Banana Donuts w/ Peanut Butter Frosting

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Are you sitting down? Good. So, I baked these banana doughnuts to share with you. That’s right, baked. I spared a few calories by baking the doughnuts but don’t worry I made up for it on the back end.  Peanut butter frosting sounds pretty amazing right? What could possibly make it better?

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Cue the flashing lights, throw confetti in the air, hug the person next to you because Browned Butter has made its way into this peanut butter frosting. Check out those browned butter bits! That’s totally not vanilla bean, it’s butter!

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

A banana bread like doughnut gets glazed with a sweet/savory peanut butter & browned butter frosting. Watch out, you’re getting drool on your keyboard!

And we’re off!

Get your ingredients together.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Dry ingredients in a bowl.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Prep your wet ingredients & spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Dry meets wet! Stir stir stir.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Fill up your pan with batter. Off to the oven it goes.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Let’s make some browned butter! As if peanut butter frosting wasn’t enough…

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Hello peanut butter.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Melt the peanut butter in the microwave. Get that browned butter off the stove.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Peanut Butter + Browned Butter = True Love.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Now add in your confectioner’s sugar. 1/4 cup at a time.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Oh look who decided to show up!

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Let the doughnuts cool and dunk them in the peanut butter frosting.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Keep it up. This recipe makes 12 total! Watch out.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Take a break.

baked banana doughnuts w/ pb frosting

Eat a doughnut. You deserve it.

Banana Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Makes 12

(recipe heavily adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • hot water

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease 2 nonstick, 6-count doughnut pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and the oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Spoon the batter about three-quarters full into the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out dry, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool completely on a rack.

Put the salted butter in a small pan and heat over medium-high heat until melted and nicely browned, about 4-5 minutes. Place the peanut butter in a small bowl and microwave until melted & smooth (about 15-30 seconds). Add the browned butter to the peanut butter and slowly stir in the confectioner’s sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of hot water into the mix. Dip the bottom (smooth edge) of your doughnut into the peanut butter frosting and repeat until done!

Shutterbean Notes:

-if you don’t have a doughnut pan, make muffins! The cooking time should be pretty similar, give or take 5 minutes (more).

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  • September 29, 2011

    Reading this right before bed = I am so going to dream about donuts again tonight!

  • September 29, 2011

    What a great combination of flavours and the fruit makes them totally healthy ;)

  • September 30, 2011

    you are an evil kitchen genius. I may give in to Sophie’s badgering (honey badgering?) for a doughnut pan.

  • erinlucy
    September 30, 2011

    how did you get into my head and steal my dougnutty dreams?! i am going to make these and start wearing my maternity jeans again and when people ask me when i’m due it’ll be all. your. fault

  • September 30, 2011

    this is perfect. as i’ve been looking for something that I can make my officemates :) plus…peanut butter!!! omigosh :DDD

  • September 30, 2011

    Holy crap. I need these in my life.

  • September 30, 2011

    I have all these wonderfully spotted bananas, I NOW HAVE A PURPOSE FOR THEM.

    Thanks you Tracy!

  • September 30, 2011

    Oh wow! They look amazing!

  • September 30, 2011

    Yeah man, I have the mini donut pan, and now I need the large marge donut pan! These look dreamy.

  • September 30, 2011

    Oh man, these look so good! I can’t wait to try them :)

  • September 30, 2011

    i want a donut pan! i was eyeing one the other day on a sale rack…

  • September 30, 2011

    I had just decided to cut back on my sugar consumption, and then these showed up….Is the texture more like banana bread?

    • September 30, 2011

      it’s sorta like banana bread- a little more airy!

  • September 30, 2011

    So it sounds like you definitely recommend these donut pans? I’ve been interested in them lately but I don’t think I’ve ever tried a baked donut, so I’m hesitant.

    These donuts look amazing!

    • September 30, 2011

      Yes! I recommend them. They’re pretty fun to use. I like them because I can give Cooper a donut (without frosting) and he thinks he’s having a real treat.

  • September 30, 2011

    A doughnut pan!? You were giving your sister-in-law a hard time for having a scone pan and you’ve gotcherself a doughnut pan?!!

    I kid, I kid. It look like a fun kitchen tool :)

    XOXOXOXOX,
    Alli

    • September 30, 2011

      Don’t put me on blast!!! This is a good way to make donuts that aren’t fried. Totes different. TOTES different.

      • September 30, 2011

        I see the appeal. You are excused :*

        Also, totes gonna make these with my muffin tin. Browned butter makes me cray cray. It’s so divine! Woo!

  • September 30, 2011

    That sound is me fainting from what looks like one of the best recipes ever. Bravo!

  • September 30, 2011

    I can’t believe that these are homemade!

  • marci
    September 30, 2011

    I just drooled all over myself!!

  • September 30, 2011

    Shut. The. Front. Door.

  • September 30, 2011

    No donut pan here (if I brought one into this apartment my partner might plotz), but I bet these would make pretty sweet cupcakes. I think they’re going on the list.

  • Sarah Breese
    September 30, 2011

    Before I left the house I looked at my banana’s all spotted with little black dots and thought I better make a bunch of banana bread or something! You must be reading my mind! :P
    I however don’t have a donut pan… any suggestions?

  • Sarah Breese
    September 30, 2011

    I now see the suggestion… didn’t finish reading.

  • September 30, 2011

    Wow! Double wow! Triple wow! :-) …Susan

  • September 30, 2011

    This is awesome. So awesome. Sounds amazing. I really like the note at the end of using a muffin tin. I don’t have a doughnut pan. I totally need one now. YAYAYAYAY!

  • September 30, 2011

    Oops. Looks like the oil measurement is missing. …Susan

    • September 30, 2011

      Thanks for catching that! Fixed!

  • September 30, 2011

    Wahhh, Elvis donuts!! These look/sound crazy good. I would put chocolate chips in the batter because it’s a reflex that I’ve given up fighting. If butter is God’s Gold, what is browned butter? I feel like this is important.

    • October 1, 2011

      Oooh good question!!!! Lemme think about that. Hmmmm.

  • October 1, 2011

    What an awesome flavor combo. They look majorly delicious! And the donut baking pan-I kind of need one! Awesome.

  • beth
    October 1, 2011

    Chocolate mini chips or bacon on top might just put these over the top. *heads out door to buy bananas*

  • These doughnuts look, well… bananas!! I just bought a doughnut pan, and have yet to make any. This might be the first recipe I try out. And @beth, mini chocolate chips would put these right over the top!!

    • October 2, 2011

      Chocolate chips….wow! I was thinking of crumbled bacon on top…..How do you feel about that?

      • beth
        October 4, 2011

        Bacon is allllllllllllllllllllllways appropriate.

  • October 1, 2011

    This is so amazing! Really making my mouth water…I wont be passing by Krispy cremes after tasting this ;)…

  • October 1, 2011

    well shoot lady. these are putting me over the top. I even have a boat load of nanners waiting to be used up.
    but, um, what to do if I don’t have the schnazy pan???

    • October 2, 2011

      You can use a muffin pan (i added it to the note!) :D

  • October 2, 2011

    Woah, these look amazing! Have avoided making doughnuts because of the frying involved but finally a recipe for baked doughnuts! And who knew you could buy pans for them! Tracy you are a baking genius.

  • October 4, 2011

    These look orgasmically delicious and as soon as I am back in the states and back in a real kitchen I’m going to make them for myself and eat them for breakfast. I mean it’s bananas and peanut butter right? That’s healthy.

    • October 4, 2011

      Totes healthy ;) Where are you living now?

      • October 5, 2011

        Paris actually. I’m working in a pastry shop for six months as an intern. My apartment may be large by Paris standards but my kitchen certainly is not. I don’t even have a real oven. I have a microwave oven that also can become an oven. I didn’t even realize those existed but apparently they’re popular here. Truthfully though, transformers only work in the movies, it’s not like I could put a turkey in this thing…

        Oh and the french totally don’t understand peanut butter like we do. You can’t even find it at most of the little grocery stores they have here.

  • pd
    October 4, 2011

    They are in the oven right now. I think that this is what heaven must smell like. Peanut butter frosting is divine!!! Thanks for sharing! This Tuesday just a little more special….

    • October 4, 2011

      Hooray! I’m so glad you tried it out! ENJOY!

  • October 4, 2011

    I looked at this post at the WORST possible time. Totally eating my computer right now.

  • October 5, 2011

    OMG!! These look fantastic!! There goes my diet…again!

  • I’ve never made donuts! I think this may be the perfect way to introduce myself to them. That looks fantastic!!

  • November 11, 2011

    Did someone say banana and donuts in the same sentence? Ok I’m getting a mini donut pan… pronto! This looks amazing and I can already taste it. Yum! I’m not into peanut butter like this but I’d totally try it just to say I did. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alyssa
    October 23, 2012

    Made these with my Mom this last weekend. 2nd ever donuts baked. SO GOOD :) Rich, just like I love my food. Mmmmm.

  • November 7, 2013

    OMG THESE ARE UNBELIEVABLE.
    I HAVE TO MAKE THEM!

    you have yourself a new follower :)
    would love you to come check out my blog!

    Mollie xoxo
    molliebylett.blogspot.co.uk

  • Danie
    December 13, 2013

    I make these all the time (especially for breakfast/brunch potlucks) but with a dark chocolate glaze. Everyone always love them, so thanks so much for this recipe!!

    • Tracy
      December 13, 2013

      Fantastic! I like your additional of a dark chocolate glaze :)

  • Donna
    January 16, 2014

    My child randomly asked for some banana donuts. This sounds like a great recipe.

  • July 6, 2014

    Just baked these…..umm umm good! So easy , thank you for sharing . Mary in Texas .

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