Chocolate Avocado Donuts

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Baked dark chocolate donuts made with whole grain flour and avocado with a dark chocolate glaze.


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  • 1 1/2 cups flour*
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Milk, as needed to thin

Optional Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 6-hole donut baking pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the mashed avocado and egg, until smooth. Add the sugar and oil and beat until smooth. Once fluffy, whisk in the milk and vanilla extract until incorporated.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients while beating on low. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until well incorporated. Use a spatula to stir in any remaining dry mixture on the sides or bottom of the bowl.
  5. Pour the batter into each well of the prepared donut pan about ¾ of the way to the top (about ¼ cup in each), but not covering the donut hole center. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool. Flip them onto a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave the dark chocolate chips or chunks for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat microwaving for 30 seconds until fully melted. Whisk in the powdered sugar. Add milk to thin, as needed. Pour one tablespoon of glaze onto each donut.
  7. Optional: Top with the nuts, coconut or sprinkles while the glaze is still warm. Let the donuts cool, then serve.


For the flour: You can use any good baking flour, such as whole wheat pastry, whole wheat, whole wheat white, all-purpose, gluten free all-purpose or oat flours.