These paleo glazed banana bread donut holes have a few healthy additions to make them the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert! Simple ingredients make the tastiest baked donut holes, topped with a perfectly sweet, honey vanilla glaze.
Anyone else channel their inner Homer Simpson when they see a donut? I don’t even consider myself a HUGE donut fan, I’m much rather pound a container of chocolate chip cookies or coconut macaroons. But I’m pretty sure donuts have some chemically enhanced ingredient that hypnotizes people to eat ‘em. Even just a teeny, tiny bite. I’m sure it’s not FDA approved, but honestly do we even care? No.
The glaze could be filled with rat turds and cigarette ashes and people would still eat them. Like, whatever – it’s just extra protein and a rich smoky flavor. Donuts are just that food that you gotta splurge on every once in awhile.
It’s been years since I bought a donut. In fact, I remember my last experience so vividly, I think it scarred me.
Set the scene – four years ago, hubby’s birthday, living in Washington, DC. I know my man, and my man loves donuts. Like the grocery store ones in that plexiglass case. So naturally, being the amazing wife I am, I thought, “I’m going to cab it to the hottest new donut shop in the city, buy two of their BEST, most CREATIVE flavors, and surprise him tomorrow morning!” I mean, WAY better than 3-day-old grocery store donuts, right?! So as soon as noon hit that day, I was off. Flagging a cab, fighting traffic, standing in line, trying not to melt in the DC humidity. Naturally not having a second to eat lunch because…
duty donut calls. Yaaaaaas to the maple donut with bacon infused glaze and crumbled bacon to top, and a peanut butter and jelly thing of beauty (because again, I know may man. Donuts are his first live, PB&J’s are his second). Damn I know that man better than he knows himself! I’m sooooo good.
Oh and don’t even get me started on the debacle of making sure I didn’t jostle that beautiful box of $10 donuts in a very packed metro heading home after work…
Ok now it’s birthday morning. Donuts set up on the table, card meticulously placed, me hiding behind my coffee cup, so eager for that first reaction, that first bite!!! Oh the anticipation!!!
“Awe thanks babe…” as he takes one little bite. Like a mouse-sized bite. “Gotta get to work, I’m late.”
One bite. ONE FLIPPIN’ BITE?! Long story short, after a very ‘spirited’ discussion about my effort to surprise him with the best birthday breakfast of his life, he admits he really isn’t in to fancy, imaginative flavors. He just kinda likes the standard grocery store donut with chocolate glaze. Gotta love newlywed arguments over donuts. So classic!!
Ok so maybe I’m being a little overdramatic about buying donuts again. But why buy them when you can make them? Besides, the donut HOLES are always the best part anyway. I may not know my man like I think at times, but I know myself. And this girl always goes for the holes.
Plus, why go out for donuts that have rat turds and cigarette ashes in them (KIDDING) when you can make these paleo glazed banana bread donut holes at home? Such a better, healthier alternative that are naturally sweetened, packed with some sneaky power foods, and easier than standing in line at your city’s popular donut hangout.
These paleo glazed banana bread donut holes have a few extra ingredients to make them pretty much extra amazing, extra healthy, and super guilt-free. The batter comes together in a flash, with ripe bananas, eggs, coconut flour, flax and chia seeds. THAT’S IT! Bake ’em, cool ’em, then get ready to drizzle all the honey vanilla glaze goodness over every sweet little ball. It’s pure magic I tell ya.
And be sure to check out a few other paleo snacks and balls for the best dang healthy snacking options ever! Paleo almond cocoa mocha energy balls, paleo carrot cake energy balls, and of course these paleo key lime pie energy balls!
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons flaxseeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- Bake 20-22 min
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoons arrowroot powder combined with 1 teaspoon water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a medium bowl, combine the ripe bananas, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and vanilla extract. Then add the egg. Stir well to combine
- Add the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and coconut flour. Mix until a thick batter has formed
- Using wet hands, mold the batter into 12-14 small balls/donut holes. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, until balls have set
- Remove from the oven, let coo slightly, and place the balls on a wire cooling rack with the baking sheet underneath
- Once the balls are fully cooled, start on the glaze
- In a small pot, bring the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract to a gentle simmer
- Remove from heat and pour in the arrowroot/water mixture, whisking vigorously for 1-2 minutes to ensure no clumps form
- Let the mixture cool slightly, then pour over the top and sides of the donut holes using a large spoon
- Immediately place the wire rack of balls with baking sheet underneath into the freezer and let chill roughly 10 minutes, enough for the glaze to set
- If desired, remove the baking sheet from the freezer with any excess glaze that has dripped off, spoon the hardened glaze into a small bowl and microwave just until liquid again. Let cool slightly and pour over the chilled donut holes for another layer of glaze. Chill again in the freezer for the glaze to set
- Remove the balls from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. If eating later, store in the refrigerator and when ready to serve, set at room temperature for a few minutes