Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Donut Holes

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Creatively cooking and baking while pregnant has been a bit more a challenge than I realized! Add a stomach bug to the mix, and suddenly nothing appeals to my appetite. Hence the extended absence. For which I gave myself a little wrist slap.

Fortunately, the bug was a short-lived little visitor, but as soon as it left me, it latched onto my hubby, who was just home from a 10-day business trip. So, from pitiful patient to diligent doctor I went, and the weekend was spent nursing him back to health. This involved unreasonable amounts of Saltines, bananas, sports drinks, and Walking Dead marathons… and naps. Lots and lots of naps.

The last thing on our minds was real food!

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Once our appetites finally did return, though, they called for BREAKFAST. And a big one. We had piles of scrambled eggs, buttery toast and sausage, fresh orange slices and hot coffee. Delicious and filling, and just what the doctor ordered.

Breakfast just makes it better, y’all.

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These baked banana donut holes are no exception! They’re so soft and fluffy, sweet and vanilla-y (that’s a word in my vocabulary), and perfect for morning brunchin’ and anytime munchin’. You wouldn’t believe how easy they are to make, too!

If I was feeling a little more “domestic goddess” and a little less “Loch Ness” over the weekend, you bet your biscuit I would have whipped up a big batch. Sometimes, I good ole’ diner-style breakfast is your best bet for feeling better, though. Every other time calls for these little bites of banana love.

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To make any morning more special, these super soft and scrumptious baked donut holes fit the bill. If you like banana bread, you’ll love these. You can even add some chopped nuts to the batter, or smother them in chocolate ganache instead of cinnamon sugar. But, if banana isn’t your thing, maybe my Pumpkin Donut Holes or Apple Cider Donut Holes will do?

No fancy equipment or fussy ingredients needed here, folks. Just your mini muffin pan and about 30 minutes, start to finish.

Bake these for your Valentine’s morning treat and watch their heart skip a beat! (I had to.)

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Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Donut Holes

Yield: Makes about 35 donut holes

Ingredients:

For the Donut Holes:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ripe banana, mashed

1/2 cup milk

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Coating:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Spray one 24-cup or two 12-cup mini muffin tins with baking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate large bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, banana and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the muffins bake, melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat.

Serve donut holes warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

      

43 Responses to “Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Donut Holes”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 4, 2014 @ 12:36 am

    These are the cutest donut holes, love the cinnamon sugar coating!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — February 4, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    Hey!

    I am so sorry both you and your man got the bug, so glad to hear you have recovered though, phew!
    These little pieces look heavently, and I would love to try and make them :D Hopefully in the near future – Haha sitting here imagining what they taste like, it’s way to close for my tensies to be looking around on food blogs :P

    I hope you have an amazing Tuesday! xx

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 4, 2014 @ 5:41 am

    Glad you are feeling better, Georgia! And about these donut holes — just YUM. Wish I had some for breakfast!!

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    Sues — February 4, 2014 @ 6:22 am

    Glad you’re feeling better! I could probably eat about a million of these for breakfast :)

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    DessertForTwo — February 4, 2014 @ 6:59 am

    Yum! these sound great! I’m glad you’re feeling better. Winter colds are the perfect excuse to snuggle and stay indoors, though! :)

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    Kitchen Belleicious — February 4, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    oh i wish I wish i had tried banana! I just made pretzel bites covered in cinnamon and sugar via avery cooks and i wish I had added the flavor of banana! Must make yours now:)

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    Julia — February 4, 2014 @ 7:27 am

    Sheeesh! Sorry to hear you two love birds were sick, and I’m glad you’re feeling better. I can’t think of a better way to return to normalcy than with delicious cinnamon and sugar donut holes! These are true beauties!

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    Ashley — February 4, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    Yuck, I’m sorry you both haven’t been feeling well! I was sick last week too – so awful. And not fun! I kinda wish I had a big plate of eggs and toast now after reading this…. and some banana donut holes! They look delicious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — February 4, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    These donut holes are heavenly. I so want these! Wow, amazing!

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    shelly@ohshellsbells — February 4, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    I am not a big banana fan, but i think when dipped in sugar and cinnamon, i could be

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 4, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Oh mah goodness! I’m donut obsessed and these fluffly little holes are calling out to me. That cinnamon sugar is a brilliant touch. I’m so happy to hear that you’re feeling better. Stomach bugs are the worst.

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    Monet — February 4, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    So sorry you got sick! No fun at all! These holes are the perfect way to recover though. They look delicious!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 4, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Glad you’re feeling better! These donut holes look amazing! Definitely perfect for “anytime munchin’”!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 4, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    aw you poor things!!! I’m glad you’re feeling better and that you baked up these little beauties! They’re sooo cute and they look absolutely and completely DELICIOUUUS!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 4, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Glad you have your appetite back, there is nothing worse than a major foodie to lose their appetite. No fun at all. I’d say you came back with a band though, these sound (and look!) fantastic.

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    RavieNomNoms — February 4, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    These look amazing!!!! OH my word! I wish I could reach into the screen and get one!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 4, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    Cinnamon-sugar is ultimate comfort food for me. Love these, Georgia!

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    Katrina @ WVS — February 4, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Whew! A stomach bug and a baby sounds like an interesting mix! These definitely sound lovely, friend. Great recipe :)

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — February 4, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    Even though its way past breakfast time, I am literally about to make these right now. I can’t handle that cinnamonsugary goodness!

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    Ashley — February 4, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    I wonder if you could use applesauce instead of the oil?

    • Georgia — February 4th, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

      I haven’t tried it before, but you certainly could if you’d like!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 4, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’ve just discovered baked donuts (for some reason, I thought they were way more difficult than they actually are!) and I think these are going to be next on my list to try. :)

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    Medeja — February 4, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    What a great way to use bananas! These donut holes look so good!

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    Tieghan — February 4, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

    So happy you are feeling better!! Donuts are the perfect cure. Especially banana cinnamon sugar! These look awesome!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 5, 2014 @ 5:42 am

    Glad to hear you are feeling much better, Georgia! Love these banana donut minis in cinnamon sugar. Yes, please! :) Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 5, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    i’m happy that you’re all better! And I hope you’re still continuing with the naps thing. They’re the best, aren’t they? :)

    And these are so cute! I need to try making baked donut holes. Way more fun than the regular kind!

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    Gaby — February 5, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Must try these immediately! The perfect snack!

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    Jennifurla — February 5, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Dude, I want these so so bad@

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — February 5, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    Whoa. Banana in a donut hole. Perfection. They look awesome!

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    Shikha @ Shikha la mode — February 5, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Is it bad that I want to make this in regular-sized muffin tins? Breakfast is important!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — February 5, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    these sound so perfect! glad you’re feeling better :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 6, 2014 @ 3:07 am

    Glad you’re feeling better! And these donut holes are epic! The banana touch is pure genius, and I actually have 4 very brown bananas sitting on my counter right now!

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    Jenn — February 7, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    I haven’t made this recipe yet so just wondering if the donuts will come out round like your picture when using a mini muffin tin. Thanks!

    • Georgia — February 7th, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

      I made these with a mini muffin tin, so yes, they will come out round as long as you don’t over-fill the cups.

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    Rashida — February 7, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Just made these with my 5 year old daughter – they are very tasty and my little girl loved rolling them in the cinnamon sugar mix
    Thank you for the recipe ;)

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    Jenn — February 7, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Thanks Georgia! So looking forward to trying them and many more recipes as well. You have a great site loaded with enticing pics and doable recipes. Thank you!

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    Ramona — February 10, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Wow… these look so good. I could gobble them all up. :)

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    Lori — February 12, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    I was looking for a new recipe to use up my over ripe bananas. I made a double batch with a total of 3 bananas for extra flavor. (Made 7 dozen) My son said they were glorious! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Laura — March 12, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    Just wondering if these could be frozen?

    • Georgia — March 13th, 2014 @ 8:33 am

      Yes, definitely! Just wait to coat with the butter-cinnamon sugar mixture until thawing.

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    Joanna Russell — May 27, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    I made these today and I don’t know why they turned our like cookies. I didn’t put banana in it because I wanted them to be more like the old fashion doughnuts. They were delicious though :)

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    Amy — July 17, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    These were sooo good. They were moist, soft and full of banana flavor. My two boys loved them! It’s nice to make a no fuss recipe when you have kids running around. Thanks. This one is a keeper for sure!

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    Nicole — July 30, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    Oh my Goddddddd !!!!. These sound so yummy, oh my god ! You are brilliant I so love you :)

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