I love to bake healthy treats to share with my kids and these Baked Mint Chocolate Donuts are a seasonal treat we’re loving right now! They are lower in added sugar than any frosted donut you’d buy at the store but taste so darn good. Plus: They’re so easy to make!
This post is sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
Baked Mint Chocolate Donuts
These baked donuts have protein from eggs and nut butter, sweetness from applesauce and maple syrup, and chocolatey goodness from cocoa powder and chocolate chips. They’re also naturally gluten-free and easy to make nut-free, so they’re great for kids with allergies too. To create this holiday recipe, I partnered with Nellie’s Free Range Eggs because I love that their eggs are high quality and packed with nourishment.
They also work with family farmers to produce quality, Certified Humane free-range eggs—which is important to me since I try to buy from brands that support hard working families and make sustainable farming viable.
Find the FULL RECIPE HERE.
Ingredients in Baked Chocolate Donuts
To make these baked donuts you’ll need:
- Creamy unsweetened nut butter
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Nellie Free Range Eggs
- Maple syrup
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips
- Ground flaxseed
- Baking powder
TIP: I like using peanut butter in this recipe, though you can make them nut-free by using sunflower seed butter.
How to Make Baked Chocolate Donuts Step-by-Step
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so easy to stir together. Here’s a look at the process:
- Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and stir together.
- Divide among a donut pan.
- Let cool.
- Stir together the icing.
- Dip donuts and place on wire rack. Add crushed candy canes.
TIP: You can also bake these as mini muffins for the same amount of time.
Easy Mint Icing
I didn’t want to overdo it with the mint flavor, so adding just a sprinkle of crushed candy canes on top of each donut adds the perfect amount of holiday flavor! You’ll just need 3 simple ingredients to make the icing—and the crushed candy canes of course.
TIP: My kids had SO much fun crushing the candy canes for me. Put them, unwrapped, into a zip top storage bag and let them have at it with a measuring cup or play hammer.
Tips for Making the Best Baked Chocolate Donuts
- Be sure to grease your donut pan well, including the centers.
- Let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then use a paring knife to transfer to a wire rack.
- These donuts are a little delicate when warm, though they firm up when cooled to room temperature.
- You can store the donuts for 3-5 days unfrosted in an airtight container in the fridge. (They are fine to store frosted, though the icing and candy canes are both more pronounced when done right before serving.)
- Know that if you use sunflower seed butter, there will be a hint of the flavor of sunflower seed butter
Find the FULL RECIPE HERE.
Thanks so much to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this post!