Easy Protein Donuts

These easy, simple and healthy vanilla protein donuts are gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened. Baked to perfection they make a great snack or healthy dessert! Choose from a healthy chocolate glaze or classic vanilla glaze to decorate!

overhead view of six vanilla protein donuts with chocolate and vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

The Best Protein Donuts

 

I’ve always been a huge fan of donuts. But over the years I’ve enjoyed them less often because 1. they usually contain dairy, and 2. they are sugar bombs. While I’m all for indulgence in moderation, I just don’t ever feel good after eating a regular donut. These protein donuts are a game changer.

They have a perfect cake-like consistency that’s soft, chewy, and pillowy, are wonderfully sweet (but not too sweet), and secretly pack a protein punch! This makes them a great snack during the day (even for pre- or post-workout!), or a nice dessert in the evening that won’t leave you feeling wired before hitting the hay. 

overhead view of Simple Vanilla Protein Donuts on a cooling rack iced with chocolate and vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

Health Benefits of Adding Protein to Desserts

 

When it comes to protein, there’s ample health benefits to this essential macronutrient.

Specifically, adding protein to desserts (like these donuts), is a great idea as the protein helps to balance out the carbohydrate content, slows the release of sugars into the bloodstream (which can help prevent sugar cravings), and lends to the feeling a satiation

Whether it’s donuts, muffins, chocolate barsbanana bread, or another sweet favourite, the addition of protein is what brings these desserts from just-a-regular-sugary-dessert, to a still delicious, but healthier option! 

Side view of Simple Vanilla Protein Donuts on a cooling rack with chocolate and vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

What are protein donuts made of?

 

Protein donuts can vary in ingredients and overall protein content. A simple google search will show you there’s a big variety of protein donuts out there. Some are made with whey protein, others with plant-based protein. 

Some protein donuts contain regular all-purpose flour, and others, like mine, use gluten free flour blends. There are also grain-free protein donuts that use other flours like almond or coconut, but these typically have a higher fat content. 

Side view of a Simple Vanilla Protein Donut with chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles

How to Choose the Best Protein Powder

 

When it comes to choosing a good protein powder to make my simple vanilla protein donuts I recommend paying attention to the following, as not all protein powders are created equal!

  • Choose a protein powder with no artificial ingredients. Some brands add in artificial sweeteners (like aspartame), or artificial colours or dyes. These are best to be avoided. 
  • Go with an organic protein powder. Non-organic protein powders can contain genetically modified ingredients, so look for one is specifically organic. 
  • Pick between natural organic whey protein (if you can tolerate dairy) or plant-based which can include rice protein, pea protein, or a blend of several plant proteins. 

My favourite brands include: Orgain, Genuine Health, North Coast Naturals, and Organika. 

overhead view of flatly of ingredients for simple vanilla protein donuts

Ingredients in Simple Vanilla Protein Donuts

 

To make these delicious donuts you only need a handful of common pantry staples. You’ll be surprised at how delicious these protein-packed treats taste even with simple ingredients. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gluten free baking flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour)
  • Vanilla protein powder (I used Genuine Health vegan)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Olive oil
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Egg
  • Pure vanilla extract

baked simple vanilla protein donuts in a pink silicone donut mould

Steps To Making Baked Donuts:

 

To make these donuts you need to follow a few simple steps. You’ll also need a silicone donut pan like this one!

1 Preheat the oven to 325F and lightly grease the silicone donut pan with olive oil.

2 Add dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. 

bowl of ingredients for simple vanilla protein donuts

3 Add in wet ingredients and stir until smooth and no lumps remain (don’t over-mix).

mixed batter for simple vanilla protein donuts in a large mixing bowl with a white spatula

4 Add the batter to a piping bag or large ziplock bag with the corner cut and pipe the batter into the donut cavities to 2/3 full.

piping batter for simple vanilla protein donuts into a pink silicone donut mold

5 Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool. 

6 Remove cooled donuts from silicone mold and decorate as desired! 

Can you freeze protein donuts? 

 

Yes! Freeze the baked donuts before decorating with icing, glaze, sprinkles etc. 

When you are ready to enjoy simply remove from the freezer, thaw on a plate on the counter (or in the microwave) until soft, then decorate as desired and enjoy! 

 

Have you ever tried protein donuts? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

overhead view of six vanilla protein donuts with chocolate and vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

Easy Protein Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These easy and simple protein donuts are healthy, baked, gluten free, dairy free, and packed with protein! Decorate them however you desire!

Ingredients

Protein Donuts:

  • 2/3 cup gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour (or regular all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (see product recommendation and recipe notes)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspooon pure vanilla extract

Healthy Chocolate Glaze (optional):

  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 heaping tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk

Vanilla Glaze (optional):

  • 2/3 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 325F and lightly grease the donut pan with olive oil. Add flour, protein powder, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
    2. Add in the maple syrup, oil, almond milk, egg, and vanilla, and stir until smooth and no lumps remain, be careful not to over-mix.
    3. Add the batter to a piping or large ziplock bag with the corner cut and pipe the batter into the donut cavities to 2/3 full (alternatively you can spoon the batter into the pan but the piping makes a rounder edge).
    4. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.
    5. Remove cooled donuts from silicone pan and decorate as desired!
    6. To make the chocolate glaze simply whisk all the ingredients together in a shallow bowl until smooth then dip the donuts into the glaze.
    7. Repeat the same process for the vanilla glaze.
    8. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Notes

**I highly recommend either the Genuine Health or Orgain protein powder but you can choose whatever protein powder you like! See additional notes in blog post.

**Do not use a coconut based protein powder, or collagen, as the result will not be the same!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 donut, plain
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Have a great day!

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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