Clean Eating Protein Donuts are an easy, high protein treat. Made with simple ingredients, they’re gluten and dairy free while being totally delicious! Use vegan or whey protein. Better than any pre-made protein donut from Shark Tank or online!
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Plus they have a delicious nut butter ‘frosting’ and even some sprinkles for good measure!
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!
How to make Protein Donuts:
Making protein donuts is easy. Mix all your ingredients, pour them in a greased donut pan, and bake! That’s it! When you’re finished ‘frost’ them with your favorite nut butter!
Helpful Tips for Making Clean Eating Protein Donuts:
- These donuts come out the best when you use whey protein powder.
- I used this Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. They come out perfectly moist, and I don’t think they have that protein-y taste.
- To make vegan: I used a plant based protein powder. This NOW Foods Vanilla Plant Protein worked great, but the donuts came out a little bumpy on top, rather than being smooth.
- My favorite protein powder is this Egg White Protein Powder.
- It’s affordable, and only has one ingredient – egg whites! When I tried this the first time, they came out too dry. I would recommend adding 2 extra tablespoons of oil for best results.
Substitutions for these Healthy Protein Donuts
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).
- Milk – Any milk can be used in these donuts – regular dairy or non dairy (almond, soy, coconut, cashew, etc)
- Honey – You can substitute honey with maple syrup
- Oil – Coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil or avocado oil will all work in this recipe
- Protein Powder – See above for tips to bake with protein powder. I like to use whey protein powder in these donuts but any protein powder should work.
I also have tested these with a few different flavor combos that are DELISH! You can use the recipe as a base and sub ingredients to make these flavors:
Healthy Protein Donut Flavors:
Here are some of the flavors I’ve tried:
- Blueberry Pie: Vanilla Whey Protein, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 cup blueberries (add at the end and just push into the tops of the donuts) Frosting: Cake Batter Coconut Butter
- Apple Spice: Vanilla Whey Protein, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, pinch of cloves, 1/2 cup finely chopped apples (add apples at the end and just press into the tops of the donuts Frosting: Cashew Coconut Butter
- Mocha: Vanilla Whey Protein, 1/2 tablespoon finely ground espresso, 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate. Frosting: Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter
- Chocolate Peanut Butter: Chocolate Peanut Butter Whey Protein, 1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate Frosting: Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter
Now.. who’s ready to make some donuts??
Storing Protein Donuts:
Storing: We recommend storing these protein donuts in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Freezing: You can freeze these protein donuts in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Other delicious healthy donut recipes:
We have a couple other healthy donut recipes on our site, as well as these Healthy Protein Muffins.
Clean Eating Protein Donuts
- Preheat oven to 325
- In a bowl, whisk together almond meal, oat flour, protein powder, baking soda + baking powder. Stir in wet ingredients. The batter should be somewhat thick, but if it is clumpy or difficult to stir, add a little more milk or water.
- Spray your donut pan with coconut oil or cooking spray
- Spoon batter into a ziploc bag, cut the corner off, and 'pipe' donuts into your pan.
- Bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
- Allow donuts to cool + 'frost' with nut butter of your choice!
- These donuts come out the best when you use whey protein powder. I used this Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. They come out perfectly moist, and I don't think they have that protein-y taste.
- To make vegan: I used a plant based protein powder. This NOW Foods Vanilla Plant Protein worked great, but the donuts came out a little bumpy on top, rather than being smooth. See photo below. I think these also tasted great, but they do have a little bit of a protein like taste. Sub 1 egg for a flax egg and swap honey with maple syrup
- My favorite protein powder is this Egg White Protein Powder. It's affordable, and only has one ingredient - egg whites! When I tried this the first time, they came out too dry. I would recommend adding 2 extra tablespoons of oil for best results.
P.S. Here is what the plant based donuts looked like.. not super pretty, but they tasted yummy!