Banana Caramel Pecan Doughnuts {gourdoughs copycat}

These Caramel Banana Pecan Doughnuts are totally sinful – and if you’ve ever been to Gourdough’s in Austin you’ll understand why! This doughnut is a mini copycat of Gourdoughs Granny’s Pie Doughnut and it is one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had, and they are made so easy by using Pillsbury Biscuits!

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If you follow me (or any bloggers who attended BlogHer Food last weekend) on Instagram, you may have been overwhelmed with the amount of doughnut photos you were bombarded with. I apologize, because I know if it were me I would have been drooling all over my phone!

One thing I love about visiting new cities is trying out local food – especially the sweet variety. A few weeks before I left for Austin it was brought to my attention that there is an iconic doughnut shop there, called Gourdoughs. Actually, it’s an iconic food truck/trailer that’s parked in a stationary location. I could not wait to get my hands on one of their doughnuts.


They have so many varieties on their menu:

The Funky Monkey

The Mother Clucker

The Naughty & Nice

The Flying Pig

That last one? That’s a doughnut the size of a dessert plate frosted with maple syrup and topped with bacon. You may remember that I made Bacon Maple Cinnamon Rolls a few months ago based on the Bacon Maple Bar at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. I’m not saying which one is better, except that I wish I lived in Austin.

Banana Pecan Caramel Doughnuts by | A copycat of the famous Gourdoughs Granny's Pie doughnut!

Banana Pecan Caramel Doughnuts by | A copycat of the famous Gourdoughs Granny's Pie doughnut!

When a few of us decided to copycat some Gourdoughs doughnuts, I had the hardest time choosing which one to make. I wanted to make every single one. Finally, I decided on the Granny’s Pie…because well. It’s got pie in the name! I was so excited to try the Granny’s Pie doughnut and I was able to eat my way through it and several flavors at the Picmonkey PJ Party during the conference. OMG, I think I gained 25 pounds just that night!

Let me state: Gourdoughs doughnuts are the size of a dessert plate. I’m so not kidding. After eating my way through Austin last weekend (more about that to come in a few days!) I didn’t want a 6″ doughnut. So I made small ones instead. Then I can eat three.

These doughnuts are cheaters doughnuts. I used Pillsbury Biscuits (the small ones) but you can also use Grands. You simply cut out a hole in the center of each biscuit, heat some oil in a pot and fry the biscuits. Poof! Doughnuts!

And then, what makes these Granny’s Pie worthy are the toppings. Oh, the toppings.

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The toppings are what makes a Gourdoughs doughnut. On top of these Banana Caramel Pecan (Granny’s Pie) Doughnuts are:

1. Cream Cheese Frosting – is there anything better?

2. Graham cracker crumbs – the crust!

3. Bananas

4. Pecans

5. Caramel ice cream topping

Now that’s a lot of toppings! The marriage of the caramel and banana and frosting and pecans is one of those party-in-your-mouth moments. If you’ve ever had Gourdoughs and are craving one…or if you’ve never been and want to try them…try these.

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They won’t disappoint, I promise!

Banana Caramel Pecan Doughnuts {gourdoughs copycat}

Banana Caramel Pecan Doughnuts {gourdoughs copycat}


    For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits (either small or large, 8-10 count)
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • For the Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 graham cracker sheet, smooshed to make crumbs (I used my hands)
  • 1 banana, sliced thin
  • Caramel ice cream topping (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Chopped Pecans


  1. Make your frosting: beat cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer in a large bowl. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting comes together. Set aside.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan or dutch oven with oil so that it comes 2” up the sides. Heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees (I used a candy thermometer to measure it).
  3. While the oil is heating, line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Unwrap your biscuits and cut a hole in the center of each. Depending on the size of your biscuit you can use a small cookie cutter or the large end of an icing tip.
  4. Once the oil comes up to temperature, fry the doughnuts in batches. Place each doughnut in the oil, cook until the bottom is golden, flip with a spatula, and cook until the other side is golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove each doughnut from the oil carefully and place it on the cookie sheet. Let cool a few minutes before topping.
  5. Top doughnut: frost with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Top each doughnut with a few slices of banana then sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately.
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Want to check out some other Gourdough’s Doughnuts? Go see some of my friends today!

Gourdoughs Doughnuts Copcat Recipes

PB & J by Capturing Joy
Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust
Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky
The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) by Shugary Sweets
The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef
Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life
Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout
Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training
Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel
The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil
Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.
The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen
The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups
ODB by Sweet Treats and More
The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest
Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia
Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

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  1. HOLY MOLY, YES! These things look incredible!! wow!
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  2. I want this one! Dang it, we are going back. Clearly we didn’t try enough doughnuts!!!
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  3. Oh, super yum! I’m so excited to click around and see everyone’s fabulous recipes :)
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  4. These are so cute!! Thanks for organizing this! I had so much fun doing this!
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  5. I don’t have instagram, but my twitter was blowing up with pictures of donuts last weekend, and I definitely drooled everywhere. These look A.MAZ.ING. I may or may not have just arranged to go to Austin next month (from Michigan.) based on the “donuts the size of pies” thing alone :)
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  6. Bananas, graham crackers, caramel; doing this with all the other bloggers, both in person and then posting all about it – such a great thing!

  7. Christina Gathright says:

    Ahhh! All these amazing looking donuts! Love it!

  8. These look awesome Dorothy! Thank you for all of your hard work!
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  9. I wish I had tried this one!! They look so great!
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  10. Yes I drooled! All over my phone! Now I am doing it again! I love love love caramel on just about anything!
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  11. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    Ohhh, this explains all the donut recipes on Pinterest. I love donuts and that these start with refrigerated biscuits! So much easier and with all those amazing toppings, no one will notice or care. I don’t! And these pictures, these are some of my favorites ever. You did an incredible job photographing them. Pinning them for the photos and the recipe!

  12. Does it get better than banana and caramel? Looks so great!!
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  13. I literally want to go to Austin for these donuts alone. They sound incredible!
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  14. These are so cute!!! Mini = more. Also– super great with the canned biscuit dough! Can’t wait to try these!
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  15. For some reason I want a scoop of ice cream with this doughnut – is that bad? Love how yours turned out Dorothy!
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  16. My oh my do these sound divine!!

  17. Wow! These look absolutely incredible. Gourdoughs has the best doughnuts. PERIOD. Pinning!

  18. Uhhhhh this kinda sorta blows my mind! I love that you chose a donut with a crust :) perfection!

    And I only wish my grandma made awesome pies like this! Or donuts like this.
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  19. Holy gorgeousness! This looks like something out of a dream!

  20. Is it wrong I wanna go to Austin like…just for the donuts??

  21. I just love banana and caramel together!! What an absolutely perfect looking doughnut…I’m ready to go back to Austin now for more of those glorious doughnuts!!!
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  22. These are so darn cute!!!! Hey you dont have to feel guilty eating so many.. They have fruit and nuts.. thats

  23. These look amazing Dorothy!! I could seriously take a bite out of one right now! Thank you so much for putting this together for us!! :) xoxo
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  24. This looks so amazing and delicious!!!
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  25. I love how many of these donuts call for canned biscuits! Makes it so much easier to remake! These look fabulous! :-)
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  26. you are all KILLING me…donuts are my favorite food ever, and I want to eat every single one of them
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  27. I love that you made these mini! And they’re so pretty! You guys are killing me with the donuts – I want one of each!
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  28. OMG! These are insane! My mouth is watering just looking at these. :)
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  29. What an amazing flavor combination for doughnuts! These are incredible!
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  30. I’m loving all the copycat recipes!!! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!!!
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  31. Holy Moly. How did I not try this variety while I was in Austin?!? These look absolutely decadent, I think I’d eat 3 too ;)
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  32. Oh man Dorothy, these look bomb!! Seriously, I love banana and caramel together!!

  33. These sweet little doughnuts LOOK AMAZING! Drooling!
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  34. Dessert-plate sized donuts?! I’ll have to make a trip to austin just for these! And dude, these doughnut recreations are absolutely heavenly!
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  35. I think I need to move to Austin now! Or maybe next to you :)

  36. I miss those doughnuts!
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  37. Thank you so much for your hard work and those look killer!

  38. Because they have bananas, they’re automatically healthy — right?? :D

    I wish more donut stores around here made exotic flavors with fun toppings! I’m so used to the classic glazed, old-fashioned, or chocolate-with-sprinkles that I fail to realize how interesting other cities’ pastries can be. I want to go to Texas now! (Just maybe wait til the fall…)
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  39. LOVE your Granny’s Pie doughnuts, Dorothy! And, lovin’ all the Gourdoughs copycat doughnuts in my FACE today! Wish I could have met you in Austin, girl. Pinning to all group board possible! xo
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  40. OOH, these look so good, I love the flavor combo here! I tried the Funky Monkey while in Austin and it was good… but this sound even better! Or maybe they all just sound good now that I’m too far away to eat them! Great meeting you in Austin, although far too short a meeting!
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  41. serious YUMMY time!

  42. Loving all these copycat recipes!! And these are no exception! Yum :D
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  43. holy YUM. Ahhhh.
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  44. This is like my dream doughnut!!! I can’t even believe how good it looks! Then again, YOU made it, so I can :)
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  45. Omg this is my absolute FAVORITE flavor at Gourdough’s!!! I LOVE that combo of the banana, pecans, caramel and frosting…I think their cream cheese frosting is just the best I’ve ever had. So sugary and amazing!

    Your rendition of Granny’s Pie looks so. freaking. amazing. Love it!
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  46. I always shy away from desserts with banans in them, because the bananas always tend to be baked or fried… and for some reason I can’t stand it. But these ones… Love the fact that you have the au naturelle!! I definitely would want a bite of this!! Or two :)
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  47. These look totally gorgeous :-) I love banana and pecans together…am thinking a banana bread with pecans and chocolate soon!
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  48. I need to arrange a donut party for all these wonderful creations! This combination sounds out of this world good.
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  49. I was totally the one drooling all over my phone screen. These look amazing!!!

    Btw- I think comments may be disabled on your Bacardi Fudge recipe. Tried to comment but I couldn’t find the box…
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  50. These look so delicious! I would have wanted alot of donuts from their menu!! =)


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