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Healthy Glazed Doughnuts

Dear Sprinkles,

So happy you liked the Cake-Batter Doughnuts!

I didn’t wanna overwhelm you all with too much info yesterday… especially with your brains being on a sprinkle high and all. Therefore, I saved my icing ideas for a separate post. Starting with a new recipe:


It’s a healthy glazed doughnut!
With g-lazy glaze. Emphasis on the lazy.


G-lazy Glaze
(Completely free of added sugar!)

  • 2 tbsp mashed banana (30g)
  • 2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil (Read below for fat-free options)

Combine the two ingredients, and melt. (I used a microwave for 14 seconds.) Then stir stir stir… keep stirring for at least a minute, until the watery mess turns thick and paste-y like frosting.

Then spread on the tops of your Healthy Cake Doughnuts.

This makes enough to glaze all six doughnuts… providing you don’t eat half the recipe off the spoon as you ice! You can eat immediately, or stick doughnuts in the fridge if you want glaze to harden. For those of you watching your fat intakes: You can, of course, omit the coconut oil and simply slather some melted banana on your doughnuts! Or maybe replace some or all of the oil with milk? Or, here are some other frosting ideas:


Why not join the dark side, with Chocolate-Fudge Frosting?

This recipe is also sugar-free.


Other frosting ideas:

1. Cheesecake Mousse
2. cinnamon-sugar or powdered sugar
3. Peanut Butter Frosting
4. coconut butter, melted chocolate, pb, jelly, etc.
5. Banana Butter

Or you can use a simple sugar glaze: whip powdered sugar with a little milk and vanilla extract. And, of course, you can always top your doughnut with sprinkles ;).

How would you frost your healthy doughnuts?

As I mentioned yesterday, you can also use Vanilla-Fudge Frosting.

Published on May 4, 2011

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  1. McKella says

    Those look SO good. I think I’d frost mine with the chocolate fudge, or straight-up coconut butter. Can’t go wrong with chocolate and coconut.

  2. Cait @ Beyond Bananas says

    Katie – these doughnut recipes you have been giving us are the jam! I am loving every single one and seriously considering purchasing a doughnut pan.. even though I can make them without!

  3. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says


    AND…. I love doughnuts…..

    p.s.. SERIOUSLY loving the doughnut theme going on!.. wait can it be spelled donut too?… I usually do ‘donut’ cuz the other spelling takes more time to type out… lazy much?

  4. VEGirl says

    I would frost my donuts with nut butter. Then I would add cocoa powder to peanut butter and spread that on— ahhh, nuff said.

  5. Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) says

    My mom’s birthday is next week and my dad always picks up donuts for breakfast birthdays. Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if I could make homemade ones?!

    I just don’t think they’d turn out well without a donut pan! I could probably put the batter in a ziploc, cut a hole in the corner and pipe a donut shape, maybe I’ll try that!

  6. kspar66 says

    Wow, katie, epic! so cool that you’ve added donuts to your repertoire. They look so delish and I love the simplicity of the glaze! I like the idea of crusty glaze so i’ll def be putting mine in the fridge. I’ll use a flax egg and let you know how it is!
    I probably won’t get to make them until next week when i am free as a bird after my finals!! hope your schoolyear wraps up well..maybe you should bring your professors some donuts! It would be fun to put these in a box w/ parchment paper and bring them somewhere, you know like how business people pick up a dozen donuts for the office or whatever? And be like surprise! vegan and healthy, yayyayayay!
    xoxoxo katy

  7. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I’d probably use PB, melted chocolate or mashed banana (no icky coconut in there though) 🙂

  8. Chad says

    A healthy glazed donut? You are a genius. We should replace the statue of liberty with a giant statue of you holding up one of these donuts. That’s how awesome it is.

  9. Stephanie says

    Your G-lazy Glaze looked a little bit like apple sauce when I first saw it. Btw, if you haven’t tried it yet, warm apple sauce with cinnamon = the on pancakes. Once I get my donut pan, which will hopefully be soon, I’m going to make these bad boys. They look too good (er, bad? Hah) to resist!

  10. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) says

    I normally don’t go for anything on my donuts, however, I made apple danishes today that I put a little powder sugar glaze on some and a little figgy peanut butter on the others. I love the idea of the banana and coconut butter!

  11. Nikita says

    I have yet to try a healthy donut recipe but these are super tempting! I don’t have a donut pan so I guess I’m just imagining a huge mess… But that’s part of the fun, right?

  12. kate says

    I have never been a doughnut fan because they are usually greasy and sugary but these look cakey and amazing and that frosting is genius!! Love your recipes 🙂

  13. Vicki says

    Wowww, they look delicious! The healthy glaze sounds amazing.

    I was wondering though, do you blur your photos instead of using aperture?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hey Vicki!
      I sometimes do use the aperture priority… but sadly I don’t seem to be very good at teaching myself photography. I’ve heard that a good photograph is one where you don’t need to edit it much at all, and this isn’t the case with my photos. I ALWAYS have to fix the tone, color balance, and sharpness. I’d really like to find a real photographer (or someone who knows what he/she is doing!) to give me some pointers in the right direction!
      (Sorry to ramble! In short: I sometimes get that blurred look with the camera, alone. But usually, it’s thanks to photoshop, which is the case in these two photos today.)

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    I would frost them with cream cheese, butter, powered sugar and a cream based glaze. That would take the healthy right out, huh 🙂

    Seriously love the sugar free recipes and healthy factor…I just, well, love my sugar. haha!

  15. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit says

    i can’t even get over the brilliance of these recipes you come up with! i want to try them ALL!

  16. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    Ahhh sounds so good! I love the idea of mixing the banana with the oil:) Perhaps it would work well with coconut butter? Coconut butter has a frosting texture in and of itself!

  17. vivoir says

    Katie I thought of you earlier! I was in a shop that sold fudge and they did lemon meringue fudge and raspberry torte fudge (with freeze dried raspberries in it!)

    One for you to try?!! Ahem… major hinting at a recipe creation there 😉

    Plus, bananas and coconut… oh do I sense a little bit of heaven!!

  18. Beth @ naturallyyoursbeth says

    I think I’m gong to try the glaze with milk! Hopefully it will turn out. Also, I’m definitely going to be trying that cheesecake mousse..yummy!

  19. Tara says

    I love glazed donuts! I just need to get my hands on a donut pan. It’s on my wishlist!
    I would top mine with the glaze or frosting and then cover it in shredded coconut. Yum!

  20. BroccoliHut says

    Do you think the glaze would work with coconut butter instead of coconut oil?? I’m always looking for excuses to eat more coconut butter:)

  21. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    My absolute favorite donuts are the double chocolate cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts which I haven’t had in yeaarsss!

  22. Dalai Lina says

    Is there anything wrong with eating the chocolate fudge frosting with a spoon? Screw the donut.

  23. kaila @ healthy helper! says

    As if healthy donuts weren’t enough! Now you’re giving us healthy glaze!?! Katie! You’ve out done yourself! Now if only I could find a donut pan…..

  24. The Teenage Taste says

    OK I need to hop on this homemade donut bandwagon…fast! I think I might try the muffin/donut hole version, because I don’t have a donut pan…yet. Thanks for the recipe, Katie!

  25. Clair says

    Ohh…thank you thank you for the glaze recipe! I’ve been wondering how I can recreate that fantastic texture and look without added sugar. Can’t wait to try it.

  26. Kristie says

    I’m SO excited that you’re cranking out healthy donuts. I’ve never been the biggest lover of TRADITIONAL donuts… but healthified ones I can definitely do with. And your idea of a banana-based glaze is deeeeelectable. I can’t wait to try these!

  27. Megan says

    I think a dark chocolate donut would be fabulous…perhaps with some sort of raspberry frosting. Do you think it is possible to make a vegan ganache?

  28. Katherine: Unemployed says

    omg have you ever watched the glaze at a doughnut factory? the wall of sugar. this looks less nauseating

  29. Karen says

    I have made some doughnuts from Mama Pea’s site and when I saw your cheesecake mousse I started thinking about the possibility of filling the doughnuts – it would probably work to pipe 1/2 the doughnut, pipe a little bit of filling then the other 1/2 of filling on top. Or perhaps to just sprinkle something in the middle like chocolate pieces or something???

  30. Simona says

    Just made your coconut-banana glaze for some blueberry pancakes and my husband loved them. So delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  31. Queen Mommy says

    This is really good! I was worried the banana might be overpowering, but the coconut-banana together was deliciously pleasant.

  32. Sandy says

    Hi, I was wondering about a substitution for tofu in your “favorite” pie recipe? I can’t eat soy and was trying to think what might mimic the texture and firmness of the tofu? I’d appreciate any feedback, thanks so much! Keep up your wonderful blog, it’s good to know I can still eat things that make me happy while watching my health improve 🙂


  33. Christine says

    This glaze did not work for me at all 🙁 I kept stirring and stirring, and the bananas would just not un-lump. I even through it into my chopper to try to blend it out, with no luck. Had to pour it down the dream. And a jar of unrefined coconut oil was $12 for me! What a shame.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      It sounds like you did something wrong. If you put a banana in a blender, there’s no way it won’t pulverize. Of course it will blend! Unless you got a really BAD banana!

  34. Carolee says

    I bought a doughnut silicone bakeware that I love! I got it off amazon & the doughnuts just pop out. AND, I just roll it up for easier storage. I feel it’s a bit healthier than the Teflon coated, but I love the ease of storage!! (I also have the mini-muffins, cake, loaf, brownie, etc.).

  35. Abella says

    Hi! I absolutely LOVE your recipes, but there’s just one problem- I hate (emphasis on hate) bananas (I know, I know- I’m crazy). I really want to make this, but is there any way to substitute the bananas? Or do you not taste the bananas?

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