Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sugar Coated Donuts

No, this recipe does not have peanut butter in it. No, this recipe does not have white cane sugar on it. Yes, the recipe title is very deceiving. No, I don’t care. It sounds more fun if I use naughty words. Unsweetened cocoa powder sunbutter banana date sugar and coconut crystal coated donuts just doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it.

So something real real exciting happened this weekend. I mean, REAL exciting. I got to meet 3 fellow paleo bloggers. THREE!!! Michelle from NomNom Paleo, Melissa from Well Fed Cookbook and The Clothes Make the Girl, and Holly from Holly Would if she Could. Freaking awesome line up huh? Yeah, it was pretty amazing. But the day didn’t start off so amazing. Let’s go through the day of good ole Saturday.

So I woke up early, actually showered, shaved my armpits, the whole nine. And I even got on the road early with an almond milk latte in hand. It was a great drive…until I got to Estes Park (where the conference was), that’s when things got out of control. I got to Estes Park at 9:10, had 20 minutes to find the YMCA which was probably less than 10 minutes away annnnnnnd I didn’t find it until 10:15. 10:15 PEOPLE!! And please understand something about Estes Park, it’s not big. It’s not big at all. Actually, it’s really damn small. And I somehow still proceeded on to get more and more lost. And the more lost I got, the more frustrated I got. And the more I shook the steering wheel (Office Space style) and teared up. Yep, teared up. I don’t get mad, I just get real sad. It wasn’t until a guy pulled over and asked if I was lost. And showed me that I literally needed to drive up the street. Since everyone seemed to make it on time and have no trouble, I think I may just be a complete idiot. There’s no better answer.

So once I got there, I interrupted Melissa’s presentation, made more noise than needed with my heeled boots and took my seat at the front. Nice Juli, nice. And once I went to the bathroom, I looked in the mirror and noticed my black bra was doing a great job of showing through my green shirt. So classy. That’s exactly how I wanted to introduce myself to my favorite bloggers. “Hi there, I’m Juli. I like to dress like a whore. So great to meet you.”

After I got over the fact that my bra would be showing through my shirt the entire day, I relaxed and took it all in. It was super interesting to hear all of their different viewpoints on paleo and how they incorporated them into their own lifestyle. Mel had her thyroid removed. Holly has lost over 100lbs. And Michelle has two little boys to feed, and a cool freaking husband as well. They all had different stories, different backgrounds, and different beliefs that they had to share with us. But the coolest part of it all is that all three of them are INCREDIBLY down to earth. They all made us laugh. They all made us smile. And they all gave us some kind of tool to take with us to make our paleo experiences better.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to a paleo conference in your area or somewhere near you…GO! It doesn’t matter if you know everything about paleo or absolutely nothing, it was SO much fun and I was lucky enough to meet a ton of incredibly awesome people!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sugar Coated Donuts

  • Yield: 6 1x



For the donuts

  • 1 banana
  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter (or nut butter)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 heaping tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil (mine was not melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the toppings


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your donut pan.
  2. Place your banana, dates, sunbutter, and honey in the food processor or blender and puree down until soupy.
  3. Then add your eggs, coconut oil and vanilla extract and puree down even more, scraping the sides of the food processor/blender as needed.
  4. Place your coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix together.
  5. Pour your food processor/blender mixture into your dry mixture and mix together until it’s completely combined.
  6. Pour in your donut pan. My mixture made 6 donuts exactly.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the little guys push back when you poke them.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Mix together your honey and coconut oil in one bowl (place in microwave to melt if needed), and your date sugar and coconut sugar in another bowl.
  10. Once donuts have cooled, use a basting brush (or whatever you like to call yours) to spread on a thing layer of your coconut oil and honey, then cover your donuts with the sugar. I placed my donuts into the sugar, then flipped it over and sprinkled it on all sides.
  11. Eat em up!! Holy moly, that’s food beauty right there.

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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.


65 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sugar Coated Donuts”

  1. Oh I would have loved to have been at this! I love all these bloggers and just read about this on nom nom’s blog! You wore jeans:) Can’t wait to make these…need a donut pan now.

  2. Oh my! Might have to try making these this weekend. So far your banana bread, blueberry muffins, and brownies have been a huge success with my non-Paleo co-workers (I think they feel less guilty about eating them lol).

  3. The picture and the title got me SO excited, I’ll forgive the deception in the ingredients. I apparently need to get a donut pan as well. BLAST!

  4. I met Michelle and Henry at AHS. She is so lovely! I seriously think I would have peed myself if I was at a paleo get together with you and Michelle and Melissa and Holly all at the same time! I hear you even did a booty dance. I told Michelle that this event should occur again (and again) and that they should include you in the line up so you could make a fabulous dessert. I would come all the way over from Switzerland for that…unless, of course, you all want to come here 😉

  5. I also don’t have a donut pan, but I bet these would be great as donut balls – would I just need to add more flour to get them to not spread?

    Heck, mini-muffin tin! Yeah!

  6. Oh my gosh – the conference was AWESOME. I still need to post the picture I took with JB. Ah! I was so starstruck, like I was at an N’Sync concert or something. And I second about going to a conference – if you can get to a paleo conference/seminar of some kind… GO. No matter where you are in your journey, it will give you all sorts of encouragement. I’ve been paleo for a year and a half, and this conference was JUST what I needed. It’s easy to feel alone sometimes when you’re paleo – but spending a whole day with 100 other people who get you is so great!

  7. I was at the conference in Estes too. And don’t worry, I was late as well & no, I did not notice your bra. Instead, I was the crazy stalker introducing myself to all the paleo superstars like I know them from their blogs. It’s one of those times when you know you’re making a fool of yourself but you just can’t control it. Next time, they need you to speak/cook (not just stir) & maybe a little dance??

  8. I have to admit it’s a toss-up as to which is my favorite fem-Paleo blogger. You and Mel run neck and neck for me. Both awesome in your own respective way.

  9. I love you and I hate you!!! I love you more though. This recipe looks unbelievable and will definitely be something I will try. I just need a Doughnut pan now. Even though I’m trying to stay from sugar in all forms, for the most part, I just might have to break that rule for these….Dang!

    1. I’m not JB, but I did give up coffee a few months ago. I recognized my dependence on it and decided I don’t want to be dependent on any substance (other than chocolate, you’ll remove the chocolate from my cold, dead hands). Also, I wanted to completely 100% cut out dairy and I was still having heavy cream in my coffee. The first week or so I had really bad withdrawal headaches in the morning which sort of solidified for me that I was addicted to caffeine. Now, I have one caffeinated coffee a week as a treat instead of a crutch.

  10. Super jee-louse about the conference! Been checking out the other ladies blogs and am getting great ideas. So frustrated though that I can’t really see Michelle’s blog very well. I don’t know if it’s partially blocked by my work or what, but all the pictures are little white boxes with x’s on them and I can barely read the print. Pouting.

  11. OMG this looks sooo fantastic — i need to buy a donut pan and an ingredient or 2 — but it looks EFFING GOOD! my mouth watered at the sight!!! and i TOTALLY get your getting lost and the whole upset of the morning of the conference. you poor thing. been there in one way or another. glad you pulled it together — and you didnt even look even slightly whore-ish! I will be looking for paleo conferences here in Houston for sure!!

  12. Mushroom powder huh? I wish her app was for Androids so then i could learn that one. Boo. Anyway that awesome you got to meet those amazing ladies! And donuts… You are trying to make me huge!!

  13. It was really nice to meet you on Saturday! I totally didn’t notice your bra, and I was only a couple rows behind you. So don’t worry about that anymore 😉 And thank you for taking the time to talk to me about CrossFit. I found one pretty close to home. I just need to get my tush in there and do it. You’re awesome!

  14. Estes Park YMCA ground are bigger than the town of Estes, at least that’s my experience! I totally get getting lost there, beautiful place and distracting! These look fab, my mom and I talk about all your great treats! She is kind of a PaleoEvangalist! Keep up the great work!

  15. What do you use mushroom powder for and how do you make it? It sounds like something that may be my new favorite thing!!! I LOVE MUSHROOMS MORE THAN ANYTHING! I looked on the Nom Nom site but could not find the recipe.

  16. i just gained 15 pounds by looking at the picture. ooooh my! i love chocolate and peanut butter together!

  17. OMG, you have outdone yourself. I am getting a donut pan tonight!! … PLEASE come up with a trio – we need a glazed pumpkin donut!!! Its a no brainer! jelly, sugar, and glazed!

  18. #1. It was such a treat to finally meet yo in person. Thanks for coming out to see us!

    #2. I always wear a black bra, so I guess I dress like a whore, too. YAY! We’re whore-ish, paleo chefs who like to cuss. What could be better?!

    #3. I’m totally making these donuts on Thanksgiving when my Whole30/60 is over. YUM!

  19. These look sinful. Like sacrilege sinful. Im going to make them ASAP, and watch Gabriel Iglesias stand up while I demolish them all. If you aren’t familiar with him, look him up. He’s funny.

  20. Reason #4,594 why I love your blog:

    These are categorized under “breakfast.” <3 haha i think everyone would have better days if they started each morning with this! Thank you for being awesome!

  21. Does it make you feel better if I say I only own red bras? And wear them without thought, even if my shirt is far lighter than the bra? And I’m no small girl in any area, so it’s not like they can hide? Because that’s all true.

    Also true is that the bra I love is quite expensive, so I look for “last season’s colors” on eBay (seriously, bras have seasons?) and the last two I bought I’m pretty sure they’re counterfeit. Who would fake a Freya bra? C’mon, at least fake something fancy.

  22. You are a goddess!
    Honestly, how can anyone be so creative and come up with such incredible recipes!?
    Your site is BY FAR my favourite ressource of Paleo recipes.
    This had to be said after having been a long-time lurker.
    Thank you so much!

  23. Wow, this sounds amazing. I would have loved to join this conference – the presentations sound amazing. I will definitely be making this recipe once my 30 day sugar challenge is over’

  24. Made these tonight (minus the topping b/c I didn’t have all of the ingredients) and I have to say you have replicated one of my favorite foods that I miss so much…chocolate cake donuts! Thank you!!!

  25. Jules, I don’t have a donut pan but I’m seeing tons of healthy recipes for them. Do you think it would work to just make muffins out of them? Please say yessssss.

  26. Hi everyone,

    I helped organize the conference in Estes Park and it was so fabulous that we hope to do it again next year and feature the lovely Juli B as a guest speaker. Keep your eyes open for more information.

    Juli, now that you know where we are, come visit any time.

  27. Doooood!!! I can’t wait to make these!! And wtf? No coffee?!! Why? I know it’s not a necessary part of my diet and with every sip I feel my teeth turning more and more brown, but I love it!!!! It’s part of my morning ritual mostly.

  28. Okay, so I just got a doughnut pan because of you, I hope you’re happy. (’cause I totally am; mmmmm, donuts)

  29. I love you and your attitude! Life needs treats! Paleo is not a prison! Thank you for inventing so many delicious things, and for putting your whole self out there. We are making (and loving) your pumpkin waffles this morning. Rock on, Juli.

  30. Just made these & they are sooooooo good & soooooo easy to make! Thank you for your amazing recipe collection, your website has rekindled my love of paleo! Will be making these again….and again! By the way, love your wittiness & sense of humor too!

  31. Yum! I made these tonight. I only used 6 dates (that’s all I had) and 1/4 c. sunflower butter with 1/4 c. almond butter. (cause that’s all I had) They are De-lish-us.
    I dipped them in melted very dark chocolate instead of the sugar coating.
    So, yeah, I guess I made a form of these donuts. Thanks for the recipe.

  32. Hi!! I absolutely love your recipes. Have you tried to make them into donut balls? I don’t have a dont pan and was wondering if that would work?

      1. OMG! I made them with my mini muffin pan and they came out sooo cute! Delicious too. I didn’t add the toping-they were flavor full without it-but maybe on my next batch.
        So for all of you that don’t have a donut pan…. mini muffins are the way to go.

  33. omg for sure! drooling like homer simpson over here.
    luckily, i am a little too lazy to make these because i would consume every single one.

  34. I made these. These were awesome. I used peanut butter. I increased the recipe by four times because I had four bananas to use.

  35. I made these in my babycakes mini donut maker – they were excellent! I skipped the sugar coating and dipped them in a little chocolate melted with coconut oil.

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