Clean Eating Protein Donuts are the perfect healthy snack for those who have a serious sweet tooth! Made with simple ingredients and totally delicious!
A couple of weeks ago I was perusing my favorite local kitchen equipment store when I spotted this Wilton donut pan. I picked it up.. and thought to myself “Do I really need this?” I then came to my senses and quickly realized.. yes, I absolutely do need this! About an hour later, I was in the kitchen experimenting with how to make healthy donuts.
Donuts are one of those things that most people (including myself) go crazy over. And I can’t really blame them. There’s just something about the combo of the fluffy pastry, with the sugary frosting or glaze that makes you want to eat a whole dozen by yourself. But, as I’m sure you all know, donuts are loaded with refined sugar and fat (not the good kind). So what’s a girl to do? Simple.. swap out the frying for baking, the sugar with honey, the flour with protein powder… and a few other tweaks. Easy, and delicious!
In case you didn’t know – today is in fact National Donut Day (Yes, this is a real thing). I’m celebrating by taking this unhealthy treat and turning it into a protein-packed snack. So far I have made: Blueberry Pie, Apple Spice, Mocha, Chocolate Peanut butter , and Chocolate Coconut. I’ve loved them all and you will too. Grab your donut pan and lets get cookin’.
- 1 cup almond meal
- ½ c oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ c Protein Powder of choice ( I like Vanilla Whey)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ¼ c coconut or almond milk
- Mix all of the above ingredients together. (Mix should be somewhat thick, but if it is clumpy or very difficult to stir, add in a little more milk or water. )
- Spray your donut pan with coconut oil very well so that they won't stick.
- Spoon your batter into a ziploc bag, cut the corner, and 'pipe' donuts into your pan. (Note: If you are adding berries, or large chunks of anything - DON'T add to the batter before hand.. instead just press them into the batter once it is in the pan. Otherwise it will be too difficult to pipe out.)
- Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool + top donuts with coconut butter as a 'frosting' or 'glaze'.
Things we used for this recipe: donut pan, almond meal, whole wheat pastry flour, Vanilla Protein Powder, honey, coconut oil
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can get so creative with it. You can use whatever protein powder flavor you’d like, and throw in your favorite add ins (fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, etc). I shared my favorite flavor combos below.
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Whey Protein, 1/3 c finely chopped dark chocolate (These taste like peanut butter cups, and if you haven’t tried About Time’s Peanut Butter Protein.. you’re seriously missing out.) Frosting: Chocolate Brownie Sweet Spreads
There are endless possibilities for what flavors of donuts you can make – so have fun with it! Make sure you share your creations with us on Instagram!
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