How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

In case you have a sweet tooth, it is difficult to go on a diet because you are always tempted to binge on sweets. As a lover of all things sweet and tasty, one thing I’m sure everyone misses is donuts. Donuts are creamy, delicious, and the best way to indulge your sweet tooth. However, all of this makes them incredibly unhealthy and hence, not something you can have on a keto diet. However, what if I told you there was a way you could have donuts while on a diet? By making donuts using healthy supplements, you can make them keto-friendly. Such donuts, referred to as protein donuts, are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth and stay on track while dieting. 

How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

What are Protein Donuts?

These clean Protein Donuts are fantastic for people with a sweet tooth and want to stay healthy. They use healthy ingredients such as protein powder, oats, oat flour and almond meal. Not only are they healthy, but they are also super delicious with nut butter ‘frosting’ and some refined sprinklers on top. 

Are Protein Donuts Keto-friendly?

Most donuts come with large quantities of refined sugar and fat, making them unhealthy and something you need to avoid while on a keto diet. Since sugar and flour carry with them a lot of carbs, they are usually extremely carb and fat heavy, making them the wrong food choice. However, if you substitute the oil with baking, honey in place of sugar and use protein powder instead of flour, you get protein donuts. Protein donuts are a lot healthier than usual donuts because they replace all the unhealthy ingredients with much better ones. Also, the best thing about them is that they are easy to make. So, do you want to know how to make protein donuts? Here’s a look at how to make a batch of delicious protein donuts which are keto-friendly.

How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

Tips to make Keto-friendly Protein Donuts

  1. Make sure you use good quality protein powder, instead of relying on refined flour, to reduce carb content of the dough.
  2. In case you want a simple tasting donut, go for Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for the dough, as they do not taste overpowering at all. These donuts are moist and simple, without tasting too much like artificial protein powder.
  3. If you prefer vegan donuts, use plant-based protein powder, such as NOW Foods Vanilla Plant powder. The only issue when using this plant-based powder is that the donuts come out a little bumpy, instead of being smooth like when you use ordinary protein powder.
  4. Instead of using sugar, go for healthier natural alternatives such as stevia.
  5. Also, if you want something more natural, you could opt to use maple syrup or honey in the mixture.
  6. Another great powder you can try out, instead of regular flour is Egg White Protein Powder, which also tastes great. In case you opt for this powder, the only other ingredients you will need are egg whites, and 2 tablespoons of oil to make sure the batter comes out smooth. 
  7. Also, the other great thing about making these protein donuts is that they can be made in different ways. You can change up the recipe however you want to create separate batches that contain different ingredients. Get creative with your recipes and add your favorite tidbits to the batter such as fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and sprinklers. 

How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

Healthy Substitutions for the Protein Donuts

  • Try using almond, soy, coconut or cashew milk instead of regular milk to reduce fat and carb content in the donut batter.
  • Substitute honey with maple syrup in case you don’t like the taste of honey.
  • Instead of using animal-based oil, go for more natural options such as coconut oil, olive oil or even avocado oil.
  • Make use of high-quality protein powder or whey protein powder in place of flour or refined flour.

How to make Keto-friendly Protein Donuts

 Servings: 8 donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons nut butter as frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325F
  2. Take a bowl and whisk the almond meal, protein powder, oat flour, baking soda and powder well together. 
  3. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add the wet ingredients and stir profusely. 
  4. Once the batter gets somewhat thick, add a little bit of milk and make sure it doesn’t help clumpy.
  5. Keep adding the milk in small quantities till you get a thick and smooth batter.
  6. Spray the donut pan with either cooking spray or coconut/olive/avocado oil to prevent the mixture from sticking
  7. Spoon the mixture into a Ziploc bag and cut its corner off to get a sort of pipe
  8. Now pipe the donuts into your pan and bake them for around 15 minutes till they turn golden brown
  9. Allow them to cool and then add the frosting of your choice!

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 288kcal
  • Total Fat 21g
  • Cholesterol 42mg
  • Net Carbohydrates 14g
  • Protein 10g

How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

Ingredients for Different Flavored Protein Donuts

Blueberry Pie

  • Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • Coconut Butter Frosting

Apple Spice

  • Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Powdered pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apples
  • Cashew Coconut Butter

Mocha

  • Vanilla Whey Protein
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely ground espresso
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Whey Protein
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate 
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter

How to Make Delicious Keto-Friendly Protein Donuts

Add the different flavoring agents as given above to make batches of delicious flavored donuts which are healthy and sumptuous. Also, in case you have a nut allergy, use sunflower seed flour instead, and they will still turn out great. However, avoid coconut flour as it tends to make the batter too moist, resulting in soggy donuts. Use these additional flavoring agents to create different varieties of protein donuts which are keto-friendly. What is your favorite keto-friendly protein donut flavor?

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