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Banana Bread Doughnuts

Cakey baked doughnuts made of banana bread batter and dipped in a brown butter frosting and topped with chopped walnuts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time:10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 9 doughnuts


For the banana bread doughnuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

For the brown butter frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cream or milk
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts


To make banana bread doughnuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 doughnut pans. Make sure all part of the mold is greased but don't let the grease pool at the bottom. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt together until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, mashed bananas, and melted butter until combined. Add to flour mixture and fold together just until combined. Do not overmix or the doughnuts will be tough.
  • Spoon mixture into prepare doughnut pans until almost full, but not filled past the top. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into doughnut. Let them cool in pan for 5 minutes and then gently remove them from molds and place on cooling racks. I find a spoon helps to remove the doughnuts gently. Let them cool completely before glazing.

To glaze the doughnuts:

  • Place butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Melt butter and then let it cook a little longer to brown the butter. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of cream to thin out the mixture into a frosting. If it's too thick, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. The mixture should be thick so it doesn't drip down the doughnut.
  • Dip cooled doughnut into frosting. I find that the doughnuts look best when glazing the smooth side. Top with chopped walnuts. Repeat with rest of the doughnuts. Let them set for a few minutes or serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Kitchen 335