The bananas on the kitchen counter show black spots. Their sweet scent fills the air and persuades me to fire up the stove. A new recipe wants to be found and tried. I get oat flour from the basement and put it next to the bananas. The two get along well. Ground almonds complete the round. Some rolled oats to loosen up the dough and olive oil for the surprise effect. That thought makes my hands reach for the donut baking pan. The sinful street dog charm of a donut feels just right for my project. Healthy recipes like it when they don’t come across as merely innocent. There has to be a bit of excitement in the mix.
The fork turns the bananas into a mush that binds all the other ingredients into a creamy dough. Into the baking pan and in the oven. A fine scent of warm bananas, dough, cinnamon and coriander flows through the house. The scent of good days. The scent of happiness. Voltaire whispers in my ear: “The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood.” I do my best. I bake banana bread in the shape of a donut. I think about what else I could do to improve my mood. Chocolate! The answer is obvious. The sweet, dark mass is already melting in a bain-marie. Did it just sigh happily, or was it the dog lying on the kitchen floor, twitching softly in a beautiful dream full of warm cakes?
A ray of yellow sun breaks through the clouds and caresses the browned surface of my donuts as I pull them out of the oven. The scent is so strong now that even the dog reluctantly awakens from his dreams, only to realize that reality is also a dream full of warm cakes. Is that what Voltaire meant? With a slice of freshly baked banana donut in hand, deciding to be in a good mood is almost ridiculously easy.
The cooled donuts wait patiently on the counter stone for their baptism of melting chocolate. The warm liquid runs down the small cakes like lava. It fills the circular opening of the donuts and reminds me of a solar system. I sprinkle a few stars in the form of nuts on the chocolaty night sky. And the harmony of the circle is done. What do you say now, Voltaire?
Do you find yourself in a good mood in the kitchen? I look forward to your comment below!
Banana Chocolate Donuts
For the dough:
- 4 overripe bananas peeled and mashed with a fork until smooth
- 80 ml olive oil alternatively: melted coconut oil
- 50 g coconut sugar
- 150 g oat flour gluten-free if required
- 70 g ground almonds
- 30 g fine rolled oats gluten-free if required
- 2 tsp tartar baking powder
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom preferably ground yourself
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 1,5 tbsp chopped hazelnuts and/or slivered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 180 ° C top and bottom heat.
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dough until smooth. Grease a donut pan and fill in the batter. Alternatively, a muffin tin can be used, with or without paper liners.
- Bake the donuts for 30-35 minutes. At the end of the baking time, a toothpick poked into the dough should come out clean.
- Remove the donuts from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes, then unmold and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- For garnish, chop the chocolate and melt in a water bath. Spread the top half of the donuts with chocolate. Decorate with chopped hazelnuts and/or slivers of almonds. Let the chocolate harden.