Whole Wheat Flaxseed Banana Donuts

With the start of back to school I thought a nice healthy quick breakfast was in order!

I know I know! By the title of this recipe you are probably thinking these are going to be one flat healthy not so yummy donuts. Come on Now! Would I do that to you? You know how I like a surprise and a surprise is exactly what you will be having in your mouth with one bite of these donuts. They are incredible. You would never and I repeat never think they are healthy. With no butter, no eggs and just a little oil they are the perfect breakfast for everyone to grab on the go. Top with powdered sugar or icing and it becomes a weekend treat.

The bananas along with buttermilk and oil give you all the liquid and binder needed, the cinnamon and sugar give you the boost of sweetness and the flaxseed and whole wheat flour actually make the donuts better than if you used all purpose flour alone. Β The nuttiness they bring to the dish is fantastic not the mention whole wheat flour when used properly in baking gives you a chewier more dense texture. Who says donuts have to be bad! Not I!

Β  Oh and if you are in for a quick fun treat for the kids- try this Watermelon Sherbet Pie I made! It was AMAZING! You can read more over at Belleicious Kids!


Whole Wheat Flaxseed Banana Donuts
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat
  • ⅛ cup flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking spice
  • 1 tsp bakin powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ⅛ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp butter extract
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 cups mashed banana
  • ½ cup agave
  1. Sift together the flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add in the flaxseed, cinnamon and sugar and set aside. Combine the buttermilk, vanilla, butter extract and oil. Slowly stir in the mashed bananas and then the agave until all is combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until it comes together. If you over-mix then the donuts will be too chewy. Place donut batter into greased donut pan and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes depending on the size donut pan you have.



  1. nancy at good food matters

    You’re right—I wouldn’t have guessed that your “donuts” would have all these healthy elements. they look more like a yummy treat. nice work! ( and the watermelon sherbet pie is so clever!)

  2. Kelli H

    Yum my mouth is watering while Im typing this if you lived closer I would so be over everyday near meal time lol

  3. val

    I healthy donut….I’m sold. These look awesome.

  4. Asmita

    What a healthy and delicious treat!

  5. yummychunklet

    Thankfully, I can substitute the buttermilk and make these tasty donuts vegan. Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious.

  6. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    If you’re going to have a sweet, why not healthify it? Love that you included bananas and flaxseed! Bananas are a staple in my house – such a nutritional powerhouse and a great snack if you’re looking to boost your fiber intake just a smidgen.

  7. Shea

    These look healthy AND yummy. I’ve never made my own donuts before, I’ll have to try!

    1. kbelleicious

      It is so easy Shea. Just get a donut pan from target (our favorite store) and whip up any batter you wish. You could even do cake batter donuts. it is just fun and easy!

  8. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    You could have fooled me that they are healthy. How nice that they are good for you and beautiful at the same time.

  9. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Love these donuts with healthy elements. The glaze looks super.

  10. Roz

    What a tremendous jump away from our typical banana muffins! Plus I love all the healthy ingredients you’ve added. And that glaze? What’s not to love about these donuts! We’ll love these!

    1. Anita

      yes it’s safe. lol. We know some friends who has a child with a pnauet allergy and on the day of a mutal friend’s kid bday party. The little boy was there too. I try to have something for my son at parties and that day I had bought enough from a local bakery that is specifically for children with allergies. You should have seen how excited the other little boy was to have something to eat too with everybody else at the party. There have been many times we have snuck food into places so my little guy can join in on the fun too or have called a manger ahead. My son feels like one of the gang as he tags along with big kid adventures. My most recent memory is celebrating 3 kids birthday’s all at the same time at Celebration Station. The best of memories to have everybody together. Parties are so hard when you have six kids and the youngest being twins and one with food allergies. When the twins were little it was just to hard to attend parties. We made efforts to go to family parties and very special friends invites. I will never forget when my husband’s little sister was turning 20 and she had requested a pizza party with all the members of the family. My mother n law found special cheese for him and made the twins each mini pizzas especially for them. It was absolutely so special seeing how they included him and were so thoughtful to make it special to even the tiniest of the family. Love the hearts of others!

  11. ChgoJohn

    I love banana anything! I bet I’d even like these, despite their begin so healthy! πŸ˜‰
    That watermelon sherbet pie is such fun. I bet kids love it!

  12. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Belle these sounds fantastic! I love the idea of drizzling a little icing over the top.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

    1. kbelleicious

      The icing is that little extra something sweet to make them even better! My son thinks it is a treat to have it and calls it frosting! LOL! I don’t say a word

  13. daphne

    never thought you can have donut, healthy and breakfast in one sentence!! Gotto look into this one for sure. It looks fab! U think of the best ideas.

    1. kbelleicious

      LOL! I am clever like that!

  14. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    I’d love a couple of these donuts with a cup of cold buttermilk. What a great treat to start the day. healthy and delicious!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh girl- you are hard core! I love buttermilk in my baking but I can’t stand to drink it alone. My mom and her sisters grew up on it though- well actually it was a trick my grandfather always played on them at the dinner table. While he was saying the prayer and everyone was closing their eyes he would switch his glass of buttermilk with one of the girls glass of plain milk and watch them take that first bite! It was always priceless!

  15. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    You’re an evil evil woman Jessica…turning donuts into something healthy. Boooo!!!
    Seriously though great little recipe and perhaps I’ll give it a try. πŸ˜‰

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh that is quite a cooking sin huh? turning sinful into healthy! LOL!

  16. Bree

    Oh my gosh these look amazing!

  17. Kristy

    I want to come over for breakfast! πŸ™‚ I promise I’ll only eat one or two (or three). And look at that cute little watermelon pie! I don’t know how you do it…you are amazing!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh if only we could have some coffee and chat at breakfast over donuts! Would love to do that with you- till that day comes just think happy thoughts and make these for Miss A- she would love them

  18. vianey

    What a great way to begin the morning, with a Donuts! yummy~

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes! The perfect way to begin the day. My son’s face just lights up when I say you want a donut? I freeze the leftovers and they are so easy to reheat and eat on teh go

  19. Baker Street

    A healthy donut!! You mean I can eat more than two.

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh yeah! Isn’t that awesome. bring on a dozen!

  20. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    I love flax seed, I usually throw it on my oatmeal or cereal but here we have donuts…hmm I think I know what to go for it πŸ˜‰

    1. kbelleicious

      Throwing it in your cereal- that is genius! Never thought to do that. thanks for the idea

  21. Torrie @ a place to share...

    oh wow… i cannot wait to try these!! my grandma just bought us a donut-maker too! (wonder if these would work in it?)

    1. kbelleicious

      lucky you! I want a donut maker. I just use a pan for now but that is on my list of things to get

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ve never made banana donuts before but these look so good!

  23. kitchen flavours

    Can I have two please? Looks so good! I have never tried flaxseeds in doughnuts before. Sounds healthy and looks delicious, I would not say no to this!

    1. kbelleicious

      You my friend can have a dozen! LOL! The flaxseed doesn’t really make a huge difference in the texture. If anything it just adds a little nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the bananas

  24. Helene

    Buttermilk makes a difference in baked goods. It’s so moist. Anything with bananas is good.

  25. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Skip the banana and I am in! I HATE anything with banana IN it. although I love bananas.

    1. kbelleicious

      YEAH! YOUR BACK! You are hilarous- no bananas but you like bananas by themselves! Crazy- even with that said I bet you a million you would love these donuts

  26. Geni

    I can’t believe you managed to make doughnuts healthier! You are a hero. What a nice treat to send your kiddo off to school.

  27. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    These banana donuts look so mouthwatering and moist! Great recipe and a super creative spin on donuts!

  28. Purely.. Kay

    Buttermilk makes everything taste GREAT lol. I love this. And I love how you incorporated the flaxseed in this as well

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh it does indeed. I used to not keep buttermilk handy until I realized I was missing out of too much pure goodness not having it around for baking

  29. Sues

    I love a good healthy doughnut and this one looks especially delicious (and nutritious!). I’m a big fan of flax. Also? That watermelon sherbet pie looks out of this world!

  30. Mary

    well I couldn’t ask anything more for breakfast than one of these donuts – I won’t even feel guilty with all that wonderful whole wheat and flaxseeds (which I love!) fantastic recipe!
    Mary x

  31. Joanne

    Those look so incredibly moist and delicious! I’d love to wake up to them!

  32. Lena

    what a great recipe you are sharing! not only they are consist of healthy ingredients, i also like that they are baked instead of frying!

  33. Liz

    Finally a guilt free donut! I love that you added flax seed, too…yum, yum! And your watermelon sherbet pie looks incredible, too!

  34. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wait a minute, your kids get to eat this donut before going to school? May I be your kid too? So jealous – I’d be so happy waking up in the morning if I know this was breakfast. Coffee + donut please!

    1. kbelleicious

      Lol! As long as it’s a healthy donut then yes! Seriously Nami these take just a few minutes to whip up and bake! So easy for the kids

  35. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    These sounds awesome Jessica. Healthy donuts? Perfect.

  36. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I’m a firm believer that healthy desserts can be just as yummy! πŸ™‚

  37. Eva Taylor

    I had to read your post twice, Jessica! A healthy doughnut? I’ve always wondered what those pans were for.

  38. 2 sisters recipes

    Jessica I love anything with donuts ! and with flaxseed that makes it twice as nice too! Great idea for kids ( and me too!) LOL….Anna

  39. Collette Osuna

    LOVE these little donut cuties!! Miss you and your yummy recipes so much! I’ve had a crazy Summer, new job!! I’ll be stopping by more that things have settled to a dull roar! Hope you are well:)

  40. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    I love flax seeds, they taste great, not boring like other traditional health foods! Great donut idea too, I am sure anybody would go for them and they would be finished like a whirlwind. Have a nice sunday!

  41. Balvinder

    You are a wonderful mom feeding healthy doughnuts to your family. These are the first doughnuts that I saw looks healthy. Flax seeds are good and I use it making my bread.

  42. beti

    oh yes! REALLY want some of those donuts

  43. Nicole-Lynn

    Yummmers! Looks so good!

  44. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    I am all for flaxseeds these days! =P
    My husband asked me to make sometime a real american doughnut, the soft type one. I am not sure if I ever had a proper doughnut in my life, so I might need your recipe here. =)

    1. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

      I was wondering already, thought so I ahd commented much earlier on top. It didnt appear earlier, now finally I can see it. ooops XD

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