Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Ricotta Donuts


First off, I want to thank everyone for their kind words about my post on Wednesday and for all the birthday wishes. Each one made me feel so loved!


The perfect way to start a Sunday.

Secondly, I totally get the whole “it’s not a donut if it’s not a deep fried roll of dough” after eating a delicious-probably-3,000 calorie bomb of a treat on Friday afternoon. My Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Ricotta Donuts are a nice fake-out alternative, however, since they are baked, gluten free and added sugar free. Well, minus the chocolate chips, I suppose.


Even better in a dish of ricotta cheese.

I didn’t do a very good job of Instagramming it, but I spent the weekend in Austin with A for my birthday. Thursday morning, I woke up to a tagged Instagram photo from Emily by a donut place in Austin called Gourdoughs with a note to bring her back one of everything. Walking to breakfast, we realized they also had a food truck with a location very close to our Airbnb.

Friday morning we went out for a run with the initial intention of running between 6-8 miles. We went to Lady Bird Lake, which had a 10-mile loop, and knowing that I had a 14-miler on my calendar at some point over the weekend, we just decided to go for 10. Since I’m bad with directions, we kind of ran an extra half-mile somewhere and were so close to 11 we just went finished there.

Long story short, we went to get coffee on our way out of town on Friday to go a brewery that A wanted to visit and then decided to walk around 6th Street a little bit. A looked at me and asked if we should just walk to Gourdoughs. I mean, we ran 11 miles and literally only ate yogurt and berries afterwards and I was one day to being one year closer to my metabolism slowing, so why not?

My indecisiveness came to a head when I had the option of like 50 different donuts (maybe only slightly exaggerated). We each chose two and then ordered for the other (except A could tell his initial order was not the one I truly wanted) and shortly I had a fried donut with grilled strawberries and fudge sauce sitting in front of me. And yeah, I ate the entire thing.


Things that happened: the full consumption of this donut.


“Sin-a-Bomb” was right.

This donut is not an indulgent birthday weekend donut. This donut is a healthy-let’s-stay-on-track-and-get-to-race-weight donut. This donut is a great option for a dessert after dinner or for breakfast with some yogurt because it’s pretty healthy while still tasting really good. I’m writing this on the plane back to SF and despite my feeling the need to juice cleanse tomorrow, I’m probably pulling one of these out of the freezer. You can’t have a Gourdough every day but one of these a day won’t make the scale budge in the wrong direction.


A healthy alternative to Gourdough’s.

Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Ricotta Donuts
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 12
  • 2 bananas, very ripe
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup sweet white rice flour
  • ¼ cup sorghum flour
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • ⅓ cup ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray a donut pan with coconut spray.
  3. Place all ingredients except pecans and chocolate chips into food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Fill each donut hole about ⅔ of the way full.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
  7. Keep in fridge for up to three days or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 donut Calories: 161 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 5 g

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday or great meatless options for Lent, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
What’s the most indulgent thing you’ve eaten lately? What is the best donut you’ve ever had? Do you find yourself being way more lax with your food choices on vacation and special occasions?

26 comments on “Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Ricotta Donuts

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Tina Muir on March 9, 2015 6:32 am

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry I forgot to say it on the dayyyyy! BBBAAAADDDD friend! I have written it down for next year! Glad you had a wonderful day my lovely, can’t wait to hear more about how things are going soon :) These sound AMAZING! I have asked for a banana pan for our wedding, and it could not come any sooner!!! see so many great donut recipes! YUMMMM! Would you please join us for meatless monday? :)
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Tina muir on March 9, 2015 6:33 am

hahahahah i meant donut pan, not banana pan!!!! Can you tell its early?
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Susie @ SuzLyfe on March 9, 2015 6:46 am

Super interesting and so creative! I’m glad that your birthday involved an awesomely over the top donut creation. There aren’t enough of those in this world! I hope that the rest of the day lived up to that!
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Erin @ The Almond Eater on March 9, 2015 6:51 am

Those donuts look bombbbbbb–yours and the ones at the donut place. I’ve never even been to Peace Love Little Donuts..isn’t that sad? What’s wrong with me? Now I’m craving one.

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Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy on March 9, 2015 7:56 am

That huge chocolate bomb looks amazing…but I must say, I think your homemade ones look just as good or even better! :)
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Pragati // Simple Medicine on March 9, 2015 9:19 am

I’m so guilty of vacation meal cheating. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to donuts (doughnuts?). I stick to chocolate frosting with sprinkles.
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on March 9, 2015 10:37 am

OH man I need that donut and the healthy donuts and I don’t even really love donuts that much. I feel like this post just set off a donut chain reaction.
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Joanna on March 9, 2015 10:39 am

this is a really interesting recipe. I love that it’s sweet, but still (almost) guilt free:)
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Kay @ Kay Bueno on March 9, 2015 11:26 am

Omg. Gourdough’s is the best name for that donut place ever.

Also these donuts look delicious, I should have stolen one.
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Alanna on March 9, 2015 1:45 pm

I’ve been dreaming of baked donuts for the past year and still have not made them…I love your recipe! I could easily pound one or five of these down no problem.
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Meg Bollenback on March 9, 2015 1:57 pm

Love the ricotta in this recipe…such a great ingredient to include in baked goods! Those “naughty donut” photos look ridiculously tempting, I must say! Glad you had a nice b-day.
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Rosie on March 9, 2015 4:26 pm

OMGolly this looks really delicious xx

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Kim on March 9, 2015 4:55 pm

Those donuts look amazing! I don’t have a donut maker, but I might try them as muffins!
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on March 9, 2015 4:57 pm

I’m a big time believer that there’s a time and place for baked goods from both ends of the spectrum. Sometimes I want something that’s a little more over-the-top, and sometimes I honestly want something that tastes healthier, so I’m a big fan of things like this. Glad you had an awesome birthday, Cassie!
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Candi on March 9, 2015 7:10 pm

These look amazing!
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Matt on March 9, 2015 8:21 pm


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Andi on March 9, 2015 9:05 pm

Chocolate and bananas are one of my favorite combos – I loved the idea of ricotta cheese to add a bite to these. They look less like donuts than really interesting cookies with a hole!
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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on March 10, 2015 9:13 am

Those look amazing!!! That is all I have to say.

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on March 10, 2015 3:38 pm

I would much much rather have your Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Ricotta Donuts than those deep fried 3000 calorie fried ones – anyday!

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on March 11, 2015 4:26 pm

Whoa, these donuts from Austin look kind of amazing… your donuts are definitely more waist-friendly! ;-) I love ricotta cheese – what a creative way to use it lady!
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Whitney Carney on March 24, 2015 8:37 pm

Yum! I have to make these SOON!
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:03 am

Let me know if you do :)

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on March 27, 2015 9:50 pm

Chocolate and banana are one of my favourite flavour combinations ever. These donuts sound way too good to pass up! Yum!
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 12:29 am

I don’t think anything goes better than chocolate and banana… than chocolate and peanut butter!

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Leo on February 12, 2016 8:19 pm

Panera actually has *decent pesirtas sometimes. But nothing like what you’re mentioning. I’m craving a good cinnamon roll right now!!!Nikki recently posted..[]

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