These soft baked chocolate protein doughnuts are melt in your mouth delicious! If you need an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, this is it! This recipe is simple and easy and made with wholesome ingredients and packed with protein.
- Almond flour - this is the base of the protein doughnuts. If needed, you can substitute for gf 1:1 flour.
- Protein powder - Any type of protein powder will work in this recipe. Ideally, use a chocolate flavored one to amplify the chocolatiness of these doughnuts! I used this chocolate multi collagen protein powder.
- Maple syrup - used to add a touch of sweetness these doughnuts. Date nectar or honey are ideal substitutes.
- Eggs - this is how we get the doughnuts to rise in the oven. I haven't tried a vegan version of this recipe and I don't recommend using flax eggs in place of the eggs.
Step by step directions
These protein doughnuts are SO easy to make! Like one bowl type of easy. You'll need a mixing bowl and a doughnut pan for this recipe. I use this doughnut pan in all of my doughnut recipes and it's great!
Step 1 : Mix the wet ingredients
Start by whisking together the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix well until the eggs are fully broken up and the color is a soft yellow.
Step 2 : Fold in the dry ingredients
Next fold in the almond flour, protein powder, cacao powder, and baking powder. Mix until no flour clumps remain. Be careful not to over mix this step though.
Step 3 : Fill doughnut pan
Grease your doughnut pan with oil and fill each cavity with the batter. You can do this with a pipping bag, a zip lock bag with the corner cut, or simply use a spoon to spoon in the batter.
Fill each cavity about ⅔ of the way full and tap the pan on the counter to level everything out. Bake in the oven until they have risen. You should be able to touch them at this point and feel that they are done. Let cool in the pan before removing.
Step 4 : Glaze and sprinkle (optional)
This step is optional but I personally believe a doughnuts isn't really a doughnut without a glaze and some sprinkles.
Make sure your doughnuts are cool before adding the glaze or you will have a mess on your hands.
To make the glaze simply melt the chocolate with a little coconut oil until it's silky smooth and thin. Dip the top half of each doughnut into the melted chocolate and allow the excess to run off. Add the sprinkles on top while the chocolate is still wet so they stick. Let the protein doughnuts set before digging in!
There are many ways to top a doughnut! If you're looking for something different, here are a few more options:
- Drizzle with nut butter. Chocolate and nut butter just go together. If you can't be bothered to melt some chocolate, simply drizzle some of your favorite nut butter over top of each protein doughnut.
- Use coconut butter. Melt some coconut butter and either drizzle it over top or coat the top half of each doughnuts in it, similar to the chocolate coating.
- Try a "classic glaze". I used this in my vanilla glazed doughnuts. This is definitely a sweeter option but gives the protein doughnuts a classic glazed doughnut look.
- Greek yogurt. I know, this one is a little a-typical but hear me out. Spread a little plain or vanilla greek yogurt on top of each doughnut. This adds even more protein to the treat and gives it a super creamy texture. Kind of like a doughnut parfait in every bite!
These chocolate protein doughnuts keep really well and maintain their moisture! Whatever glaze you decide to put on your doughnuts, allow it to dry completely before storing to prevent a mess.
To store, place the doughnuts in an airtight container - like a Tupperware or ziplock bag. They will keep for up to 5 days on the counter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this recipe is made gluten-free. Almond flour is the base of the doughnuts and I used Ancient Nutrition protein powder which is also gluten-free. Make sure to double check that your protein powder is gluten-free if needed.
If needed you can substitute the almond flour with gf 1:1 flour.
Yes! If protein powder isn't your thing, simply omit it from the recipe and add another Tablespoon of cacao in its place.
Use whatever protein powder you typically use in smoothies or shakes, just make sure it's chocolate flavored! I used a collagen protein powder which has a great subtle chocolate taste (not chalky).
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