Clean Eating Protein Donuts | Guest Post

Hi Friends! Today, I’m so excited to be welcoming Liz from The Clean Eating Couple to the blog! Her recipes are always simple to make and delicious. Be sure to check out her blog for more drool-worthy recipes like these protein donuts. I’ll be back with a new post on Monday!

A couple of weeks ago I was perusing my favorite local kitchen equipment store when I spotted a 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!

Clean eating protein donuts by The Clean Eating Couple! Click through to get the recipe for these drool-worth donuts. #donuts #recipe
(Chocolate Coconut before hitting the oven)

Donuts have gotten a bad rep over the past few years, but I’m 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’.

Clean eating protein donuts by The Clean Eating Couple! Click through to get the recipe for these drool-worth donuts. #donuts #recipe
(Mocha with coconut butter ‘frosting’ and a few sprinkles)
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  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 c oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2AboutTime Protein Powder (Coupon code: ‘CLEANEATING’ gets you 25% off… They have some ridiculously good flavors like Birthday Cake and Pumpkin Spice that I can’t wait to try in this recipe!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 c coconut or almond milk


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together. The mix should be somewhat thick, but if it is clumpy or very difficult to stir, add in a little more milk or water. This is the base for your donuts. Here is the fun part where you get creative. You can use whatever protein powder flavor you’d like, and throw in your favorite add ins. I used AboutTime Whey Protein Isolate for all of my donuts. See below for what I did for each of my flavor creations.
  2. Spray your donut pan with coconut oil very well so that they won’t stick.
  3. 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 beforehand.. instead just press them into the batter once it is in the pan. Otherwise it will be too difficult to pipe out.)
  4. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. I topped all of my donuts with coconut butter as a ‘frosting’ or ‘glaze’. My favorite brands are Essentially Coconut and Sweet Spreads.


  • Blueberry Pie: About Time Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 c blueberries, Frosting: Sweet Almond Essentially Coconut Butter
  • Apple Spice: About Time Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, pinch of cloves, 1/2 c finely chopped apples (would be good with walnuts too!) Frosting: Sweet Almond Essentially Coconut Butter
  • Mocha: About Time Vanilla Protein Powder (their Mocha Mint Flavor would also be delish!), 1 tbsp finely ground espresso, 1/4 c finely chopped dark chocolate. Frosting: Honey Pecan Essentially Coconut Butter
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: About Time Peanut Butter Whey Protein Powder, 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
  • Chocolate Coconut: About Time Chocolate Whey Protein, 1/4 c shredded unsweetened coconut, Frosting: Vanilla Cupcake Sweet Spreads

Clean eating protein donuts by The Clean Eating Couple! Click through to get the recipe for these drool-worth donuts. #donuts #recipe
(Blueberry Pie with Coconut Butter ‘frosting’)

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!

Elizabeth Falcigno is the co-creator of The Clean Eating Couple, fitness junkie, and health food enthusiast. She is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, with a B. S. in Marketing. After being fed up with feeling unhealthy, Elizabeth started to hit the gym, and change her diet. She never looked back. Now she spends her free time working out, creating new recipes and running The Clean Eating Couple’s website. She hopes that her clean eating recipes, and fitness advice will help inspire others to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.

Connect with Liz here: Instagram // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Blog

-Carly Paige

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    1. I love having a doughnut pan so that I can make baked donuts on the weekend. Liz’s recipes look to die for and I can’t wait to try myself!

  1. W.O.W these sound amazing! I love donuts and have always wished they could be more healthy. Thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! Nothing will ever replace a good ol’ fashioned doughnut, but these are great when you are trying to focus on healthy eating!

  2. Yum! The few times we’ve tried to use my doughnut pan, I have not gotten very tasty creations! I will have to give it another shot this fall. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You read my mind. I can’t either, which is why I usually make them and then give them away to neighbors after I’ve had one (or two)!

  3. I am a HUGE fan of doughnuts (the unhealthy kind 😉 ) I need to get my hands on a doughnut pan so I can make some of these!!

    1. Yes! Go to the store (or amazon) and get on ASAP! You’ll be so glad you did. Doughnuts are the perfect treat especially during fall time!

  4. This is AMAZING! Where did you get that donut baking pan? I need one of those because I am dying to make these! Thanks for sharing. Check us out and be sure to suscribe 🙂

    1. Hi Karen! I got mine at bed bath and beyond, but you can also find them on Amazon! I would suggest getting two, since most recipes call for a dozen donuts. Hope you love them!

  5. Clean, protein-packed donuts?! Sign me up! I can’t wait to try this recipe soon. I’ve never baked with almond meal, so this should be fun!

    1. I would totally support you in your mad dash to the donut pan. But seriously, you need to get one so that you can make these healthy treats at home!

  6. I absolutely love making homemade donuts! And using a combination of almond flour and coconut flour is my favorite. It just yields such a wonderful texture! As much as I love a good deep fried donut, I much prefer making my own at home!

    1. I am totally on the same page as you, Kat! Homemade donuts are ridiculously good, especially in the fall time. Enjoy!

    1. Me too! I haven’t tried it yet and I haven’t ordered any because I can’t decide which flavor to try first! The struggle is real 🙂

  7. I can’t believe they are protein donuts. They look so yum. Finally eating a donut won’t make me feel guilty. Thank you 🙂

  8. I love all the different variations – what a bonus. Its like me when I start experimenting. Might as well try this and that – because the mess has been made!

    1. I know, right? I love all of the different options that Liz gave. Problem is, they all look so good I don’t know which one to try first!

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