Healthy Homemade Donuts – Protein Style
Is there anything better than donuts? Well yes, chocolate 😉 But donuts come in pretty close! Unfortunately, donuts don’t usually make the healthy list.. until now! These homemade donuts are delicious and healthy! They’re a fun dessert to make when you want to enjoy yourself but also want to keep on track with your goals (like these awesome peppermint patties!)
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There was a time when I was obsessed with protein powder. Whey protein powder. Really and truly obsessed.
I ended up in the office of a holistic nutritionist to figure out some hormone issues and when she asked what I ate I realized that I was eating two and sometimes three servings of protein powder a day! Uh… not exactly healthy 😛
After very much procrastination (on my end) and weaning, we transitioned me to vegan protein powders and much, much less of them. Sigh.
But the good news is that I’ve learned to make really yummy food items with a much better quality protein powder.
Like these healthy homemade donuts!
These vanilla banana donuts are vegan and utterly delicious. Probably because they are drizzled in chocolate and who doesn’t love chocolate?!
And the best part is that I used one of my favorite protein powders (below) and they turned out delicious! This means that the donuts actually have some pretty great health properties and aren’t loaded with processed sugars. #winning.
And while I adore plant protein powder for its nutritional properties, I do understand that others may like a whey based powder. So here’s my two cents:
You can definitely use why protein powder for these donuts
Now a days, I normally just use whey protein when I want a treat but most of the time aim to use a vegan protein powder (I like this one because it’s yummy!). The donuts will taste sweeter but they will be a bit more dry.
Whey protein powder doesn’t tend to bake as well so just fyi- this fun fact used to drive me absolutely bonkers.
It is definitely your call when it comes to protein powder but my tip is to just do your research first 😉 Especially if you’re a protein fiend like myself.
These vegan, healthy homemade donuts make a delicious snack! They’re filled with real food ingredients and of course, protein goodness. You can whip up a batch and freeze them or be nice and share.. I personally chose to eat about three and freeze the rest for the next day 😀
I love these donuts partially because they look fancy (and I suck at fancy!) but they’re still pretty simple to make- that, and donuts rock. Even healthy vegan ones 😀
Ingredients In The Healthy Homemade Donuts
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil, measured solid
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 teaspoons cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make Protein Donuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients.
Melt the coconut oil. While melting, mash the bananas and mix in the vanilla and maple syrup. Add in the coconut oil and mix until smooth.
Combine the oil mixture into the dry and stir until coated and somewhat sticky.
Add in the almond milk and mix until combined. The mixture will be sticky and seem dry.
Using a spoon and a silicone spatula, portion the mixture out into a donut pan. You’ll have to press the mixture down and smooth it out to get it to combine and hold together.
Sprinkle the tops with the cane sugar.
Bake for twelve minutes. Rotate the pan and bake another 4-6 minutes. Remove from the oven and using a spoon, carefully remove the donuts from the pan placing them on a cooling rack.
While cooling, whisk together the chocolate topping until smooth.
Place the mixture into a small baggie and cut the end off. Pipe the mixture onto the donuts.
Eat while they’re warm as they taste best and store in the fridge.
Makes 8 donuts.
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These homemade donuts are flavored banana vanilla and topped with homemade chocolate! They’re healthy, vegan, protein powder based and just a wee bit addictive. Chocolate topping
Healthy Homemade Protein Donuts
These homemade donuts are flavored banana vanilla and topped with homemade chocolate! They’re healthy, vegan, protein powder based and just a wee bit addictive.
These healthy homemade donuts are vegan, topped with a homemade chocolate sauce and have some protein powder in them! They’re a tasty but filling treat. If you’re feeling generous share with your workout buddies, if not.. gobble them all up and enjoy every last crumb 😉