Vanilla Frosted Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts

We have more donuts for you!  These are quickly becoming a family favorite in our home and love how easy they are to make with our mixes.  These are top 14 allergen free, gluten free and vegan.  And of course require no eggs to bake!  If you have a banana allergy or don’t want to use banana be sure to checkout our traditional donut recipe here.

When two lonely brown-spotted bananas stared at me last week I decided I’d make some donuts (and muffins) with them using our vanilla cake mix and vanilla frosting mix and topped with our new dark rainbow sprinkles.  We’ll be sharing the muffins with you next week!

Since it’s Fall and Halloween is coming we also made the frosting on these orange colored using the Color Garden brand of food dye. You’ll find the Color Garden all-natural dyes in our shop here.

Look at these – just yum!

The first step to making these donuts and the frosting(s) is to gather all your ingredients and supplies.

Vanilla Frosted Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts

makes 12-15 donuts

Ingredients Needed:

  • Kate’s Safe & Sweet Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of your safe Milk
  • ~2 overripe medium-sized bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of your safe Oil
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (omit or add more if you’d like!)
  • Kate’s Safe & Sweet Vanilla Frosting Mix
  • up to 3 tbsp your safe Milk
  • Food dye (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

(above amounts are what is need to make a full batch of both.  If you are making a smaller batch adjust ingredient measurements as needed.  tips below are included for how to do this.)

You may also use Chocolate Cake Mix for these as well!

Tools Needed:

  • Mixing bowl(s)
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Donut Pan

Cake Mix Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray the donut pan with the non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Stir together vinegar and milk. Set aside.
  3. Mash bananas and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, blend the cake mix, mashed bananas, oil, and vinegar and milk mixture together until smooth.  Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Fold in mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared donut pan.
  7. Bake on middle rack as directed below until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  These are quick to bake so will take about 8-11 minutes.  Be sure to check on them often so you don’t burn them.
  8. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack.  Allow donuts to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan and placing directly on wire rack.
  9. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the frosting mix into a bowl.
  2. Add approximately 2 teaspoons of your safe milk and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  3. Add a little more milk if needed in small amounts until you reach your desired consistency.

The above frosting recipe is using half of our frosting mix.  Reseal the bag and save the remainder (which will frost 6 cupcakes or another batch of donuts) for later use.  You can certainly make the entire batch and use for other donuts if you’d like!

Donuts are best served same day.  I recommend storing in the fridge to extend the shelf life.  Since this is a glaze it will seep more into the donuts vs. ‘normal’ frosting.

Here are the donuts just fresh out of the oven:

You’ll want to allow the donuts to cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan.  Then it’s time to start making the frosting which is more of a glaze alike that you’d get on donuts at a traditional donut shop.

For these I decided to do a first layer of uncolored glaze then topped that with a layer of orange colored glaze.  Feel free to experiment and have fun with different colors if you want to.

Allow the first layer of glaze to slightly harder prior to adding the second layer (if you’re adding a second layer of course – buy why not?!). You could also top these with our chocolate frosting.

Here is the second layer of glaze.  This glaze will harder if you’re patient enough not to eat them first!

After adding the glazes be sure to top with a little or (as we like to do) a lot of sprinkles before it hardens.

Our new dark rainbow sprinkles are all-natural, vegan, gluten free, and top 14 allergen free too… and so pretty!

Look at that amazing orange color.  Color Garden dyes sure are a staple in our home these days!

My kids have never walked into a bakery or donut shop before to buy something like this, so this made me and them so so so happy.  My daughter even asked if all donuts come with this many sprinkles atop!  Next time she suggested we make a rainbow pattern on top and I do love that idea!

So yummy, my kids and I gobbled these right up.  Feel free to omit the chocolate chips if you would like to as well.

Enjoy!  And be sure to check out our entire selection of recipes here.

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