Chocolate Glazed Donut Bites

These chocolate glazed donut bites are a healthy, baked donut recipe. No donut pan required.

I’m pretty sure I’m the only person left in this world without a donut pan. Admittedly, I don’t get out much. Or, at least “out” to places that would have donut pans, but the only place I’ve seen one in the last year was Sur la Table in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, 2,500+ miles from home. Shoving it in my carry-on did cross my mind for about 5 seconds but so did buying a Le Creuset dutch oven that was 35% off so that’s not saying much.

Needless to say, I am still donut pan-less.

However, I finally got sick of not having donuts.

So, I made it work.

Chocolate glazed donut bites

Donut bites…AKA: mini muffins with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on top.

Glazed chocolate donut bites

Clearly, this is exactly what I needed to make after 4 days away from home last week, not working out for 5 days and a drawer full of fresh CSA produce.

It’s fine though, I found out a Crossfit opened 2 miles down the road this weekend and these are {healthy} muffins donuts. Chocolate protein glaze and all.

Chocolate glazed mini donuts

Not quite Dunkin’, but they’ll do. The hole in the middle is overrated anyway.

Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Glazed Donut Bites

Chocolate Glazed Donut Bites

These chocolate glazed donut bites are a healthy, baked donut recipe. No donut pan required.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


For the Donuts

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • sprinkles

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 scoop (2 tablespoons) chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 5 drops liquid stevia


For the Donut Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together wet ingredients using 3 tablespoons milk in a separate small bowl.
  4. Pour wet into dry and combine with a spatula. If too dry, add additional tablespoon of milk. Batter will be thick, like a muffin consistency.
  5. Spoon batter into mini muffin pan, filled 3/4 of the way in each.
  6. Bake for 7-8 minutes.
  7. Remove donut bites from pan and cool on a wire rack.

For the Chocolate Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a spoon until smooth.
  2. Once donut bites are completely cooled, dip tops into icing and top with sprinkles.


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  1. Vicky

    You’re definitely not the last one without a donut pan! I don’t have one either, nor the Le Creuset dutch oven (which I dream of owning). Looks like you get perfectly yummy looking donuts without forking over the money for the pan anyway!

  2. Ashley - baker by nature

    I’m a doughnut pan-less baker, too. It’s cool. Who needs one when you can make adorable little doughnut hole creations like these?!

  3. Margarita

    Love the ingredients in these babies! Thank you for proving that yogurt frostings can work. My boyfriend adamantly refused to make me experiment if it could work. I don’t have a donut pan either but I see them every nownand then at TJ Maxx and they are often at Bed Bath and Beyond.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I was so proud of this frosting b/c it’s actually healthy AND it tastes good. I swear! :)

  4. Jessica

    I have a donut hole/mini muffin problem – like everything I make turns into a mini donut situation. Apple cider mini donuts, pumpkin, banana and chocolate, etc. They’re so fun! I really do want a donut pan but for some reason I have a mental block against actually buying it – and it’s so easy to bust out the mini muffin pan anyway. I’m excited to try this glaze – I love the idea of yogurt as the frosting.

  5. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    I often make donuts using greek yogurt! I love these little guys, Gina. And the addition of coconut oil in lieu of butter is spot -on. I usually use melted butter in my donuts. I’m saving this recipe. Anything mini is just so much more fun to eat!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’ve looked like 3 different times at BB&B and they never have them by me! Not fair.

  6. Ashley

    This is exciting and dangerous. I just bought spelt flour and it’s inaugural use will be mini donut-muffins. Plus sprinkles makes everything better. At least those crunchy multicolored nonpareil ones.

  7. Kimberly

    You are my savior! (sorry, I’m a little intense for a first time comment) I don’t have a donut pan either and i pretty much always want donuts. This has been a big conundrum in my life… Until now. And you just blew my mind with the whole healthy donut thing. Awesome.

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  9. snenny

    These look delish! I actually have a doughnut pan (I got it from Amazon) but it’s going to have to be neglected in favour of doughnut bites ;) Do you happen to know whether I can substitute anything for the chocolate protein powder in the frosting? I don’t have any.

      1. snenny

        Ta very much! I’d hoped that would be the case, but having not done much baking with protein powder I wasn’t sure whether it had a particular function that cocoa powder couldn’t replicate. Looking forward to making these morsels of yum now ;)

  10. snenny

    Made these today and they were splendid! I have coeliac disease so used 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend instead of 1/4 cup plain flour and 1/2 cup spelt flour, and they came out brilliantly. Unlike some gluten free or healthy baked goods, which only taste nice straight from the oven, these actually got better throughout the day! So. Good.

  11. ladygoat

    What a great idea! I use my mini muffin pan all the time because it’s just so convenient having muffins in small servings, but I never thought to try doughnuts in them! Thanks!!


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