Guilt-Free Chocolate Donuts


A healthy, power-packed breakfast!

Makes: 12 donuts


  • 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cups oat flour (or just oats ground fine in a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, ground in a food processor
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs milled or ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbs Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup stevia for baking
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large food processor (or a bowl with a hand mixer will also work well) and blend.
  3. Add zucchini and chocolate chips to the bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the remaining ingredients, then pour into the food processor bowl and process until well-blended. Alternatively, mix with hand mixer for a couple of minutes.
  5. Divide mixture among 12 silicon donut molds. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

This recipe was adapted from a zucchini bread recipe that I love. While the zucchini bread by itself was good, it could easily be made better by adding some antioxidant rich walnuts, oat flour, and ground flax. Skipping the oil and will also make the heart and arteries much happier. As for the donut molds instead of a bread pan? Well, that’s just to make it look more breakfast-like! Plus, it becomes a single-serve grab-and-go that way.

I like to pair it with some mixed fruit to get a good, well-rounded breakfast. For a little icing, you could also melt some more dark chocolate and drizzle on top. I prefer to keep the sugars as low as possible, though, so I just keep mine plain and dunk in some coffee. Soft, delicious, and gentle on your heart and your waistline!

Published by Loren Miller

My name is Loren, and if you're on this page it means you care about your health and living a long and happy life, and that is something we have in common. I've been studying diet and health since 2008, when my grandmother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I started out wanting to know more about the link between diet and cancer, and it's turned into a passion that I will carry for the rest of my life. I am certified in holistic nutrition, and I will soon have my degree in journalism from UMass Amherst. Health and Wellness is my beat, as we call it in the world of journalism, and this website is my outlet. My passions are nutrition and cooking, and looking at health from a holistic perspective. After all, you are so much more than just what ails you. You are a whole, living, breathing, dreaming, beautiful human being with a unique personality and individual goals. Your health goes beyond just what you're eating or how you're exercising; it encompasses everything that makes up your quality of life. That's why I write about everything from diet, to recipes, to self-care, to motivation and mindset. Please join me on this health journey!

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