes it breakfast essentially right? Let me know your thoughts and follow me on instagram for more recipes, stories and pics from my eats around town!
Banana Oatmeal Donuts
Yields 12 mini donuts
Adapted from Amy's Healthy Baking
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Oat Flour ( you can place 1 cup of Rolled oats in a food processor and pulse into a fine flour)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 cup mashed banana (I used 2 large bananas)
- 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
for the glaze
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp Buttermilk
- 1 Tbsp Whole Milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a mini donut pan with nonstick pray.
- For the donuts whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Mix in the mashed banana.
- Pour the buttermilk mixture into your dry ingredients and gently fold together.
- Transfer the batter to a large zip-topped plastic bag or piping bag. Cut off one corner and pipe the batter into the prepared donut cups.
- Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are light brown and tops bounce back. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To prepare the glaze, whisk together the cocoa powder, milks, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Dip each donut into the glaze, and place back onto the wire racks or a plate to allow the glaze set.