Doughnuts aren’t the first food that springs to mind when considering a nutritious diet plan, but a little culinary creativity can go a long way. Thanks to the health-conscious minds behind many popular food blogs, we were able to track down some of the best baked, protein-packed doughnuts that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your diet requirements all at once.
Bake your way to better health with these six piquant and protein-enriched doughnut recipes.
1. Baked Chocolate Protein Doughnuts With Chocolate Glaze
“My recipe for Baked Chocolate Protein Doughnuts will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you fueled up through the morning with 7.5 grams of protein (each) — that’s more than an egg!” writes The Fit Fork. These chocolate donuts offer a substantive means of satisfying your sweet tooth. They’re packed with protein and complex carbs, meaning you won’t be faced with the pesky sugar crashes that arrive with your usual doughnut noshing. These guiltless snacks contain just 106 calories per glazed confection, leaving health-conscious eaters satisfied — but not sick.
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2. Pumpkin Protein Doughnuts
Fresh, Fit & Healthy’s baked recipe offers dieters “a delicious pumpkin taste, mixed with vanilla and cinnamon flavors, all in a completely wheat, gluten, egg, soy, nut, dairy free doughnuts.” The dish incorporates protein powder into both the batter and the glaze for an added energy boost. To make the glaze, just combine protein powder, water, Stevia, and cinnamon in desired proportions. The recipe takes 20 minutes to make and yields 12 power-packed doughnuts.
Visit Fresh, Fit & Healthy for the recipe.
3. Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts
“These doughnuts fall into the cake doughnut category but they are going to be better than any cake doughnut you’ve had from the donut shop. They set up light and fluffy and ridiculously moist,” writes Bare Root Girl. Best of all, these doughnuts offer 11 grams of protein per serving, providing a nurtient boost (and low carbohydrate count) that will keep you energized for hours. For an extra protein punch, you can even garnish the treats with chopped almonds.
Visit Bare Root Girl for the recipe.
4. Banana-Coconut and Pecan Baked Doughnuts
“There is just something about eating a yummy baked good that has few ingredients that makes us happy inside and out,” writes Purely Twins of this simple, clean eating-friendly recipe. The recipe incorporates a bit of protein powder, along with a crushed pecan garnish, for a doubly nutritious snacking experience. Meanwhile, cardamom and cinnamon offer a splendidly spiced flavor that you’ll love. The recipe yields 6 doughnuts and takes just 20 minutes to complete.
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5. Chunky Monkey Doughnuts
“This is probably the mother of all ‘pro nuts,’ I have made thus far,” says Corina Nielsen of Live Fit. “Words can’t even describe how tasty these were.” These mini doughnuts are packed with the satisfyingly sweet tastes of chocolate, banana, and peanut butter. You can easily whip up these snacks at home, whether or not you have a doughnut maker. The recipe yields 14 miniature doughnuts, each of which contains about 40 calories and 3 grams of protein.
Visit Live Fit for the recipe.
6. Glazed Krispy Kreme-Style Baked Doughnuts
Foodie Fiasco’s protein-enhanced dish is free of protein powders; rather, it gains its dietary advantages through the incorporation of bananas, coconut flour, and egg whites. “The result is fluffy yet dense, not so much like the traditional Krispy Kremes of my childhood doughnut hoarding days, but absolutely fantastic in their own right,” writes Foodie Fiasco blogger Kelly M. They’re also low in fat, low in carbs, gluten-free, high in fiber, and offer a vegan option, meaning they’re suitable for just about any diet! Foodie Fiasco points out that coconut flour can be tricky to work with, so be sure to check out her helpful post on tips and tricks for using it. This doughnut recipe yields 4 glazed donuts.
Visit Foodie Fiasco for the recipe.