Monday, March 9, 2015

A Healthier Chocolate Donut

It's chocolaty and sweet and wonderful - and it's healthier than any other chocolate donut out there.

I knew that once I finally got that donut pan it wasn't going to just sit around and collect dust.  Remember those amazing Red Velvet and White Chocolate Donuts I posted two weeks ago?  I couldn't stop there, I had to make more donuts.  I found a recipe for a healthy baked chocolate donut, I know your thinking, "healthy and donut - no way!" 


This donut has ingredients like whole wheat flour and applesauce in it.  Now it does also have sugar in it and as you can see from the pic some powdered sugar on top - oh and did I mention that I decided to go ahead and add some mini chocolate chips to my "healthier donuts?"  I couldn't help it - the donuts wanted chips in them. So its not totally healthy but definitely a healthier option in the donut world. 

I am really enjoying my donut pan and all the great recipes out there.  Do you have a favorite donut recipe?  Let me know what it is, I would love to try it!

recipe adapted from a Little Nosh
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoon applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and spray the donut pan with cooking spray.  
Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl.  Add in the egg, milk, vanilla, oil, and applesauce and mix.  Add in the chips and stir until they are evenly distributed.
Scoop the batter into a large Ziploc bag and zip shut.  Now cut a small hole (but big enough for the chips to fit through) in the bottom corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the donut pan.  Fill the pan until 2/3 full.
Bake for about 7 minutes or until donuts bounce back when pressed slightly. 

Cool completely and top with powdered sugar or glaze or eat them plain.

Other lightened up treats:

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Snacks

Lightened Up Caran-Ginger Granita

Cool Whip Frozen Sandwiches

One year ago I made Sweet and Salty Granola

Two years ago I made Ragu alla Bolognese

Three years ago I made Carnitas

Four years ago I made Peanut Butter S'more Bars

Linking up to these happening parties!


  1. My children have been wanting me to try making doughnuts. This recipe makes it look simple so I think we'll take the leap. :)

  2. Sometimes it's really not about something being healthy on it's own...but healthiER than the competition. These look great!

  3. Oh wow! These look amazing! I bet they taste phenomenal! Thanks for sharing these chocolaty treats!

  4. This is right up my alley! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  5. Hi Danielle,
    Sure wish I had one of your awesome donuts right now! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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