These banana donuts are a perfect grab and go breakfast to enjoy on a busy morning. They can also be made as low carb banana muffins.
Although these donut shaped banana muffins are quite tasty, they aren’t what I set out to make. These are a failed attempt to bake banana nut bagels. The finished product was sweet and has a muffin type consistency, very similar to a cake.
In fact, this batter would be well suited for a banana cake if baked in the right pan. I also suppose you could turn them into cupcakes. They just need some banana flavored cream cheese frosting to top them off.
Typically, I do not use real bananas in low carb recipes because they have a high glycemic index. However, the oat fiber has zero net carbs so there is room for higher carb ingredients. The banana extracts are good, but they are no comparison to the real thing.
To cut the carbs significantly in this banana donut recipe, I would try just one banana and a little banana extract. I’ve been eating one of these low carb banana muffins for breakfast.
At less than 10g net carbs per donut, it isn’t a lot of carbs for the morning meal. However, if you were to only use one banana in the recipe and add in banana extract, it cuts the effective carbs to about 5g.
I may try reworking the batter so the texture is more like bread rather than cake to get those banana nut bagels I wanted. And, I’m sure that I can get a more savory bread with a lower carb count.
These banana donuts were a nice mistake and even though it wasn’t what I was originally going for. I do want to work the batter into a cake or cupcakes. But, you can bake them in a cupcake mold for delicious low carb banana muffins with the batter as is.
I love cream cheese frosting, so if you add that to the muffins, you’ll have yummy banana cupcakes. These are certainly treats you could serve to your friends who don’t do low carb.
I’ve also made a delicious low carb banana bread that you can find here. It uses my basic low carb quick bread recipe as a base. Hopefully, I’ll find time to create the low carb banana nut bagels soon.
Low Carb Banana Donuts or Muffins Recipe
Low Carb Banana Donuts or Muffins
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup low carb sweetener or powdered erythritol
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia concentrated powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup oat fiber or a mix of coconut and almond flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 medium bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- Beat butter with erythritol and stevia until light and fluffy. Add vanilla.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Combine oat fiber, almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder then blend into butter mixture.
- Beat in mashed bananas.
- Fold in nuts, saving a few for sprinkling on top.
- Pour batter into greased donut pan (or muffin tins). Sprinkle reserved nuts on top.
- Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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About LisaLisa has been creating low carb recipes for herself and sharing them with others since 2010. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and find new ways to create low sugar foods that taste like high carb favorites! Her recipes have been featured on popular magazine sites including Fitness, Shape, Country Living, Women's Health, and Men's Health. Lisa lives in Southeastern Connecticut. Connect with her and Low Carb Yum at: