I’m still on that dark chocolate everything kick! I’ll be the first to say that there is nothing like a real donut but these dark chocolate protein donuts are a delicious and healthy alternative. They’re rich, soft, and high in protein. I’ve been on a baking kick lately because as usual my sweet tooth is in high gear and I just want to inhale treats all day. These are definitely better than killing a dozen donuts, which is completely possible for me.
Not all protein powder is created equal, especially when it comes to baking with it so make sure you use something has good reviews for that. I like to use Dymatize ISO 100, PEScience, or Muscle Pharm a lot when I’m baking but have heard great things about a few other brands. As much as I love Isopure protein, whenever I bake with it everything turns out super dry and crumbly. It’s also very flat, almost like it doesn’t rise at all. So just make sure that you use something that will bake well.
For a very long time I had the regular metallic donut pan and I absolutely loved it. Well, it would make donut shaped things so really, what’s not to love. A couple years ago my son gifted me the silicone version of this and I haven’t used the metal baking pan since then. I never have to worry about the donuts getting stuck or having trouble getting them out, especially if I forgot to spray the tin before putting the batter in. Which, I’m almost ashamed to say but welcome to my life, has happened more times than I can remember. There was also that one time I ran out of parchment paper and baked my cookies on wax paper. I figured since they looked almost identical that it would work. Yeah, well it didn’t and I had to scrape the bottom of the cookies off or eat wax paper. Lesson learned!
When it comes to frosting I try not to make it packed full of protein because the baked goods already have plenty. You’re definitely welcome to use a protein based frosting but I like using this recipe because it tastes the most like real frosting and it’s so low in calories that it’s the perfect topping. It’s also very easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand. This is the perfect addition to these dark chocolate protein donuts!Print
Dark Chocolate Protein Donuts
Rich, dark chocolate protein donuts to satisfy any sweet tooth!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 22 minutes
- Yield: 6 donuts 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: American
30 g chocolate whey protein powder (I used Dymatize ISO 100)
15 g coconut flour
15 g black onyx cocoa powder
15 g baking Stevia
5 g baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
75 g Fage non fat Greek yogurt
75 g liquid egg whites
75 g unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- In a bowl mix together the protein powder, black cocoa, coconut flour, baking Stevia, baking powder, and salt until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, egg whites, apple sauce, and vanilla extract.
- Add your dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture a little at a time until you have a nice batter.
- Evenly distribute the batter into the donut baking pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool, add your frosting and enjoy!
I used Dymatize ISO 100 Rich Chocolate but you can use any whey protein powder you have on hand. Please note that the nutrition may change depending on which type of protein you use.
You can also substitute the black onyx cocoa powder with regular cocoa or cacao powder but the color won’t be as dark. I also notice that the black onyx cocoa gives it a richer chocolatey taste.
- Serving Size: 1 donut
- Calories: 56
- Sugar: 1.7
- Sodium: 390.3
- Fat: .6
- Saturated Fat: .3
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 5.1
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 8
- Cholesterol: 4.1
Keywords: donuts, protein donuts, low carb, healthy, dessert, snack
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