These Christmas doughnuts with candy melts glaze are not as bad as you think! They are baked, not fried!
I FINALLY used my doughnut pan!
Took me forever to even invest in a doughnut pan and even longer to find a doughnut recipe that stood out to me (super impressed with what I found at Grab A Plate!) Okay, so now I realize I am kind of lying because I did attempt a doughnut recipe a month or so ago but that did not work out too well... But today's Christmas doughnuts sure did and they were super easy to make! The candy melts glaze helped cut time greatly and resulted in a nice, firm "icing" on top of the doughnuts. I am all about sugary-sweet toppings, but seeing as these Christmas doughnuts are made using bananas and NOT fried, I wanted to try and stay somewhat healthy.
I spoke about candy melts and food coloring in my giant Christmas cupcake post, but I will repeat some information here just in case you missed it. These candy melts (bought from the Bulk Barn here in Canada) came pre-colored. It is easier and more efficient as candy melts usually have to be colored with something other than a water-based substance. I just did not want to buy more food coloring as I prefer the type I have. But if you do decide to color your own candy melts, chances are you will need another type than the standard Wilton gel type.
Christmas Doughnuts with Candy Melts Glaze
These Christmas doughnuts are baked and not fried! A fluffy, banana doughnut topped with Christmas-colored candy melts.
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 medium-large bananas
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Candy melts in assorted colors
- Sprinkles or crushed candy cane for garnish
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the sugar, coconut oil, egg, bananas, and vanilla. using the paddle attachment, mix until everything combines and the banana is broken down.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Alternatively add the dry ingredients and milk to the banana mixture, starting and ending with the dry mixture. Mix until JUST combined.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease your doughnut pan.
- Add batter to a large Ziploc bag or decorating bag and snip the end off so you have a small opening. Pipe batter into each doughnut crevice, filling about ¾ of the way up (too little will result in small doughnuts, but too much batter will result in over-stuffed doughnuts with no hole!)
- Bake for 10-11 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in pan before moving them to a cooling wrack.
- To top the cooled doughnuts, melt candy melts. Dip doughnuts into melts and cover with desired garnish (I used a spoon to get the lined pattern.)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
I haven't made doughnuts in quite a while. I love how festive yours are. I also have a ton of bananas in the freezer. Time to thaw them and make the doughnuts.
Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
Tasty looking doughnuts that AREN'T FRIED??? I'm in! Gotta make these. 🙂
Ohhh, Katie, my sister kept insisting they were fried and I explained again and again that they are not!! Haha, I guess it is a compliment 🙂
Joanie @ Zagleft
It took me so long to finally buy a doughnut pan and I've only used it a few times. I'm not sure why because the pan makes making doughnuts so easy! These look so pretty and festive, I think I'll dust off my pan and make a batch of these Christmas doughnuts with my kids.
The pan is sort of a once a year deal, but for the holiday seasons they are great! I am sure all the kids will love homemade doughnuts while they are on break 🙂
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T
Christmas donuts are the best. And they're healthier because they are homemade, right?!
Haha, totally agree!
Tonia from TheGunnySack
I love the sound of Christmas doughnuts. A fun change from the traditional Christmas cookies!
Agreed, but we still need cookies in our lives!
Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
There is so much YES in this recipe that I almost can't handle it. It's like Christmas in a donut with all the festive colors 😀 It's been WAY too long since I baked donuts too, I'll have to try this!
I am so behind with the times! It seems like everyone has made their own doughnuts 🙂
Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
CANDY MELT GLAZE? Mind blown. I bet these taste divine!
Crazy what you come up with when you are low on confectioners'sugar! 🙂
Lori @ RecipeGirl
SOOO pretty and festive!
I love doughnuts around the holidays. I also really dig candy melts. I didn't know you could get them at Bulk Barn, love that store. I didn't know you were Canadian either. I'm in Ontario.
I am in Ontario, too! Bulk Barn is a bakers dream. They are not called candy melts there I believe, but molding wafers (they are the only brand I have ever worked with!) So popping over to your blog to rejoice in Canadian-awesomeness!
Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
I have never used my donut pan either! I need to try this recipe out! i love how festive these are!
Glad I am not the only one!
I love these homemade Doughnuts,, very creative,and festive.
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
These are so cute!!
Cate | Chez CateyLou
I love festive donuts, and these take the cake! They are so cute and would be perfect for Christmas breakfast!