Enjoy some delicious glazed chocolate donuts without breaking your diet! Our chocolate protein donuts only look sinful, they’re made with healthy ingredients, are high in protein, and are dairy free, gluten free, and soy free!
Sometimes a girl just needs a good donut, amiright?
But if you’re trying to eat healthier, it can get a little tricky. On one hand you don’t want to break your diet, but you still want to enjoy delicious treats now and then, too.
We have the perfect recipe for you: healthy Chocolate Protein Donuts!
Our chocolate protein donuts are made completely dairy free (yay!) and depending on the type of chocolate brown rice protein powder you choose, they are also gluten free and sugar free. These are healthy enough for breakfast, too, unlike their sugary, store-bought cousins.
Whether you have these delicious dairy free Chocolate Protein Donuts for breakfast or a snack, these will satisfy your chocolate cravings in a healthy way.
Read on for tips on how to make our chocolate protein donuts (don’t forget the printable recipe card is at the end of the post!).
How to make chocolate protein donuts
It’s pretty easy to make our chocolate protein donuts, you’ll just want to keep a few things in mind:
- These will try to stick to the pan (even in non-stick pans), so make sure that you spray oil on the pan. Silicone pans would work great for this recipe since it’s easier to get the donuts out of silicone pans!
- Make sure to get the spray oil on the middle part of the donut pan (the part that creates the donut hole) as well.
- Put the donuts in an airtight container soon after they cool so they won’t dry out.
Run a plastic scraper along the edges and inside the donut. I use the flat-ish end of my plastic orange peeler to loosen donuts from the donut pan, it works perfectly!
You’ll want to stick with a plastic tool to loosen up your donuts if you’re using a non-stick pan, or metal silverware or tools will scrape off the non-stick coating and damage it.
We used regular rainbow sprinkles for these protein donuts since that was what I had on hand, but you can make your own keto rainbow sprinkles or you can buy some dairy free and sugar free sprinkles on Amazon.
I’ve also included a recipe for regular sugar free glaze in the recipe card notes if you don’t want the protein glaze. The photos of the donuts have the regular sugar free glaze and not the protein glaze, so the protein glaze will look just a little bit different.
What protein powder can I use for these donuts?
I used the NOW Foods chocolate sprouted brown rice protein powder since it’s natural and very fine so it’s not gritty in shakes or baked goods. But you can use any brown rice protein powder that you’d like in this recipe and it should work great.
Just make sure to pick a brown rice protein powder that’s completely sugar free if you’re avoiding sugar.
Other types of protein powder might work okay in place of the brown rice protein powder (such as pea protein powder or a vegan protein blend), but I haven’t tried this recipe with those powders.
I will say that whey protein does not work in place of brown rice protein powder in recipes, and vise versa. Brown rice protein powder and whey protein can’t be used interchangeably, so these won’t work if you try to use whey protein powder in this recipe.
What makes our protein donuts healthy
Our chocolate protein donuts are made with healthy ingredients, are dairy free, soy free, and peanut free!
They’re a great source of fiber and healthy fats as well.
Check out the health benefits of some of the ingredients in our chocolate protein donuts:
Brown rice protein powder
Brown rice protein powder is a great alternative to whey protein or soy protein if you have food allergies. Depending on the brand you get, it’s usually gluten free as well and there are great brands that are organic, too.
While brown rice protein powder is an incomplete protein (meaning it doesn’t have all the essential amino acids), if you pair it with pea protein, the combination is a complete protein and provides all essential amino acids.
So if you’d like a “complete protein donut”, use a brown rice protein and pea protein blend!
Ground flaxseed is a great source of omega 3 fats, fiber, and phytonutrients. It’s also great as a binder in recipes (a binder keeps flours “glued” together so they don’t crumble apart) so it works with the egg to help the protein powder bake up nicely in the absence of gluten (another binder).
Flaxseed also adds a bit of fat to recipes so it will help keep baked goods moist and not dry. Flaxseeds are best eaten ground rather than whole, so this is a great way to incorporate them into your diet.
Check out our other sugar free dessert recipes!
Looking for something faster and still high in protein? Check out our 3-Minute Protein Mug Cake!
How do you count this on Portion Fix?
* If you'd like a regular sugar free glaze and not a protein glaze, follow this recipe: - 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons confectioners Swerve For Ultimate Portion Fix, I'd count one serving as 1 red and 1 yellow.
Sugar Free Protein Glaze*:
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 Tablespoons water or coconut milk
Serving Size: 1 donut with glaze
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 25.6gFiber: 7gSugar: 2.3gProtein: 10.4g
* If you'd like a regular sugar free glaze and not a protein glaze, follow this recipe:
- 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons confectioners Swerve
For Ultimate Portion Fix, I'd count one serving as 1 red and 1 yellow.
Sarah Jane Parker is a food and healthy living blogger at The Fit Cookie, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, YogaFit Level 1 certified yoga instructor, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.