Chocolate Dipped Donuts

Life tip #1:

Always, always tell your dentist that you floss every day.

Dr. Schoaf won’t be happy to hear this…but I do not floss every day. Or every other day, if I’m being honest.

It’s one of those things you like to think you will do every day, but never actually get around to. I lump it in with dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, and finally putting away that load of laundry that is clean and folded but is still sitting on the dryer 4 days later.

It’s probably not a big deal for most people, but not flossing meant 1 thing for me growing up. I almost always had a cavity at every dentist appointment.

The worst part about this?

My mom worked at the dentist office. That’s like having a mom that works at the North Pole with a kid that doesn’t believe in Santa.

I am a sugar addict, and I know where I get it.

My Mammaw has told us herself that she used to take the sugar jar from the kitchen counter, grab a spoon, and sit under the table, eating spoonful after spoonful of straight sugar before getting caught.

I don’t dive head first into the sugar jar, but I will almost always pick sweets over savory.

Chocolate over cheese.

Ice cream over chips.

Junk food used to be my favorite snack. Gas station junk food? Even better.

You know those little packs of donuts that are super cheap and yell to you from their stand in the middle of the gas station? Those chocolate covered ones were my kryptonite on road trips.

They are nowhere near as good as homemade or Entenman’s, but there was something totally addictive about them.

And they were the only donut I thought of when I first got this donut pan.

But these are even better. They’re baked and whole wheat and still completely covered in a crispy chocolate shell. Crunch.

These probably won’t keep you from getting cavities, but they’re at least a little bit healthier.

Chocolate Dipped Donuts

Makes: 6 donuts from a standard donut pan


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, sunflower, safflower, or coconut)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flaxseed.
  3. Stir in the oil, almond milk, and vanilla.
  4. Drop batter into greased donut pan, and bake 11-13 minutes or until they spring back when touched.
  5. Let the donuts cool completely.
  6. Once donuts are cool to the touch, melt the chocolate (either in a double boiler or slowly in the microwave, stirring every 20-30 seconds) until the chocolate is completely smooth.
  7. Carefully drop the donuts, one at a time, into the melted chocolate and turn them over to coat them completely.
  8. Set the donuts on a silpat or parchment paper and let them sit until the chocolate is set.
  9. Serve once the chocolate has hardened. Store in the refrigerator.

19 Responses to “Chocolate Dipped Donuts”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I love that this is baked instead of fried. It’s not like I’m trying to be healthy, I just hate hauling out the oil and the deep pan for frying. I’m lazy, but I will never be lazy for these baked donuts dipped in decadent chocolate. Yum!!

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:40 am

      i have never fried donuts at home! that’s next on the list :)

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    Jenn (eating bender) — March 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yummm! Love the look of this recipe (I’ve never tried baking donuts but imagine they are amazing) and also loved the story behind it. I am a born sweet tooth, as well, and my friends and I used to take bike trips to the gas station for the specific purpose of buying candy. :)

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    Tammy — March 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my!

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    Life's a Bowl — March 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Great alternative to the heavy and greasy donuts [although we all love something sinful once in a while] :D First I need to get a donut pan, but I would def have to bake these for an event, otherwise they’d all likely end up in my belly!

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:40 am

      yeah…it’s a good thing i only made 6!

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    Amanda — March 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    MMM yes, those donuts were my favorite when I was a kid. I have a donut pan and need to try some gluten-free chocolate dipped donuts. YUM!

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:40 am

      you should! i bet some coconut flour donuts would be awesome.

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    these chocolate baked donuts are PERFECT! i’ve been holding off on buying a donut pan, but what am i waiting for? your recipe looks so incredibly simple. i can’t look a these pictures anymore, it’s making me hungry! donuts for lunch is acceptable, right?! ;)

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:41 am

      yes. donuts for lunch is always okay :)

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Awesome! These look delicious. And I think my kids would probably go nuts for them with a few sprinkles sprinkled over top while the chocolate is still sticky. I reeeeeaaaally need a doughnut pan! :D

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — March 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    My coworkers were just talking about donuts this morning so I can only imagine how much they would love me if I brought these in to the office! I love that these aren’t fried and use whole wheat flour! And only 2 Tb sugar? How awesome! Can’t wait to give them a try– now I just need a donut pan!

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:41 am

      get one! you’ll love it!

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    janetha — March 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    i love baked donuts! these look great, brandi!

    • admin replied: — March 28th, 2012 at 2:41 am

      thanks janetha!

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    Teacher Girl — March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Must. Get. Donut. Pan. Now!

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    Megan — March 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I need to try the chocolate dip. I always end up making a chocolate glaze, but these remind me of the Entenmann’s doughnuts – guilty pleasure!

    I rarely floss… too much fuss… but my hygienist always thinks I have. I guess flossing every now and then and the two days before a dentist appt works!

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    Shannon — April 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

    love a good crunch ;) these look fantastic!


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