Chocolate Frosted Donuts

Chocolate Frosted Donuts...hese tender baked donuts are delicious and quick and easy to make. This chocolate ganache is super easy and always perfect. | Pick Fresh Foods

When I was a kid, having donuts was always a special treat. Sunday after church, if we were lucky we’d get to stop at the bakery and get to pick a donut.

You can only imagine how hard it is for a kid to pick one donut. This didn’t happen too often, so it was a big decision to make. We’d stand at the counter looking at everything they had to offer.

My choice was almost always the chocolate frosted donut. I’d try a glazed or a sprinkle, but the chocolate one was my favorite. It’s the best of two things I love…bread and chocolate. 😀


Chocolate Frosted Donuts...These tender baked donuts are delicious and quick and easy to make. This chocolate ganache is super easy and always perfect. | Pick Fresh Foods

I loved this little bakery and it was near my high school. So, when I finally was driving some days I would leave the house a little early to stop and get a donut and milk for breakfast before school.

Of course, this was back in the day when I had a super high metabolism and could eat anything and everything.

Chocolate Frosted Donuts...These tender baked donuts are delicious and quick and easy to make. This chocolate ganache is super easy and always perfect. | Pick Fresh Foods


Thankfully, I figured out to make a donut a bit healthier. First, I bake them and then I use great ingredients like white whole wheat flour and a little Greek yogurt.

I’ve said it many times…I love using white whole wheat flour. It is a whole grain and it has a lighter texture and flavor compared to whole wheat flour.  Whole grain flour is so much better for you than all-purpose flour.


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Whole grains are awesome because they are grains that are intact with their bran and germ layers.

The bran is fibrous and full of B vitamins, antioxidants, iron, since, magnesium, and fiber.

Then the germ layer has more B vitamins and antioxidants, vitamin E, and unsaturated fats.

You also get the endosperm, which is mostly starch and some protein. The endosperm is the only part of wheat used to make all-purpose flour.  So, you can see how whole grain would be better 😀


Chocolate Frosted Donuts...These tender baked donuts are delicious and quick and easy to make. This chocolate ganache is super easy and always perfect. | Pick Fresh Foods

Since these are baked they have a lower fat content than traditional fried donuts. The best part is now I can eat a whole pan without feeling guilty.  Just kidding!  That could have easily been 16-year-old Cindy, but this Cindy knows better 😀

Is it weird to talk about yourself in the 3rd person form? Yeah, maybe a little 😀

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What matters is these baked chocolate frosted donuts are so quick and easy to make. They are so tender and delicious plain, but make these extraordinary by dipping them in some easy to prepare chocolate ganache.

This is my go-to chocolate ganache recipe. It always produces silky smooth chocolate.


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Chocolate Frosted Donuts
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Serves: 12
For Donuts
  • 1 cup (120g) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp skim milk
  • ¼ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon with a whisk.
  3. In a small bowl beat one egg. Add milk, yogurt, vanilla and whisk until throughly combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and butter to the flour mixture. Stir with plastic spatula to combine ingredients.
  5. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Fill each well ¾ full with batter.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and cool slightly before dipping in ganache.
For Ganache
  1. In a medium saucepan bring heavy cream to a slight boil over medium high heat.
  2. Once bubbles begin to form along sides, lower heat to low and add in the chocolate chips.
  3. Whisk chocolate and cream together until chocolate chips are melted.
  4. The ganache will start off a very light brown and darken into a silky mixture.
  5. Remove from heat and cool before dipping donuts.


I broke the nutrition down into a single donut and the chocolate ganache separately….

NutritionLabel-Plain Donut

 Chocolate Ganache Nutrition 

NutritionLabel-Chocolate Ganache




  1. Hey Cindy.. These doughnuts look AHHHMAZING.. love the fact that it is baked and not fried… Just Perfect!!! :)

  2. YES bread and chocolate, like what more could anyone want? These are amazing, I can’t believe they are baked! You definitely nailed the texture and flavor, but without the extra unhealthy stuff. Pinning this!

    • Exactly! I think I could survive solely on bread and chocolate. These are amazing! Thanks for Pinning Mary Frances 😀

  3. Wow! These look straight out of a bakery! I used to LOVE the vanilla sprinkle donuts as a kid and can still taste that familiar flavour. I really need to get myself a donut pan!

    • Thanks Allison! I love baked donuts. You get great flavors with a lot less calories. You definitely need a donut pan too 😀

  4. I love using white whole wheat flour – it’s such a staple at our house! These donuts look awesome – I love the classic flavor. I still have yet to buy a donut pan – maybe soon!

    • Isn’t white woke wheat great?! I love it! I never wanted a donut pan, but my daughter got it one Christmas and I took it over :D. It’s awesome!

  5. These donuts look amazing, Cindy! That frosting is just calling my name. I always went for the chocolate ones when I was little too, so these are right up my alley. And I love that you made these healthier with whole wheat flour and greek yogurt. Pinned!

    • Thanks Gayle! These are great! They are light and the chocolate is amazing 😀 You’re awesome…Thanks for Pinning!

  6. Wow, your Ganache looks beautiful.

  7. I’ve always loved chocolate old fashioned or chocolate donuts best, and these look the best! I only do baked donuts around here, which leaves plenty of room for indulgent toppings like that luscious chocolate ganache…my favorite!

    • It’s hard to pass up a chocolate frosted donuts. Making a baked donut saves so many calories over a traditional bakery donut and definitely leaves room for this delicious ganache. Thanks Marcie 😀

  8. These look so good Cindy! I always chose chocolate donuts over anything else too, they really are the best. I love how shiny that glaze is, I’m craving a chocolate donut now! At least these are healthier 😉

    • I still am drawn to those chocolate ones every time I pass a bakery. This chocolate glaze is delicious! I definitely don’t feel guilty having these. Thanks Danielle 😀

  9. These donuts look realllly, really good. Love the chocolate glaze.

  10. Love that these are baked, and I use white whole wheat in EVERYTHING as well :) An easy way to up the health factor of any baked good! The ganache is gorgeous, love the glossy sheen they all have.

    • You are so right! Just that one change from all-purpose to www makes a big nutritional difference and there is barely a noticeable difference in flavor or texture. Thanks for your comment Medha 😀

  11. These doughnuts look amazing! I got sick of eating doughnuts a couple of years ago when I was working in Tim Hortons (a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain), but am now craving them again!

    • Thanks Cathleen. It would take some crazy amount of will power to work in a donut shop and not want donuts all the time. Funny, I worked at an Italian restaurant and still love their food. Maybe I have more will power than I thought 😀
      These donuts are delicious! Hope you give them a try.

  12. I live very doughnuts and cream filled ones are my favourite :)

  13. Mmmmmmm, donuts! And since you created a healthier donut, does that mean we can eat 2? …3? Hahahaha

  14. Just gorgeous! I totally want to reach right through the screen and snag one (or three …)! And you know I love how you worked in whole grains and Greek yogurt – perfect ways to amp up the nutrition without sacrificing one bit of decadence! Loooove it! 😀

    • I think every little bit helps and the changes make me feel a little less guilty eating a delicious treat. Thanks Shelley!

  15. I’m not going to lie and tell myself that I can eat 5 of these in one sitting. But I’m so impressed that you managed to make the donut just a bit healthier. Baked, not fried is huge. Was watching that Donut show on the Food Network and the contestants frying up the donuts and thought to myself…..not gonna eat those anymore!

    Baked, not fried is key I think and yours looks so delicious!

    • The baking does make a huge difference in fat and overall calories. I still love bakery donuts, but try to avoid them since I know how they are made. It just kills me that some are over 400 calories for just one donut.
      These are really delicious and the chocolate makes them amazing! Thanks Laura 😀

  16. huntfortheverybest says:

    they look delicious!

  17. Chocolate frosted was always my donut of choice as a child, too. There used to be a little donut shop/breakfast place in our neighborhood when I was growing up and I loved going there to get a half-dozen donuts (or a toasted cream cheese bagel). : ) I started making baked donuts with my son a while back and it’s so fun – they’re just so pretty to look at and baking them at home is definitely a lighter way to go.

    • Thanks Monica 😀 It’s hard to pass up a good chocolate frosted donuts. I love that you make donuts with your son. My son is all for watching and eating. I’m working to get him a lot more involved.

  18. These look amazing! I love baked doughnuts!

  19. These donuts look amazing! Love that chocolate glaze!

    • Thanks Jess 😀 The chocolate is delicious! I was preparing it and thinking of all the ways I could use this wonderful creation.

  20. They look AH-mazing Cindy! Pinning.

  21. These look delicious. I have a huge craving for doughnuts now.

  22. I never know donuts could be healthy and this is definitely something that needs to be pinned! *-* LOVEDDDDDDD it and that chocolate ganache frosting!!!!! It looks sooooooo smooth and shiny, I almost want to swim in it! <3 No, I think, I'll eat them by the spoonfuls instead or add extra spoonfuls on my donuts!!!!! Yummmm!

    • Ha, Samina you’re awesome. That chocolate ganache is decadent! I too wanted to just eat spoonfuls of this wonderful frosting.

  23. Ohhhh yum!! Healthy donuts?! Yes please!! YUM! These look delicious! That chocolate ganache looks delightful!!

    • I just love baked donuts and the whole white wheat is fantastic in these. Good to know there are some great nutrients in these little treats 😀 Thanks Cailee

  24. that. freakin. CHOCOLATE. looks to die for Cindy, I dunno how you didn’t drag your finger across every single one!! and when I was a kid a chocolate croissant with a yoo-hoo from our local bagel store was my post-church snack, figured I’d share that too :)

    • Oh, Christine you have no idea how hard it was to restrain myself. I do love chocolate and this is so shiny it’s just asking to be eaten. 😀
      I love croissants and a chocolate one sounds amazing! Great…now I want one 😀

  25. I have a weakness for chocolate frosted donuts too! Love that you baked them and used white whole wheat flour. They look amazing!

  26. You are so right, it is way too hard to pick just one donut! My favorite was always the chocolate covered ones that were stuffed full of custard! You really can’t go wrong with donuts though! I love that you used whole wheat flour and baked them! That means I can eat 10, right?! I want one right now!

    • Yum, I remember these ones that were kinda long with chocolate frosting and they were filled with some custard. Not sure what they are called but they are heavenly. I haven’t seen those in a while. Of course! a healthier donut means you can eat more, right? Just not in one sitting 😀

  27. Having a donut is still a treat for me :) These look so yummy. Pinning!

  28. I knew that I shouldn’t have come over here to check out your recent recipes! Now all I want is one of these donuts!

    • Haha Ashley. I’m glad you came over for a visit. I just can’t apologize for these donuts being so amazing. They are just so great. 😀

  29. These donuts look amazing Cindy! Love that you made them healthier :) I am a sucker for baked donuts – especially chocolate frosted ones and would probably want to eat this entire batch :)

    • Thanks Kelly! They are so delicious. My kids had huge eyes waiting to eat these. Thankfully, they didn’t go crazy and I was able save a few 😀 That chocolate is delectable!

  30. You have done it now! A healthier chocolate glazed donut!!!! Yuummm! Donuts after church were a favorite treat of mine growing up too. I always got the chocolate cake.

    • I love a chocolate cake donut. I make some baked dark chocolate donuts and those are so great. I’m always looking for way to make my favorite treats a little healthier and still taste great. These got positive reviews from all my tasters 😀

  31. Cindy these chocolate glazed doughnuts look so delicious. I wish I can eat them right now!!!

  32. I love how you used white whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt in these! Baked donuts are the best. I haven’t made any in a while, and I’m wishing I had one of these right now!

    • Thanks Kristine, I love the white whole wheat flour. My kids don’t seem to notice. So, with no complaints I just keep using it. I get a little flack using the greek yogurt. They can’t taste it, but when a baked good is soft they ask if it has yogurt in it. Haha. Silly kids.

  33. White whole wheat flour all the way! It’s the only kind of flour I’ll use, simply because it’s so tasty in any baked good and SO healthy for you! You totally nailed these donuts, Cindy. I wanna dip a finger in that awesome-looking choc glaze!

    • Thanks Sarah. I’m a firm believer that little changes make big differences in your nutrition. Using white whole wheat flour is an easy change 😀

  34. You just can’t go wrong with the classic chocolate frosted! These look great!

  35. I love putting Greek yogurt in my donuts, they turn out so moist, and I will have to give white whole wheat a try. Your donuts look super yummm, and that glaze is so shiny and perfect!

    • The greek yogurt is awesome. This is only the second time I have used it in my donuts and I really love how they make them so moist and tender. Definitely, try the www, I don’t think you can tell the difference 😀
      Thanks Denise!

  36. Love how you lightened up these AWESOME donuts! Pinned!

  37. These look amazing and I’d bet they taste any better. I love that they’re also actually healthy (or, healthier, at least)! I love using whole wheat flour.

  38. We loved having donuts after church on Sundays, too! But even better would be to have a whole batch of these at home!


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