Everyone has a weakness. For Superman, it’s kryptonite. For me, it’s donuts…and chocolate… and tacos…and ice cream… and pizza…and cake. BUT donuts are number one. It seems like everyone is going for donuts these days, I guess they’re the new post-cupcake dessert trend. I swear every time I open Instagram there’s some beautiful sprinkle-covered circle of fried dough taunting me.
Personally, my favorite kind is the unsexy old fashioned, but I’ve never met a donut I didn’t want to eat (though there are some I wish I hadn’t). However, in case you haven’t heard, donuts are very bad for you. Good for the soul, horrible for the arteries. So, I try to reign in my donut consumption and save them for a special treat.
Special treats, though, don’t come often enough. Sometimes it’s a Wednesday night you just ate three donuts this past Saturday but someone you follow on Instagram posted a picture of a sinister-looking dozen from VooDoo Doughnuts and you feel like you might explode if you don’t GET A DAMN DONUT IN MY BELLY RIGHT NOW. A few moments like that inspired me to experiment a bit in the kitchen and see what I could come up with that resembled a donut but still easily fit into my macros for the day.
I can’t say they taste just like a donut (more cake-y, less fried goodness), but I’ve concocted a few protein donut recipes that are macro-friendly and satisfy my craving for a treat. Plus, I’m pretty lazy in the kitchen, so I promise these are super easy to make.
Vanilla Protein Donuts
(recipe usually makes 12 small donuts)
1 tbs brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
~1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I like to use 2 scoops of Tera’s Whey)
1 large egg
1 tbs butter (I recommend using Irish/European butter)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp of sweetener (I like to use stevia, but you can use whatever you like, including real sugar if it’s not a concern for you)
3/4 cup Kodiak Cakes pancake mix (I like to mix 1/4 cup of their buttermilk & honey kind with 3/4 their original protein one)
Dash of nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg and then combine with all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until any large clumps are gone – don’t overmix. Place batter into a donut baking plan (like this one) and pop the protein donuts in the oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven (you’ll want it to start to turn a little golden brown).
The Kodiak Cakes pancake mix is the key shortcut to make this recipe easy and fast – you can find it at most major grocery chains and Target (I’ll also post another donut recipe soon that doesn’t utilize Kodiak Cakes).
Nutrition Data & Toppings:
If you use the same ingredients as me and make the same size donuts (for 12 donuts total) , each “donut” is only 53 calories (5g carbs, 4g protein, 2g fat). So, there’s plenty of room to get creative with how you top them. Personally, I like using about a teaspoon of chocolate Jif Whips as a quick frosting. If you really want to amp up the protein, you can make a protein powder frosting by mixing two parts protein powder with one part confectioner’s sugar and then adding just enough almond milk to make it the right consistency. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try making a protein donut ice cream sandwich!