A deliciously easy donut recipe using pre-made pancake mix and bananas! These little donuts are so light and airy and make for such a fun breakfast! (Plus they taste amazing with my chocolate peanut butter frosting too!)
Yes you read that right loves! Today we’re making some incredibly easy donuts using an ingredient I’m sure every household in America has in their pantry…PANCAKE MIX! These banana pancake donuts have become a staple in our house now and are just so much fun to make too!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Pancake Mix- I used Bob’s Red Mill homestyle pancake mix but feel free to use your favorite mix instead!
- Banana- Overripe bananas work the best for this recipe.
- Unsweetened almond milk- You can substitute this with any milk your prefer. (Regular, skim, cashew, soy, etc.)
- Baking powder
- Maple syrup- You can also sub honey for this too! (Or leave out the sweetener completely if you don’t want the donuts too sweet.)
What size of donut tin should I use?
I used a 3 inch donut tin for this recipe and they turned out amazing! If you want to use a larger tin, you might need to adjust the baking time slightly. I would start baking them for 10 minutes then check them and see how much longer they need to bake. (They may only need to bake for 3-5 more minutes.)
What kind of pancake mix can I use for banana pancake donuts?
Feel free to use your favorite mix for this recipe! I used Bob’s Red Mill Homestyle Pancake mix because that’s what I had on hand, but any pancake mix will do. I haven’t tried this with a gluten free mix yet, but I imagine that it would work just as well.
How do I make Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting?
This “frosting” is so easy because it’s essentially only one ingredient – chocolate peanut butter! All I did was take 1 cup of chocolate peanut butter and melt it in the microwave. Then I dipped each donut in the melted peanut butter, placed them on a tray and waited for the peanut butter to set/harden. BAM- there’s your frosting! I love doing this for a “frosting” or glaze because there’s no added oil, no added sugar and no intense recipe that you need even more ingredients for!
What other frostings and toppings can I use for these donuts?
If just using chocolate peanut for frosting isn’t your thing, that’s no problem at all! The best thing about these donuts is that you can practically pair them with anything and they’ll still taste amazing! Below are a few other ideas use can use for a frosting/glaze too:
- Melt your favorite flavored nut butter in the microwave and pour it over your donuts
- Mash berries with greek yogurt and spread it over your donuts
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave and dip your donuts in it
- Serve your donuts with maple syrup
- Make a maple glaze: whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar + 1/2 tsp vanilla + 2 Tbsp maple syrup + 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened almond milk
- Make cream cheese frosting: beat together 4oz. cream cheese + 1 cup powdered sugar + 2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt + 1/2 tsp vanilla
So what are you waiting for loves?! Whip up a batch of these banana pancake donuts, dip them in some peanut butter (or whichever frosting you prefer) and prepare for your world to be rocked!
Hope you’re all having the best day!
More breakfast recipes like this:
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
- Apple Muffins with Peanut Butter Streusel
- Banana Bread French Toast
- Stuffed Bagel Bites
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Banana Pancake Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1½ cups pancake mix (I used Bob's Red Mill homestyle pancake mix)
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Chocolate peanut butter & regular peanut butter
To make the donuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 3 inch donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, mashed banana, almond milk, baking powder, cinnamon and maple syrup. Pour your batter into a piping bag and pip the batter into your donut tin, filling the molds ¾'s the way up. (You can also use a regular plastic bag instead of a piping bag too. Just cut the tip off of one of the corners to begin piping.)
- Place the donut tin in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Once done, allow the donuts to cool in the tin for 3-5 minutes before taking them out. Let the donuts cool completely before frosting them.
To make the frosting:
- Pour 1 cup of chocolate peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl. Heat the peanut butter in the microwave at 30 second intervals until it's melted and slightly runny.
- Take one donut at a time and dip them half way into the melted peanut butter. Place the dipped donuts on a tray and serve immediately. (Or you can wait for the peanut butter to "harden" too. It should take about 1 hour!)