Banana Mini Donuts

by Joanne on February 8, 2010

Fitness first.  Today’s workout was energized.  It must have been the extra carbohydrates ingested from all the Super Bowl food.  The plan was a 30 min. run + 30 min. weights + 30 -40 min. walk.  The result was a 4 mile run (36 min). 35 minutes of weights, chest and biceps and 49 minutes of walking (a jog here and there) with Shane (3.38 miles).  It felt good AND it’s a Monday. 

Then Monday happened. Everything came crashing down.  I’ll just mention one thing and spare you all the other details.  My left hamstring began a pulsating pain.  Darn!  That’s my weak point when I start pushing my runs.  I’m going to try to ignore it and hope that on Wednesday, my next scheduled run, it will feel better.

Another drawback to running is that it might just cost you money.  They say it’s one of the least expensive sports, well, read on and see how it can tap into your wallet.

A few weekends ago, I was on the treadmill for a long time running away the miles and watching Info-mercials.  Remember I told you I was a sucker for the BigBossGrill?  That’s where running tapped my wallet….$$$$$


So far we have tried the waffles for Ted. They were wonderful.  Today, I made Banana Mini Donuts following the recipe in the book for Apple Donuts but changing it to suit our tastes. 


This is my recipe:

    3/4 cup all purpose flour
    3/4 cup whole wheat flour 
    1/4 granulated sugar
    1/2 tsp salt

    1 TBS baking powder
   3/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 cup REAL Maple syrup
    1 large egg
    1 mashed over ripe banana
    1/2 cup canola oil
    1/4 cup yogurt (I used Low Fat “Banilla” by StonyField Farms)

Directions using the BIG BOSS GRILL

Preheat Big Boss with inserted donut plate

DSC_3363 DSC_3364 The red light comes on when the grill is hot and preheated…


In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and spices.  In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, banana, egg, oil, and yogurt.  Stir into dry ingredient and mix well.

Fill each donut cup with 1 TBS of batter (batter is thick). Close lid and lock. Cook 5 minutes.  Allow donuts to cool before removing from pan.

Add a maple glaze if desired (powdered sugar, maple syrup, and water to desired consistency).



These mini donuts were so good and so easy.  Did you note they only took 5 MINUTES TO COOK?!!! Amazing. I love my new gadget!  BUT… if you don’t have a Big Boss and don’t want to add to your gadget collection, I also used some of the batter and baked in a 375 F oven for 15 minutes.




I don’t want to sound like an “Info-Mercial” but this grill is super.  It comes with grill plates, omelet plates, sandwich plates, griddle plates, waffle plates, and donut plates.  I can’t wait to post some of the future recipes I come up with for this grill. 

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

Homemade Mini Donuts on FoodistaHomemade Mini Donuts


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  • At 2010.02.08 20:36, Melissa Peterman said:

    Hi Joanne!

    What a great alternative to banana bread! I would love to have you add your recipe to Foodista, this is such a great idea!

    • At 2010.02.08 22:44, Sara said:

      haha, Nick’s dad also gets sucked in by those infomercials. He always has a new gadget whenever we go visit. though, I can’t lie, delicious donuts in 5 minutes is super tempting.

      • At 2010.02.09 06:32, Joanne said:

        Melissa: Thanks. I will

        Sara: I’m never watching another infomercial. I can relate to Nick’s dad.

        • At 2010.02.09 06:55, Joanne said:

          Be careful with your hamstring! You don’t want to seriously injure/pull anything (I speak from experience). Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. And then, while you’re at it. Stretch again!

          This donut maker looks amazing! I’m pretty sure it’s going on my birthday wish list. You have just made my parents two very happy people :p

          The donuts sound delicious!

          • At 2010.02.11 16:17, kilax said:

            We have a donut tin and have been looking for the perfect recipe. I will have to try this! Thanks!

            • At 2012.12.17 20:48, Carmen Smith said:

              It’s ok. My waffles never turn out…donuts were a bit dry. Omelets were egg-cellent!

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