You’re looking for a healthier way to enjoy your favorite donuts, right? Then you’re going to love these healthy baked avocado donuts. They are a great way to get your daily dose of avocados and they taste amazing!
Donuts are always a delicious way to start your morning routine! But if you’re trying to stay healthy, traditional donuts probably aren’t the best choice for breakfast. With the help of these avocado donuts, there’s no need to give up your favorite morning treat! Thanks to the sweet avocado glaze and chocolate sprinkles on top of these easy donuts, you’ll never know that this sweet treat is also a healthy way to start your day.
These healthy donuts will make your mouth water as soon as you take a bite into them. The texture is soft and moist on the inside while crunchy on the outside – it’s truly an amazing experience that I know you won’t want to miss out on! Give my recipe a try today and see what all the hype is about!
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Why are avocado donuts healthy?
Avocado can be used in avocado donuts to replace butter or eggs that other recipes call for while reducing the fat level. Avocados are good at lowering cholesterol levels and an excellent source of healthy fats that can contribute to better brain health, eye health and heart health.
How to Pick an Avocado
Avocados are the star of this healthy recipe, so it’s important to pick the best fruits to use in your donuts. But since fresh avocados are covered with a thick outer skin, it can be difficult to know which fruits at the grocery store are good and which are bad. Luckily, there are a few tell-tell characteristics you can look for as you’re selecting your avocados to ensure you get a delicious one every time.
As you’re browsing the produce at your grocery store, look at these three characteristics when selecting your avocado:
- Color. A ripe avocado will have a rich, dark (almost black) skin. Avocados with a skin that is a lighter shade of green are unripe and will typically be hard.
- Firmness. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and lightly squeeze it to gauge its firmness. If the avocado yields between your fingers, its ripe. But if it’s still too firm to squeeze, it’s likely not ripe yet.
- Damage. Another simple way to see if you’re getting a good avocado is the check for damage. Avoid fruits with visible bruises or breaks in the skin, which could result in browning, making it unusable. Bruising is also a good sign that the avocado is overripe.
In addition to taking a look at the avocado itself, it’s also important to know when you’ll be using the avocado. If you plan on baking your avocado donuts within the next day or two, it’s a good idea to select a ripe avocado. But if you won’t be baking with your avocado for a few days, picking out a firm, green fruit may be a better idea.
How to Ripen an Avocado
If you didn’t have a chance to read my tips before heading to the store and accidently picked an unripe avocado, don’t worry! There are a few things you can do at home to help speed up the ripening process.
- Don’t refrigerate the avocado. When the avocado is still in its skin, it’s important to keep it out of the fridge. Placing the avocado in the refrigerator will stop the ripening process, making the flesh inside hard and unusable. Instead, store the fruit at room temperature until you’re ready to use it.
- Store it with a banana. Placing a banana in a brown paper bag with your unripe avocado is a simple way to help it ripen more quickly. Since bananas produce ethylene gas, the bag will help trap the gas inside, speeding up the ripening process.
- Place it in sunlight. Sunlight is a natural way to help ripen your avocado. The warmth from direct sunlight will speed up the time it takes to ripen your avocado, helping it soften more quickly. When using direct sunlight to ripen your avocado, make sure to check the fruit regularly to keep it from becoming soft too quickly and causing mold or mildew to grow.
Can avocado be used to replace butter in a recipe?
Replacing butter with avocado is certainly not an easy task and you will find that avocado does not have the same taste as butter. However, avocado can be used as a healthy replacement if you are baking healthier treats such as avocado donuts or avocado brownies. The texture of avocado may also be different from that of butter but avocado can be used in some cooking and baking.
Ingredients in Avocado Donuts
The combination of chocolate and avocado in these oven baked donuts works together to create a decadently sweet snack that’s also packed with vitamins and healthy fats! To make these avocado donuts, you’ll need:
- All purpose flour
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Maple syrup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Vanilla extract
- Unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar
- Chocolate sprinkles
How to Make Baked Donuts
Since these oven donuts are baked instead of fried, they’re much lower in fat than the traditional sweet treats. And it also makes them much easier to prepare! In fact, there are just three steps to follow in this quick and easy recipe:
- Prepare the donut batter. You’ll need two bowls to make this healthy recipe. In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In the other bowl, stir together the mashed avocado, milk, maple syrup, vinegar, and vanilla. After that, simply combine the dry ingredients with the avocado mixture to prepare the batter.
- Bake the donuts. Use a donut pan to shape the batter into round donut shapes. Then, bake the donuts for around 16 minutes. You’ll know when the donuts are finished cooking when the cake bounces back after you press it with your finger.
- Decorate the donuts. After your avocado donuts are finished baking, you can have some fun with the toppings. Prepare a chocolate avocado glaze to drizzle over the top of the cooled donuts. Then, add some chocolate sprinkles on top.
What is the glaze on donuts made of?
As you can imagine, avocado glaze is made from avocado, butter, sugar and vanilla. The avocado is a healthy source of fats that add a rich and creamy texture to the glaze while the butter adds a wonderful richness.
What are some toppings for donuts?
There are many easy toppings that you can add on top of avocado donuts such as: sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut flakes and granulated sugar.
How long do avocado donuts last?
These avocado baked donuts will stay good for around 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container on the counter. Do not store them in the fridge since condensation may form on the surface of the donuts and make them soggy.
Avocado donuts are the perfect treat for all of you avocado lovers out there. If you’re looking to get creative with your baking, this recipe is one that will really wow people! These tasty treats are sure to be a hit at any party or family gathering and it’s easy enough for even beginners in the kitchen. Give them a try today and enjoy these delicious goodies while they last.
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Avocado donuts recipe
For the donuts
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the avocado frosting
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- chocolate sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan with nonstick baking spray or grease it with oil. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mash the avocado until smooth.
- Add in milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Mix until combined, making sure there are no avocado lumps.
- Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Use a spoon or a piping bag to fill donut cavities with batter 3/4 way full.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the frosting, in a medium bowl, mash avocado with butter until combined. Beat in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more powdered sugar, if needed.
- Top the cooled donuts with frosting and chocolate sprinkles.