Triple Chocolate Donuts

Mornings seem to go so much better when you start out with a great breakfast.  These Triple Chocolate Donuts will wake you up in no time.

Triple Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts

My husband just laughs every time I made donuts and say they are for breakfast.  He says donuts are wrong because they are not an acceptable breakfast since it is basically cake.

Well, if that’s wrong, I never want to be right :-)  I love my donut pans and have had so much fun creating fun breakfasts for our kids.  Let’s be honest…most times those donuts don’t make it to breakfast anyway.  So, we should just call them snack.

Triple Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts

 I realized the other day that I hadn’t made donuts in a while.  Since Spring had forgotten about us and snow was coming down like crazy, I decided it was a donut kind of a day.  These Triple Chocolate Donuts are a combination of two recipes I made a few years ago – Chocolate Mint Donuts and Chocolate Zucchini Donuts.  Both of those are excellent donuts to go with too BTW.

Triple Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts

 My youngest has all of  a sudden become the pickiest eater.  He doesn’t like anything that he used to.  In fact, all he wants to eat is Ramen…and we all know how healthy that is.  Yuck!  But if that means he is actually eating something, then I will let him.   Most mornings he refuses to eat breakfast because he isn’t hungry.  Then he eats half his sandwich at recess because he is starving.  I’m not sure what to do with him.  One week he likes something, and then the next week he won’t touch it.

I am claiming a small victory because he actually ate one of these for breakfast.   They have Chobani greek yogurt in them, so it has a sight health benefit, right?  Maybe I just need to offer chocolate coated health food more often ;-)

Triple Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts

 These donuts are so easy to mix up and bake.  Once you make your batter, spoon it into a big ziplock bag and cut one corner off.  It makes it so much easier to fill those donut cavities with a bag instead of a spoon.  You also want to make sure they are filled at least 3/4 full.  They will bake up and be this nice puffy cake donut.

donuts in pan

One thing to note:  these chocolate donuts are even better the next day.  Keep them stored in a sealed container and they will absorb the moisture from each other making them more dense.  When they come out of the oven on the first day, they will be light like a muffin.  So definitely give them a day to “ripen”.  That is if you can resist the urge to eat them.  I like to make them up the night before, so they are ready to be eaten first thing in the morning.

So, do you feel like donuts now?   I know I am feeling the urge to go make another kind today.

Triple Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts


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Triple Chocolate Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 donuts

Triple Chocolate Donuts

Chocolate donuts with chocolate chips and a chocolate glaze will wake you up in the morning.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
2/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
8 oz. melting chocolate (CandiQuik)


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, nutmeg, and flour. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla, egg, and yogurt and cream again.
  2. Alternately add the flour mixture and coffee until everything is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Spoon the batter into a large ziplock bag. Cut the tip off one corner and squeeze into the donut pan cavities. Fill at least 3/4 full. Bake at 375* for 9-10 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  3. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions. Dip the tops of the donuts and top with sprinkles. Let set. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 3-4 days. Makes 15 donuts.

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