Peanut butter and chocolate really are a match made in heaven. This is always a combo I go to for anything when I don’t know what to have: breakfast, snacks.. you name it! A fun fact is I actually never liked peanut butter as a child. I always remember my dad having PB on toast and trying to convince me to have a slice. I have no idea why I was so adverse to it for so long – I now can’t stop myself spooning it out of the jar. I do have my favourites though, like we all do. Pip & nut has to be it in regards to baking but I also LOVE Pic’s peanut butter – a recent discovery of mine. It drizzles so well onto everything.
This recipe is one I originally created for a competition to become a recipe creator for a nut butter brand. I am so pleased to say I won! I have moved on from this position now, but it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the elegance and ease of this tasty bake. I have re-vamped it slightly from my previous recipe – but I do believe this to be even better – if I do say so myself!
Doughnuts are one of those things that everyone enjoys, am I right? There’s just something so appealing about them. Controversial, but I adore the alternative ones over the typical jam filled. The custard or the apple ones are my old pre-GF favourites. I can vaguely remember how the co-op ones taste. I may have to pop this onto my ‘to bake’ list. I can imagine the apple could be a basis for a lush Halloween treat.
Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t your typical doughnut either. Not only are they a peanut and chocolate flavour basis, but they are also baked. This gives them a texture that is more dense than a fried doughnut and also more representative of a cake. However, these are a lot easier to make and slightly healthier than the fried alternative. This particular recipe is also completely vegan but you’d never know!
The hardest thing about these doughnuts is resisting the urge to eat the whole batch in one. They are filling due to the use of nut butter, which contains healthy fats, but they are very addictive! Plus – my theory is the fact that they are ring doughnuts means they are better for you as they don’t have the middle. Makes sense, surely?
Peanut butter & chocolate chip doughnuts
- Doughnut tray (x2)
- Mixing Bowl
- Heat-proof bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Piping bag (optional)
For the doughunut base
- 62 gram Peanut butter Substitute: almond butter
- 20 grams Powdered peanut butter Substitute: almond flour
- 20 grams Golden syrup Substitute: maple syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
- 80 grams Vegan chocolate chips
- 1 large Banana Over-ripened is best
- 68 grams Plain gluten-free flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 100 ml Plant-based milk Recommendation: soya, GF oat, almond, rice or coconut
- Butter For greasing
For the chocolate and peanut butter topping
- 100 grams Dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 2 tbsp (Optional - to decorate) Runny peanut butter
- 5 (Optional - to decorate) Peanut butter cups Recommendation: Doisy and Dam nuttercups (vegan but 'may contain' for gluten)
To make the doughnuts
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (conventional) or 160°C (fan)
- In a bowl, mash the banana using the back of a fork
- Add in the peanut butter, powdered peanut butter, golden syrup and vanilla and mix together with the mashed banana
- Using a sieve, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and xanthan gum then continue to mix well
- Add the milk to the bowl and continue to mix until everything is combined
- Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips so they are evenly spread throughout the batter
- Grease the doughnut ring moulds with butter
- Either using a piping bag or a spoon, add the mixture in even quantities to the doughnut mould (making sure to keep about 0.5-1 cm from the top in case of rise)
- Bake for 18-20 minutes
- Remove from the oven and place the doughnut tray onto a heatproof surface to cool completely before removing the doughnuts from their moulds (~30 minutes)
Decorating the doughnuts
- Using either a Bain-Marie or a microwave, gently heat the chocolate and butter until melted (if using a microwave, make sure to only use 30 second bursts and stir intermittently to prevent the chocolate from burning)
- Remove the doughnuts from the moulds and dip the tops into the chocolate (tip: very slightly shake the doughnuts when upright to give a smooth and even chocolate finish)
- Once the chocolate has dried, drizzle over runny peanut butter onto the tops of the doughnuts
- Dip 1/2 a peanut butter cup into the leftover chocolate and then add to the tops of each doughnut (the chocolate will act as the 'glue'
- Serving suggestion: microwave for 20 seconds before consumption for best taste
- Storage: in an air-tight container for 3-4 days
- Freezing not recommended
- Calories do not include toppings