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Grainy Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

So it’s January, we’re all bundled up and the snow is blowing. And the cold makes us crave comfort foods to warm us from the inside out, such as sweet treats to soften the onset of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder totally exists). But you can’t have delicious and unhealthy treats, no sir. Because you’ve promised yourself that you would be good this year, or that you would lose some weight, or that you would only eat when you’re hungry (and not when you need comfort).

Who had the bright idea to have resolutions in January?!

Not to worry, as I have the perfect solution! These cinnamon and oat doughnuts, submerged in a basin of rich and dark chocolate, make for a healthy but sinful-tasting delicacy. Chocked full of heart-healthy oats and flax seeds, these doughnuts will be the kind of treat that you’ll even enjoy for breakfast!

My favourite part? The dark chocolate glaze is packed with loads of antioxidants! 🙂


Grainy Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze


  • 1 cup large flake oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup milk (or milk alternative)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 300F and grease a 6-piece doughnut tin. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, mix the oats until they resemble flour, and then add the flax seeds. Process until well chopped up, then add the salt, baking powder, and cinnamon and pulse a couple times to combine.
  3. Add the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Process until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared doughnut tins and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then carefully lift them and place them on a cooling rack. They should come out easily; if they don’t, use a butter knife to carefully remove them from the pan.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the chocolate chips and milk in a wide-rimmed bowl and microwave, for 10 seconds at a time, until melted when stirred. Once the doughnuts have cooled, dip them into the chocolate and garnish with shredded coconut if desired.

Allow to cool completely before serving.

Recipe adapted from the Oh She Glows cookbook.