I woke up this morning with a major hankering for a donut.
Mind you, this rarely happens. Donuts aren't really my thing (I much prefer pancakes for breakfast), but they're pretty much Matt's favorite, so when this craving hits I better get to baking. His absolute favorite is a glazed chocolate, but those don't tend to be the healthiest option. So instead, we have my version: baked banana donuts with a dairy-free chocolate glaze. Topped with toasted almonds and coconut of course.
If you're a fan of baked donuts like we are, these are pure perfection. They're light, fluffy and tender with a delicate cake texture and a subtle banana flavor. And bonus they're made in a blender!
Not just any blender though. These are made in my new BlendTec Designer 725 blender. Now if you've followed SQ for a while then you know that I've been a longtime BlendTec fan. I've had one for almost three years, so when BlendTec asked me to try their Designer blender, and share it with you, I jumped at the chance.
And let me tell you, this blender is amazing! I'm seriously so excited for you to try it.
It has 6 programmable settings – with just one push of a button the blender will make you a smoothie, a juice, a dip, a batter, a salsa or even a hot soup. It blends everything until completely smooth and I mean really smooth. No ice chunks, no leftover frozen fruit, no chunks of veggies, only perfectly creamy. Plus, it's touch screen and gives you these cute little messages when you're blending. It's pretty much the best thing ever.
I've shared blender pancakes before, but these donuts, which are made solely in the blender, are to die for.
Unlike other gluten-free donuts, these babies have very little sugar (only two tablespoons of maple syrup!), almost no oil AND they don't have any xathan or guar gum. The base is a simple blend of almond flour and quinoa flour. The almond flour makes these donuts extra light and the banana gives them the extra sweetness without added sugar. The donuts are moist and soft, and when they're dunked in this dairy-free chocolate glaze? Oh they are amazing!
You are just going to love them!
Now before we get into the recipe, I have to tell you about something AMAZING!
BlendTec is giving away one of their Designer 725 blenders to one of you!!! That's right, by entering the giveaway below, you will have the chance to take one of these amazing machines home with you. Just enter your info in the widget below – the giveaway will be open for a week and winners will be chosen next Saturday.
Good luck!! xo Alyssa
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Gluten-Free Banana Donuts
for the donuts:
for the optional toppings:
- Shredded coconut
- Slivered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a donut pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Into the blender, add the wet ingredients as well as the banana. Blend on low until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients and blend using the Salsa/Dip setting on your BlendTec Designer 725 blender until completely smooth. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes before baking.
- Fill the donut rounds 2/3 of the way full. Bake on the center rack for 10 - 11 minutes until a toothpick inserted into one of the donuts comes out clean.
- Turn out donuts onto a wire rack and cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
- While cooling, prepare the glaze by melting the chocolate chips with the coconut oil. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Dunk the donuts into the glaze, letting the extra drip off and then roll them into your desired toppings.
- Cool completely before enjoying.
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a pic and share it on Instagram using #SIMPLYQUINOA – I want to see your own quinoa creations!