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Dessert Loaves and Doughnuts

A tale of two baking pans…

I discovered that if you cook the Single-Lady Cupcake in a mini-loaf pan, you can transform a cupcake into a dessert loaf… for one, of course!


Yay! It’s a true Banana Bread for One.

(Not that banana bread for more than one is ever a bad thing…)


My other favorite use for the mini-loaf pan would be for cooking baked oatmeal cakes.


Such as the above Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Cake.

To summarize? If you can get your hands on a mini loaf pan, you should do it! (They’re not expensive; I think mine was all of five dollars at the grocery store.)

Now, for Pan #2


A doughnut pan!! *Super excited face* So now the burning (well, hopefully not burning!) question is…

What flavor doughnut should I make first?

At the moment, I’m leaning towards this flavor.
Oh yes, I’m going there!

Published on April 28, 2011

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  1. Kara says

    You look so pretty in that pic with the doughnut pan! 🙂
    And I wanna see some chocolate fudge doughnuts! Or pumpkin pie, but maybe not now that it’s warm weather. It’d be outta place.

  2. Lisa Fine says

    Chocolate, of course! (Maybe with a chocolate glaze to top it off.)

    When you eat your baked oatmeals, do you top them with anything, like nut butter or fruit?

  3. Susan says

    I’m new to your blog. But I have to just say…I love it!! I have an incurable sweet tooth, which I constantly struggle to incorporate into my fitness-focused lifestyle. I find if I ignore it, then things get ugly. So I’m constantly looking for interesting, health-as-possible options to keep me happy. Your blog is full of them! And I love the ‘single serving’ approach you take in many of your recipes. Having too many sweets hanging around my house is not good. So single servings are perfect. Keep up the great work!

  4. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    I absolutely adore your creativity in the kitchen! I’m quite creative as well…but my ideas rarely “pan out” (no pun intended). Yours on the other hand are brilliant. Anyway, as for doughnut flavor…hmmmm, what about like peanut butter, honey and banana? You could make an Elvis doughnut! I need to get a mini loaf pan ASAP because a) I’m single and b) I always eat the whole batch 😉

  5. karla says

    I second the cinnamon idea! I used to LOVE cinnamon sugar donuts. (I’ve been able to control myself recently ;-). Were you planning on a raised or more of a cake donut?

    ooh, you could also try a banana bread donut! o.O Good luck, can’t wait to read about it. 🙂

  6. Kim says

    Hahaha, donuts with sprinkles on the inside? I find that funny:P Go for it. Honestly my absolute favourite flavour of donut is the one called “old-fashioned” at Timmy’s that has just a hint of nutmeg. But then I’m crazy about nutmeg so I’m biased.

    I’m excited to see what comes out of this experiment!

  7. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    AHHHHH! I want a donut pan so badly!!! It looks like fun 🙂 Since you are chocolate covered Kate, you should totally make a chocolate covered donut. Just sayin’ 😛

  8. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Honestly I just love cinnamon donuts so I’d love to see you make that flavor. But cake batter is a good option too!

  9. Kate says

    I love mini-loaf pans so much! My favourite donuts ever were the glazed ones with chocolate frosting and sprinkles of course.

    Did you know the Dalai Lama is coming to Dallas (SMU)? I think that would be so much fun!

  10. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    SO JEALOUS!! I’d love to have a mini loaf or donut pan, or just look like a model when I’m holding one *cough KATIE cough*! 🙂

    OOOOH yes cake batter flavour would be AMAZING!! Or cookie dough!! Or PB chocolate!! I could go on forever here! 😛

  11. Emily says

    Chocolate glazed donuts! The ones from Dunkin Donuts were my favorite as a kid and I haven’t had one in yeeears. I’d totally make a veganized version.

  12. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    I think a cinnamon raisin donut with a healthy ‘icing’ on top would be AMAZING! I think I might just go purchase a donut pan and make some healthy donuts myself once I see your amazing recipes. You are so amazing with your ability to take something that is normally fattening and contains bad ingredients and turn it into a delectable healthy treat! Thank you so much for that 🙂

  13. Jess says

    awesome! just saw a donut pan the other day; i’m all for cake batter, or chocolate. i like cream filled ones too, but it’s hard to fill if they have holes lol.

  14. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says

    I love single-serving bakeware! So cute.

    Strawberry donut with chocolate frosting sounds good right now.

  15. McKayla (Green Groats) says

    I bet you will make the best donuts ever! I wish I could try one. Cake batter sounds like a good first attempt! Chocolate almond or chocolate PB would probably be at the top of my list, but I’m sure you’ll make them with chocolate soon enough…

  16. bitt of raw says

    Yum, donuts! I have a pan too but haven’t made any more since my first recipe failed. Mama pea had a vanilla one with coated chocolate. That looked amazing. And this weekend I had a GF vegan carrot cake donut with glaze–outstanding. But you might be sick of carrot cake.

  17. Emma says

    I love all the single serving recipes! Being a single girl myself in a house where non of use are big eaters they are so handy!
    I think you should defiantly make a coconut donut!

  18. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    I’m excited for you too!! I’ve always wanted a donut pan! Where did you get it? And you should definitely go with the cake batter flavor! 😀

    So last night, I just couldn’t resist the temptation to make your cookies! I figured I needed a brain break anyway, right? 😉 So when I came home from school today, I noticed there were quite a few missing cookies. My dad came into the kitchen and asked if the cookies were the ones I made last night. I told him they were and then he said, “THOSE. ARE. GOOD.” He honestly sounded like the cookies were the best thing he had ever eaten (and that’s quite the complement coming from my dad). He then went on to tell me that I was extremely lucky that there were any left and kept on asking, “Those are healthy?!” He then requested another batch, and I immediately obliged. There’s no way I’m turning down the opportunity to make another batch of amazing cookies! 🙂 (And my mom and I were practically fighting over the last few cookies 😉 ) Thank you SO MUCH for the incredible recipe!!

    <3 <3

  19. Emma says

    I love my donut pan! I made some summer berry donuts on my blog a while back. Only last week I made vegan bannoffi donuts and raw carrot cake donuts 🙂 So good!

  20. Emily says

    we got a large and small donut pan and have been having a GREAT time with them. i’m surprised that chocolate isn’t involved in the plans. 😉

  21. Beth @ naturallyyoursbeth says

    Ooo a pumpkin maple donut of some sort would be delish! With some kind of yummy glaze 🙂

  22. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    I love my doughnut pan!!! You could make chocolate PB ones..or strawberry shortcake doughnuts! yum!

  23. Reka says

    I’ve been really wanting to buy a donut maker for a while now, but can’t find one in the stores and Amazon seems a bit expensive. Can I ask where you got yours from?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oddly enough, I found it at the local grocery store (Tom Thumb)! And it was only like $12! I’ve also heard that some Target stores carry them. Bed, Bath, and Beyond didn’t, but they do have it online (I don’t know… maybe if you order it directly in the store, shipping is free? I know some stores have that policy.)

  24. BroccoliHut says

    SO jealous of your doughnut pan–I can’t find one anywhere!
    I think you should make a good old fashioned jelly doughnut:)

  25. kaila @ healthyhelper blog! says

    Aww those mini loafs are soo cute! Love them!

    As for donut flavors I would go for pumkin spice or chocolate with coconut “snow” on top! YUMMMMMMM!

  26. Tara says

    I love my mini loaf pans! I talked about them incessantly and my mom finally got them for me for my birthday. On my wishlist is the donut pan and a jumbo muffin pan!
    I would love to see a strawberry frosted donut! That reminds me of my childhood! Also I used to enjoy toasted coconut, which had vanilla frosting and then toasted coconut instead of sprinkles. I bet if you spread coconut butter over top of one and then topped that with toasted coconut it would be so good!

  27. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says

    Donuts…basic flavor but go crazy with the frosting and toppings, that would be my vote 🙂

    Cute donut pan!

    Have been seeing donuts and donut pans all over lately. The new blogger trend..I need to hop on I think 🙂

  28. Parita @ myinnershakti says

    Katie, I just wanted to tell you that you are a genius! I made your Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal this morning, and I am in LOVE! I don’t have a mini loaf pan so I made muffins, but they turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing such great recipes with the rest of us!!! Have a great day!

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