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!
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’.Print
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 c oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 c AboutTime 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
- 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.
- 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 beforehand.. 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. 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
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.