Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts

Chocolate Frosted Baked Doughnut

Doughnuts are usually one of those ‘calorie bombs’ that people trying to lose weight are encouraged to choose sparingly, if at all. Not surprising, I suppose, since they’re basically deep fried cake coated in frosting. Buying a doughnut pan last year totally changed my perspective on incorporating doughnuts into my diet. Baked doughnuts are delicious! So far I’ve made Peanut Butter & Jelly doughnuts, Lemon Poppyseed doughnuts, Strawberry doughnuts and Spice doughnuts, but I realized recently I’ve been totally neglecting chocolate doughnuts! I decided that situation needed to be remedied STAT, so here you go: a chocolate doughnut dipped in chocolate and finished off with a fun dose of sprinkles. These baked doughnuts are lighter and fluffier than their deep fried counterparts, but they are a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving. The doughnut part is good, but the melted chocolate chip frosting is what makes these great, at least for me. Now you can have your doughnuts and eat them too!

Chocolate Frosted Baked Doughnuts

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Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts

Yield: 6 doughnuts

Ingredients:

Doughnut Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons agave nectar or corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450. Lightly mist a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add the egg, milk, vanilla, oil and applesauce and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Using a spoon or piping bag, evenly distribute the batter mixture into the spaces in the doughnut pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and drizzle the oil and agave nectar over the top. Microwave in 20 second intervals until chocolate is just melted (do not overcook). Add vanilla and stir until smooth. Quickly (before the chocolate sets) dip the top side of each doughnut into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to spread if necessary. Before the chocolate sets on the doughnuts, top each one with a half teaspoon of rainbow sprinkles.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 doughnut) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 5 SmartPoints/ Purple: 5 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per doughnut (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
150 calories, 23 g carbs, 12 g sugars, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from Prevention RD

Chocolate Frosted Baked Doughnuts