Date-Glazed Banana Donuts (grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

Ali Segersten Mar 04, 2014 13 comments

I have to tell you that it's been over a decade since I've had any kind of donut but lately my kids were asking about them. I think they tried a gluten-free donut at a party years ago but that's been their only exposure. So I decided to invest in some safe non-stick donut pans and try making baked grain-free donuts. I don't, by any means, think grains are bad, I just love to use alternative flours. The combination of almond flour and arrowroot creates a very good texture, in fact, most people would never guess these donuts were gluten-free.

Most non-stick bakeware contains PFOA's. These toxic compounds are beginning to get phased out, but are still present in much of the bakeware used. PFOA's affect thyroid function, blood sugar regulation, body weight, and are endocrine disruptors (which means that you can increase your risk for hormone-related cancers like breast cancer). We highly recommend getting rid of all non-stick bakeware and replacing it with safe alternatives like stone or stainless steel. I use these donut pans made from recycled steel. They have a silicone coating which creates a non-stick barrier without all of the chemicals.To make these donuts you will need at least 4 very ripe bananas. I posted some photos of my 2-year old mashing bananas to my Instagram page as well as to our Facebook page! If you already "like" our Facebook page but are not receiving our posts in your feed then be sure to stop by our page and leave a comment under some of the posts. This will help to get our posts in your feed!


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Any substitutes for the cashew butter ( for the glaze ) ? Please advice. Thank you.

Hi Meg,
You could try creamy roasted almond butter or tahini. :)

Bought the donut pans as a birthday present for my almost 5 year old. He's going to be so excited to make these with me! Thanks Ali

Could you do these as muffins? No donut pans here...

Oh, and I baked them for 13-15 min. instead of 20-25 min. Thanks for the recipe! Definitely a keeper.

I just made them and substituted sweet potato for half of the banana and they turned out great. I didn't want them to taste too much like banana bread and it worked. My kids and neighbor kids all gave a big thumbs up. I dipped the tops in a little butter, then in a mix of coconut sugar and cinnamon. You could replace the butter with melted coconut oil for the same effect.

referring to your new non-stick cookware - silicone is a petroleum product. when heated, who knows what happens.... there is cast-iron - the original 'non-stick'.

I would think that any thick fruit puree would work. Try pureed roasted squash, dates or dried apricots pureed with water to reach that mashed banana consistency. Banana also acts as a bit of a binder, so I'd add maybe a couple teaspoons ground flax or chia or sub a bit of buckwheat flour for some of the almond meal..

allergic to bananas......any ideas for subs>??????

You come up with the greatest recipes. Thanks. Not yet ready to spend $50 for a set of new steel muffin tins...

Could you substitute anything for the eggs for those who have egg allergies?

These look really delicious, I bet my kids would love these!!! This recipe uses all of my preferred ingredients :)


The donuts look so yummy!!!

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