Chocolate Coffee Banana Donuts

It’s like breakfast, in one bit. Genius. But really, of all the different donut recipes I’ve made, this by far is my favorite recipe. I gave these away as fast as possible so I wouldn’t eat all 6 of them I made.

So guess what’s happening soon?? Meaning tomorrow. THE NEW YEAR! OMGnewyearsresolutions. I’m not huge on New Year’s Resolutions. I am more into doing something that very minute, without thinking much about it. I tend to get myself into trouble that way, but whatevs. New Year’s Resolutions make me feel like if I don’t accomplish them, I’m a complete failure. And personally, I don’t love feeling like a failure. I’m an only child. Us only children don’t like that.

But this year, I feel like being brave. And not failing. So I’m going to make New Year’s Resolutions. Yes I am. I’m not totally sure what all these resolutions are yet, but I’m gonna pull them out of my ass. Here we go.

  1. Write my second cookbook. Yes, that would be wonderful. Have you heard about my first one?!
  2. As you know, I plan 2013 to be the year of sexy Juli. Yes. I’m going to be sexier. Not sure how. But it will include more confidence. And more clothes. And shoes. Tall shoes. Tall shoes make me feel sexy.
  3. Run more. I hate running. Hate it. So I’ve been running a lot more lately. I ran 5 miles the other day and literally.almost.died. Thankfully I had one of me and Sergio’s favorite songs to listen to. Love on top by Beyonce. He will never admit it out loud, but he loves it. So it made me smile and forget about my shoes filing with blood. Running is the worst.
  4. Be cleaner. I’ll be the first to admit it, I don’t like cleaning. Especially my room. Or bathroom. And Laura doesn’t either. So I need to get it together and act more like a Type A human. And clean. Sexy people have clean houses.

That’s all I got for now. I’ll come up with more. Don’t you worry. I’m having friends over tonight for champagne. It’s easy to come up with thing you need to work on when you’re consuming a depressant.

But with the new year sneaking up on us so quickly, I know lots of us are thinking about getting healthier. Usually our ass size along with that health. At least I do. I think about my ass size on a regular basis. Anywho, I like telling you guys about different ways to take care of yourself and your body. Because, well, gyms are expensive. Especially CrossFit gyms, which I’m super into. So I got something cool to tell you about. You excited? GET EXCITED.

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Chocolate Coffee Banana Donuts

  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 3 bananas
  • 5 dates, pitted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 teaspoons ground coffee
  • coarse sea salt (to top donuts-optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place bananas, honey, and dates in afood processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Then add the eggs, coconut flour, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, and salt to your food processor and puree until completely combined.
  4. Grease your donut pan and pour ingredients into pan. My ingredients made 6 perfect donuts.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until completely cooked through (poke a toothpick through one to make sure it comes out clean.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Once donuts are cool, melt your chocolate in a shallow bowl and mix in your ground coffee.
  8. Now dip the top of your donut directly into the melted chocolate, then top with a bit of coarse sea salt.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


92 thoughts on “Chocolate Coffee Banana Donuts”

  1. As much as I appreciate you mentioning my name on your blog, dont exploit me and my guilty pleasures when it comes to music.

  2. Oooh I am soooo gonna make these babies today ! My 2013 résolution is trying the AI protocol and working out to shrink that ass of mine. Happy New Year to my favorite blogger !

    1. hey manon! i broke my AI protocol trial a few days ago with eggs! it felt so good. i forgot how good eggs were. i did AI for over two months just to see if i felt better and i didn’t, so back to the good stuff!

      good luck! it can make you go nuts at first, but it gets pretty easy.

      1. Thanks Joanna ! I have ulcerative colitis and I would like to wean myself off my meds even though they’re not the ”hardcore”kind.

        Happy New Year !

  3. The bodee-juli partnership sounds brilliant. I’m a single mom, so that would help me work out more with them.

    I LOVE coffee!

    Last night I used my brand new donut pan I asked Santa for. I just made your sugar coated banana-sunbutter donuts. PERFECTION. Absolutely perfect. Super delicious. The best part is the honey glaze and then coated in “sugar”.

    If I were to make BOTH that recipe and this one for variety, I would omit the cocoa in the banana-peanut butter donuts for a purist flavor and make these chocolate-banana-coffee donuts as well.

    Great job on the donut-trio recipes! I haven’t tried the jelly donut but looks great. Maybe I will have a donut-tea party in the summer.

  4. Thanks for the heads up on BodeeFit and BodeeFuel. Signed up and ready to go. Lets see how I can use it in my Day to Day. Happy New Year!

  5. I just whipped out a pan of these! (Subbed a 12-muffin tin and baked for 5 minutes longer). Ate half the pan before I remembered that there was supposed to be a coffee-chocolate topping. SO delicious!

    Preordered your book this morning as well. Your website helped me fly through the Lurong challenge a couple of months ago. YOU are a paleo goddess! 🙂

    1. How many muffins did this make? I don’t have a donut pan either 🙁

      Hi, Juli! Made your chocolate waffles for breakfast this morning and they turned out perfect!

  6. If I don’t have a donut pan, is there another option? I don’t start my Whole 30 til the 7th, so I have to get these babies in!
    Your New Year Resolution should be a Whole 30!

  7. Is there any sort of guideline for substituting almond flour for coconut? I prefer the texture so much more than the coconut flour although I notice that you use coconut more often. Is this to keep your recipes nut free? Just curious! Still love them! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    1. not that i know of. just A LOT less coconut flour compared to almond flour. I totally understand wanting to use almond flour, i just have an allergy to nuts so I use coconut flour, but you could definitely use an almond flour in this recipe. most likely 1-1.5 cup almond flour would work!

  8. I love everything about this post! While I’m not a coffee fan, I’m a huge chocolate, banana, and doughnut fan so if I ever get my hands on a doughnut pan I’m making these.

    Husband and I are also working on keeping a clean house for 2013. We’re calling it “The year of learning to be grown ups” because we look like we live in a frat house. And sexy people have clean houses!

  9. Thank you so much for letting us know about Bodeefit-I just did the workout for today and I loved it! I’ve been home from college over break; have been majorly missing CrossFit and realized I lose the motivation to work out when there’s no one telling me what to do/it’s below freezing outside. So looking forward to Bodeefuel!

  10. I made these for a party last night. I didn’t have a donut pan so I made cupcakes, they were delicious! I was asked for the recipe multiple times, by non paleo people. They were a total hit and I will be making them again. 🙂

  11. Geezy Louisy, I would like seven right now please (says the girl who is having zero sugar for 45 days.) Ahh well. I’ll have the coffee now and the donut then. Your resolutions are stellar ~

  12. Just made these donuts. My kids love them! I used a Wilton donut pan and got two batches (12 total) out of this recipe! Pleasantly surprised, seeing as I am feeding eight people LOL

  13. Made these for my family New Years Day morning and they LOVED them. My husband said definately a keeper recipe and ate 2. My kids each ate 2 and had the other 2 last night. Mine made a total of 8. I haven’t tried them yet as I started a Whole 30 but I guarantee you this will be the first breakfast I make on day 31!

  14. I haven’t made these yet, but they look amazing and I can’t wait to try this out. I just had to comment because your commentary made me laugh so hard. I also struggle very much with running and cleaning. Good luck to us both for a sexy, clean, 2013.

  15. just made these as mini muffins–because i don’t have no donut-ty pan–and the first batch was a little wet. i added 1.5 T. more flour to the remaining dough, and they puffed up more like donut holes!

    i think these are a little sweet, even for a certified sweet nut like me! is the honey necessary? i don’t understand the science of baking, just the instructions. i do as i’m told, unless i get permission.

    so? can i cut the honey out?

  16. Hi there,
    I tried these with medjool dates… maybe they are too big? The recipe didn’t work out that great for me – a bit wet.

  17. Hi there, just found you and am loving your sense of humor 😉
    A quick note on how to feel/be more sexy – get rid of your “house” clothes and replace them with beautiful silk and satin nighties and PJ’s. I promise that when you are at home lounging in something shiny and soft you will just feel sexy – you will even move sexier, even first thing in the morning! After the birth of our 3rd baby my husband asked if he could exchange equal numbers of of what he called “frumpy” clothes for sexy ones. It was hard to let go of those items – especially not feeling pretty (just had said baby) but this really fixed me right up. Its been 8 years now and I only wear things like this at home, now it is a very sexy house 😉

  18. First post.. I have to admit.. this was an incredible recipe. Love dark chocolate.I am definitely eager to try out more stuff you have on here!

  19. Hi Juli!

    I started doing paleo for about 2 months now, and your website helps crave my sweet tooth that just won’t go away. Wanted to say thanks for sharing all your amazing recipes! And for sharing your life stories 🙂

  20. These were the HIT of the day at our New Year’s Day Brunch…they will be our sweet treat FOREVER~!
    Love them

  21. These are DELICIOUS!! The only change I made was that I used agave nectar instead of honey, and only used half the amount. They were still very sweet, so I will probably just cut it out next time. I didn’t even put the chocolate on them and they are yummy! These will be perfect to keep in my back pocket for my cycling endurance rides. Great recipe, thanks a lot!

  22. I forgot the honey.. but they were plenty sweet. (and probably don’t even the chocolate.. but who are we kidding with leaving that out! ha ha) YUMMY!

  23. I’m literally in the process of making these now but where/when does the honey go in or is it part of the glaze or did I miss something :s

  24. What kind of coffee grounds are you using? Is it instant? (I’m not a coffee drinker) so I’m not to keen on coffee varieties.

  25. JB – these were THE BEST paleo doughnuts I have made so far. My hubs who lives life on the edge, drinks beer, eats gluten and cheap supermarket doughnuts took one to work everyday to have with coffee. If that’s not a seal of approval I don’t know what is! You rock!

  26. Okay, I made these the other night and they came out perfect. The second time, they didn’t rise and came out really gummy. I’m making them a third time now and texture wise, they came out okay, but the still didn’t rise. The only thing I can think of is on the first batch, I think I used 1/2 C of coconut flour. Any one else have this issue?

  27. You definitely mean INSTANT coffee, not ground.

    You think these would work in a muffin top tin? I’ve never even seen a donut tin.

  28. Juli – these are fabulous! I made them in my mini donut maker and brought them to work, everyone loves them including me! Thank you!

  29. I just made these today and they are to die for !!! I just went paleo about a week ago for many reasons… The biggest reason being so I could improve during my track season. So I’ve had to give up a lot of the treats I’m used to, but this recipe has let me still have my Sunday donuts !! Thank you !!

  30. What is the Paleo world coming too lol. This is no better than stuffing down cheap krispy kremes from the gas station. Just because it is grain free doesn’t mean it’s paleo. This is equally processed crap. Eat one of these donuts and tell me that you have no insulin/blood sugar response. Stick to naturally occurring food. No need to eat this crap.

  31. Bahahahaha! @ your reply to Paleomastah! Anyhoo….just wanted to know you have a fan all the way over here in South Korea (hubby is in the Army) and I’ve been saving this recipe until I could find a donut pan over here. Hubby found one today and these little babies were well worth the wait! OMG is right! Trying to decide if I should eat another one??? I worked out really hard today at the box….okay, you conviced me! Keep up the excellent work….look forward to your blog everyday!

  32. denise la swede

    haters haters the whole wide world is full of haters. I love the paleo life style and ive been doing it for almost three month! this recipe looks delicious and im about to go shopping at whole foods which is my hobby lol. i also wondering if i cut replace the chocolate chips to 85 dark chocolate instead i think it will be good with the bitterness. keep up the great work !

  33. There is way too much sugar in these to be considered paleo – I hope those new to paleo aren’t fooled. Easy to blow this off but really isn’t something anyone on a paleo diet should eat without knowing this is huge deviation from this lifestyle.

    Dates, bananas, honey are loaded with (natural) sugar. Yes, looks great and avoids refined sugar but will not help someone rid the body of sugar addiction and follow this lifestyle.

    I look for ways to stay as paleo as possible but also know I want things that feel like bread or similar now and then. So looking for recipes led me here.

  34. Made these today but only had milk chocolate chips so I used them to put on top of 3 of the donuts for my son. Left the chocolate off of the rest which I ate before they could cool completely. I don’t care what anyone says. Recipes like this help ME stay as paleo as possible. Natural sugar is a whole lot better than what I used to shovel into my body. Keep up the good work. Love your website!

  35. Pulling these out of the oven now as muffins, cannot wait!!! No chocolate but they are a perfect Saturday breakfast treat to go with my salmon and veggie scramble. Going paleo is hard and having your awesome recipes to help ween myself off sugars has been amazing, thanks!

  36. ok I’m finally gonna break down and buy one of these dang donut pans, Juli keeps putting these recipes out there tempting me so I’ve finally given in lol. Anybody know the best place to get one?
    Love this recipe and I can’t wait to try it!

  37. Sorry if this has already been asked, but there’s a lot of comments, and I’m running short on time. But would a donut maker work for this rather than a pan? I just bought one and have been itching to use it. It’s sort of like the cake pop makers if you’re familiar with them. Also, do the bananas have to be really ripe, like mushy, like banana bread? Or will a yellow banana do? Thank you, and I can’t wait to try this, this looks amazing! You are by far my favorite site for recipes! 🙂

  38. I went out last night and bought a doughnut pan JUST to try this recipe. 6 are in the oven now and I have more batter for another batch. I hope they turn out!!

    1. These were soooo good! Very light and fluffy – which is something I have missed since cutting gluten from my diet. A total win! AND I have enough batter for at least 3 or 4 more doughnuts!

  39. I wanted to give this recipe a go, even though I thought it would be too sweet – I only put three dates, and 2 tablespoons of agave instead of honey. I have just eaten 2 bites of one as they were cooling (without the icing), and I have to tell you that my blood sugar has gone crazy high. I would suggest that anyone who needs low GI leave out the dates and the honey altogether. The three ripe bananas should be sweet enough even for sugar addicts. These are going straight to the compost unfortunately.

  40. I made these donuts this morning and they are delicious! And so easy to make. The only changes I made was to use organic agave nectar instead of honey and nutmeg instead of vanilla because I’m allergic to both. Thanks for the recipe.

  41. These are SOOO FREAKING GOOD!! I made them and brought them into work and they disappeared! Everyone was saying how fantastic they were. Of course I horded some of them at home… I’m not stupid! 🙂

  42. I have a doughnut maker. Will all of your yummy doughnut recipes that call for a doughnut pan work in a doughnut maker?

  43. Saving our lives one muffin at a time! Theses are so good and without using 2 cups of almond flour they are more cost effective! We used a mini muffin tin and got 24!

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