Almond Coconut chocolate donuts are baked donuts, covered with a simple chocolate glaze, coconut, and almonds!
Candy for breakfast? Well, sort of.
Chocolate donuts are the perfect way to start the day, especially if they taste like an almond coconut candy bar! Since these are baked donuts, I like to think of them as being a bit healthier than their deep fried counterparts. While I’ve created coconut donuts before, these Almond Coconut donuts are something truly special. They are so soft and tender and have the perfect cake-like crumb. The chocolate glaze is so silky and smooth, you will want to keep some back just to eat with the spoon. And of course, these wouldn’t be Almond Coconut donuts if they weren’t covered in lots of shredded coconut and chopped almonds.
To make baked donuts you will need a donut shaped pan. You can usually find silicone donut mold pans at Walmart or Amazon as well as other retailers. Having the right shaped pan is key to getting the looks we want. We make the batter for these donuts similarly to making brownies or cupcakes, and then pipe them into the molds. The end results are round little treats perfect for any occasion.
The flavor of the chewy, sweet coconut and the crunchy, intensely cinnamon almonds really come to life against the rich tasting chocolate. While this recipe yields roughly 16 donuts, I assure you they won’t last long!
For the donuts, you will need:
- Cake flour
- Cocoa powder
- Brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Espresso powder
- Vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil
For the glaze, you will need:
- Corn syrup
- Chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
- Shredded coconut
- Blue Diamond Almonds
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Almond Coconut Chocolate Donuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray the inside of 2 donut pans or work in batches if you don’t have enough. Set the pans aside.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder until mixed.
- In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and then stir in the espresso powder, vanilla, and vegetable oil, stirring until just combined.
- Pour the donut batter into a large ziptop bag. Dip one corner and carefully pipe each donut cavity 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
- Allow the donuts to sit in the pan for 1 minute and carefully turn the donuts out of the pan and onto a cooling rack. Cool the donuts completely.
Prepare the glaze
- In a bowl, combine the butter, milk, and corn syrup as well as chocolate chips in a saucepan.
- Whisk over low heat until the butter and chocolate have melted. Remove the pan from the heat and then whisk in the powdered sugar.
- Dip each donut top into the glaze and then set onto a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining donuts.
- Sprinkle the tops of each donut with some coconut and chopped almonds before the glaze has set.
- Allow to set and then enjoy!
- Be sure to spray your donut pans! Fill each cavity about 3/4 of the way full. The donuts will not rise too much during baking.
- Once they are removed from the oven, let your donut pans cool for just a few minutes. Flip your donut pans over and onto a cooling rack; the donuts should pop out easily.
- I found it easiest to drop the donut, face down into the glaze for just a second. This will allow the glaze to cover the entire top of the donut.
- You can either sprinkle your coconut and nuts on top or dip the freshly glazed donuts into the toppings. I thought it easier and neater to sprinkle everything over top.
How long are homemade donuts good for?
These donuts can last about 3-4 days when kept stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also keep them in the fridge if desired, but note that it may cause the donuts to dry out more quickly as a result of the cold air.
Can I make donuts in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the donut batter and keep it well covered in the fridge up to 2 days in advance of baking it. This is perfect for when you want fresh donuts at a party but you do not want to do all of the prep work just before the party starts.
Can I freeze baked donuts?
Yes, these baked donuts can be frozen! Arrange the donuts on a baking sheet and freeze until solid (about an hour or two) then transfer to an airtight container for up to 3 months. I recommend keeping a piece of parchment paper between the donut layers to prevent sticking. Then when you’re ready to eat, place the donuts on the counter to thaw for about 30 minutes and enjoy!
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- Mojito Fried Donuts
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- Cherry Chip Cake Donuts Recipe
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For the donuts
- 1 1/4 cup cake flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
For the glaze
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped Blue Diamond Almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 donut pans ( if you don't have 3, you will have to bake in batches) with non stick spray and set aside.
- In a bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and eggs. Add wet ingredients to try ingredients. Stir in espresso powder, vanilla and vegetable oil. Stirring just until combined.
- Pour donut batter into a large tiptop bag. Snip one corner and carefully each donut cavity 3/4 of the way full. Bake donuts for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow donuts to sit in pan for 1 minute; carefully run out donuts onto a cooling rack. Cool donuts completely.
- To prepare the glaze, combine butter, milk, corn syrup and chocolate chips in a saucepan. Whisk over low heat until butter and chocolate have melted. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar.
- Dip each donut top into the glaze, remove and set donuts on a cooking rack. Repeat with remaining donuts. Sprinkle each donut with coconut and chopped almonds before glaze has set.
Serving Size1 donut
Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 31mgSodium 175mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 2gSugar 26gProtein 4g