Clean Eating Protein Donuts are an easy, high protein treat. Made with simple ingredients, they’re gluten and dairy free while being totally delicious!
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These Clean Eating Protein Donuts are perfect for people who have a serious sweet tooth but want to eat healthy. They’re made with minimal ingredients like protein powder, oat flour and almond meal. 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!
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. 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.
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:
- Blueberry Pie: Vanilla Whey Protein, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon 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??
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). The possibilities are basically endless! I hope you love this healthy treat as much as we do!
Things we used for this recipe:
- donut pan
- almond meal
- oat flour
- baking soda
- baking powder
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- coconut oil
- coconut butter or Strawberry Pecan Butter (For frosting)
Clean Eating Protein Donuts
Looking for an easy, high protein treat? These Clean Eating Protein Donuts are the perfect healthy snack for those who have a serious sweet tooth! Made with simple ingredients, they're gluten and dairy free while being totally delicious!
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 4 tbsp nut butter (optional, to use as frosting)
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!
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 296, Total Fat: 21g, Total Carbs:17g Total Protein:11g
P.S. Here is what the plant based donuts looked like.. not super pretty, but they tasted yummy!
Click here to view these nutrition facts on My Fitness Pal.
Love donuts? Try our Healthy Chocolate Coconut Donuts!
Or these Healthy Cappuccino Donuts