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Baked Chocolate Donuts

These super easy chocolate donuts are so delicious! Totally guilt free!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Keyword baked donuts, chocolate donuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 donuts
Calories 244kcal



  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (heaping)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 cup walnuts (for topping - or what you like)


Making the Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Spray donut pan with olive oil spray or other non stick spray
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined
  • In a small sauce pan, melt butter and chocolate bits on medium/low heat
  • Add sugar to chocolate/butter mix and stir
  • In a small mixing bowl add egg, buttermilk and vanilla and whisk together
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix with a spatula until just combined
  • Scoop some batter into the donut pan, filling each mold 3/4 full
  • Place in oven and bake for 11 - 13 minutes. Test with a cake tester.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and placing donuts on wire rack

Make glaze

  • In a small mixing bowl, add confectioner's sugar, milk and vanilla and whisk until combined

Dip the Donuts

  • Dip some cooling donuts into the glaze and sprinkle nuts or other toppings on top
  • Leave a few plain, just because
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • I use sprouted spelt flour but if you don't have it, you can substitute it with either whole wheat or all purpose white flour.
  • Ditch your popular brand of cooking spray and use the healthier version - olive oil cooking spray.
  • Here is the donut pan I use.
  • I've made these donuts many times and sometimes the batter is dryer than other times. That's normal, it tastes the same.
  • Ideas on toppings to dip the donuts: shredded coconut, small chocolate chips, small M & M's, powdered sugar, cinnamon/sugar and chopped nuts.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg