Avocado Chocolate Donuts

Do you like donuts? Specifically, avocado chocolate donuts?!

Dark chocolate glazed donuts on a rack

What makes these donuts so special?

Silly question, I know, but I had to ask.  

Because today is the day that we all enjoy donuts, so I think you’ll wanna buckle up and spend the next few minutes with me.

Okay so maybe we don’t all actually get donuts, but I’ll give you this delicious recipe and then you can make donuts and eat them!

But first, you should know that this recipe is extra special.  And that’s because it was the 2nd place dessert winner for the American Heart Association’s Take Avocado to Heart recipe contest!  

And the reason it won is not just because it’s a delicious donut, but because YOU all voted!  

I seriously cannot thank you enough for being such great supporters of The Gourmet RD and all of the yummy things that come along with it.  

Thank you thank you thank you!

Dark chocolate glazed donuts on a rack
Dark chocolate glazed donuts on a rack

How to make avocado chocolate donuts

Whew!  So much excitement!

So now I can tell you what makes these donuts delicious (I did promise delicious).  They’re

  1. Made with triple dark chocolate: dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips AND they have a chocolatey ganache on top.
  2. Super moist and remind me of the richest chocolate cake out there (no joke).
  3. Super adorable and have crispy, crunchy toppings that we all love.

And other good things:

  1. Made with oat flour, so they’re packed with fiber and are also GF.
  2. Packed with avocado in both the cake and the ganache (and even if you don’t love avocado, you don’t even know it’s there).  It makes the cake extra rich and tender, promises.

There are plenty more reasons to love these donuts, but I think you should be drooling right now.

Dark chocolate glazed donuts on a rack

Yes to donuts!


Avocado Chocolate Donuts

Baked dark chocolate donuts made with whole grain flour and avocado with a dark chocolate avocado glaze.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10-15 mins
  • Total Time: 20-30 mins
  • Yield: Makes 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American




  • 1 ½ cups oat or whole wheat flour*
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • ½ medium ripe avocado, mashed (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios or almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a donut baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat avocado and egg, until smooth. Add sugar and olive oil and beat until smooth. Once fluffy, whisk in milk and vanilla extract until incorporated.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients while beating on low. Increase the mixed speed to medium and beat until well incorporated. Use a spatula to stir in any remaining dry mixture on the sides or bottom of the bowl.
  5. Pour batter into each well of the prepared donut pan about ¾ of the way to the top (about ¼ cup in each), but not covering the donut hole center. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool. Flip them onto a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave dark cacao for 30 seconds on high. Stir until fully melted. Use hand mixer to beat in avocado on high until very smooth, then beat in milk. Pour a tablespoon of glaze onto each donut. Top with nuts and/or coconut and serve.


Cooking Tip: You can also use whole wheat pastry, all-purpose or gluten free all-purpose flour.


  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 138mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg

Keywords: baked, without yeast, without butter, with donut pan, gluten free, whole wheat

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