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Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Donuts

Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Donuts | thefirstyearblog.com #donuts #breakfast #chocolate
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing labor day. I feel like I did just the opposite, instead of relaxing, I “labored” on labor day. Oh gosh, not that kind of labor, I just mean that I worked. Since I had the day off from nannying, I was able to create some new fall recipes and photograph those for the blog. Although I did have to work, I suppose I can’t complain because I did get to enjoy the fruits of my labor, which were these donuts! I’m not sure why I think of them as rocky road donuts, because rocky road doesn’t have any coconut in it. It must be the almonds and chocolate that have my brain thinking rocky road, or maybe my brain is hinting that I should make a rocky road donut.

It’s no secret, we love baked donuts around here. However, I would really like to try my hand at fried donuts. But I have this awful nightmare that I would start a fire in my kitchen and burn down the house. A large pot of hot oil seems like a disaster waiting to happen. But my husband, the resident chemist, is trying to convince me that making fried donuts is perfectly safe, as long as I don’t have any flammable chemicals nearby. Good thing I keep my flammable chemicals in the bedroom. Ha, just kidding. Ryan keeps them at lab. If you’ve tried making fried donuts, leave me some tips please! Should I dig my hazmat suit out of the closet?

Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Donuts | thefirstyearblog.com #donuts #breakfast #chocolate
We went to our city’s corn festival last weekend and Ryan was eyeing the deep fried oreos. He ended up getting them after walking by the stand a few times. It was terrible seeing him eat those delicious gluten filled deep fried balls of oreo goodness. I think I am going to have to get over my fear of frying something so I can make my own gluten free deep fried oreos and of course fried donuts. But for today I’ll stick to the oven and these delicious double chocolate coconut almond baked donuts.

Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Donuts

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 donuts


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • Chocolate Ganache and Topping
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
  2. Take the sliced almonds and break them into smaller pieces by using your fingers. Do the same with the shredded coconut, break them into smaller pieces. Combine the almonds and the coconut in a shallow bowl, set aside for later.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, butter and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.
  6. For the chocolate ganache: Combine the chocolate and oil in a shallow microwave safe bowl and microwave on 60% power, stirring every 30 seconds for about 2 minutes. You do not want the chocolate to be too runny. Let the chocolate sit for a few minutes so it can thicken before you dip the donuts into the chocolate. Dip each donut into the chocolate, allowing the excess to fall off. Let the chocolate covered donuts sit for 2-3 minutes on a cooling rack before dipping them into the coconut and sliced almonds.
  7. Dip the donuts into the almond/coconut mixture, slightly pressing the donut into the mixture so the chocolate is completely covered.

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  1. Fried donuts aren’t that scary and are a fun treat from time to time. Baked donuts are a little less of a mess and easy for any day of the week. I would love one of these with my coffee this morning :)

  2. I would definitely take these over a deep fried oreo. I am a hue almond and coconut fan.

  3. Beth, you did it again!! These donuts look amazing, as always! Pinned :)

  4. These donuts look amazing! I’m so loving the chocolate ganache and topping in here. Definitely my kind of treat!

  5. Oooh gotta love the donuts! Its funny, in Australia our rocky road often has coconut in it… so your not wrong after all! :)

  6. You are speaking my language. lady! Donuts for life ;). I was totally reminded of rocky road as well, ha. Either way, they look absolutely amazing!!

  7. You come up with the best donut combinations! These look so good!

  8. I love that these are baked Beth! I bought a donut pan a while back and only used it once to make chocolate chip donuts and haven’t been able to find another recipe that I like. So these look awesome! Will have to try soon. My lil’ guy will be in heaven :) Have a great weekend!

    • Katya, you need to find a permanent spot on your counter for that donut pan – I am obsessed with donuts!

  9. This looks so good! I wish I still had a donut pan – I left mine in England! Lately, I’ve just been doing fried donuts and it isn’t too bad. The dough is sticky and that can be frustrating (for me at least) to deal with, but the frying part isn’t so bad. I recommend getting a deep fryer or a thermometer. Before, I was just eyeballing it in my cast iron skillet and my donuts would come out burnt on the outside and raw on the inside or completely grease soaked from cooking in the oil too long. I use a thermometer to control the heat now and that helps tremendously, but I would love to invest in a deep fryer one day. Saying all that (my comment is becoming a novel now!) I would rather just get a donut pan because baked donuts are so much better for you and I can justify making them more frequently… or maybe that’s a bad thing??

    • Haha! As I want to make fried donuts you want to make baked donuts, maybe we should just swap donuts :) – If I venture into frying donuts I’ll take your suggestion and get a thermometer.

  10. I love how we call baking “work” when for the rest of the world, it’s just a form of enjoyment or stress-relief! Funny the way food blogging works. ;) Chocolate donuts are my favorite kind! Especially the kiddie ones from the donut stores with rainbow sprinkles on top. I’m positive I’d polish off your entire batch — no shame! And ohmygoodness your man is a chemist?? I was too! I was in organic chemistry before blogging, so I’m always excited to hear about others’ chemistry-related lives. I’m such a geek at heart. :)

    • My husband always tells me that chemistry and baking/blogging are a lot of like – I guess your putting your skills to good use!

  11. These look absolutely divine, Beth! I’ll take a dozen!

  12. You know what’s kept me from making donuts? The fear that I’ll eat them all. This guy here has no will power. But now that I’ve seen this stunning creation, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist.

    I know what you mean about resting… even on the holidays when it should be mandatory, I find something…a project, a blog post… to work on.

  13. I made donuts for the first time today, and now I have the bug. Adding these to my “to make” list!

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