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Yummy Chocolate Protein Donuts [Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipe]

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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!

photo collage of chocolate protein donuts with text overlay

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. 

You may also like our healthy breakfast ideas, low carb, high protein cookies, or snack ideas as well!

homemade baked protein donuts on parchment paper

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. 

stack of chocolate donuts with sprinkles

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.

overhead photo of healthy protein donuts with rainbow sprinkles

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.

overhead photo of stacked donuts

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!

Flaxseed

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’re following the 21 Day Fix or Ultimate Portion Fix, I’d count one serving as 1 red and 1 yellow.

chocolate protein donut with vanilla glaze and sprinkles

You may also like our protein air-fryer blueberry bread or chocolate smoothie bowl!

Yield: 7 donuts

Chocolate Protein Donuts (Sugar Free, Low Carb)

Chocolate Protein Donuts (Sugar Free, Low Carb)

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 and soy free!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Donuts:

  • 1/2 cup granulated erythritol (like Swerve)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Stevia drops, to taste (I used about 1/2 a dropper)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons gluten free chocolate brown rice protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Sugar Free Protein Glaze*:

  • 3 Tablespoons powdered Swerve
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla (or chocolate) gluten free brown rice protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk or water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a large non-stick donut pan by spraying oil into each well of the donut pan (including the middle part that makes the donut hole). Make sure to oil the pan even if it's non-stick.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated erythritol/Swerve, eggs, oil, flaxseed, vanilla, coconut milk, and stevia drops. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown rice protein powder, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until a thick batter forms.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan about 3/4 full and smooth out the batter. Don't overfill these or they will be harder to get out of the pan.
  7. Bake for 14-15 minutes.
  8. Most donut pans are for 6 donuts, so you can take the little bit of extra batter and add it to a mini muffin pan or mini donut pan and bake it for about 12 minutes.
  9. Cool the donuts in the pan for about 15 minutes, then scrape around the donuts with a plastic knife to loosen the donuts and then remove the donuts from the pan. Cool completely before glazing.
  10. For the glaze: stir together the powdered erythritol, protein powder, vanilla, and coconut milk or water until a glaze forms. I made my glaze a bit thick, but you can add a little bit more coconut milk (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) until its the thickness you like.
  11. Top the donuts with the sugar free glaze and add your favorite sprinkles.
  12. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

* If you'd like a regular sugar free glaze and not a protein glaze, follow this recipe:

- 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons confectioners Swerve
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 Tablespoons water or coconut milk

For Ultimate Portion Fix, I'd count one serving as 1 red and 1 yellow.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

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

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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.

2 Comments

  1. These dairy-free protein donuts are calling my name! I just picked up a baked donut pan so this recipe is so happening! Thanks!

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