Learn how to make the best protein donuts! These banana protein donuts are made with vegan protein powder and topped with homemade chocolate drizzle. They made a tasty snack or post-workout meal
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 trying to get pregnant 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 😛
Making the switch to a vegan protein powder was a challenge (learning to eliminate dairy was a challenge: here are some great swaps to cut dairy).
What made it easier was knowing I could still whip up delicious recipes like protein balls, and these banana protein donuts for snacks!
- Are easy to make
- contains protein to help slow the release of sugar
- allergy-friendly (gluten-free, paleo, vegan)
Gluten-Free Flour: this is the base of the protein donuts recipe and what binds everything together without having to create a “dough” to roll.
Keep in mind that gluten-free baking flours are not all the same. Because they use a blend of grains, each one has a different markup. Some flours absorb lots and some little. For this recipe, Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour was used.
Bananas: used to give a bit of sweetness to the recipe but also to keep the texture from becoming too dense.
Which Protein Powder To Use
These protein donuts have been made with a variety of protein powders (learn more about Choosing The Best Vegan Protein Powder for your goals).
Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Protein Powder helps fuel your goals, recover and stay full.
Made with 20 grams of plant-based protein, this vegan protein powder is dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and certified organic. It’s also been voted one of the best tasting vegan protein powders.
But best of all is that this protein is fermented. This helps break down the “anti-nutrient” in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes that often causes bloating.
This protein powder literally gives you the best of both worlds.
How To Make Protein Donuts
Learning to make protein donuts is simple as this recipe requires no kneading, looping, or actual dough.
- Measure all the ingredients
- Mix together the dry ingredients
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the wet ingredients
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and begin to stir
- Add in the almond milk and mix
- Portion into a donut pan. Press them down and smooth them into shape.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes before cooling on a rack
- Top the donuts with homemade chocolate sauce
Tips For Making Them
The kind of protein powder you use will make a difference in the texture and the flavor of the donuts.
Genuine Health protein powder is not very sweet-tasting, others may be. Likewise, other powders may absorb more which would alter the texture.
Whey protein powder does not tend to absorb liquid. If trying to substitute for whey protein, you may need to adjust the dry: wet ratio or bake longer.
The donuts are extremely delicate right out of the oven, let them cool a few minutes and move very slowly when removing them (with a silicone spatula) from the pan.
Then, make sure to let them cool on a rack for a while before icing them. They "firm up".
If you don't have mashed bananas on hand, applesauce works really well to substitute!
The donuts are best stored in the fridge but they do “firm up” a bit. Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating.
More Vegan Protein Powder Recipes You’ll Love
- Peanut butter and jam protein balls
- Chocolate fudge protein balls
- High protein cookies
- High protein pancakes
- Yogurt protein pancakes
- Cookie dough protein overnight oats
- Energizing protein bar
- Turmeric Peach Smoothie
- Easy, no-bake vanilla protein bar
- High protein snack recipes
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
Made from a blend of gluten-free flour and protein powders. Protein donuts are often sweetened naturally with bananas. The donuts can use a variety of flavored protein powders but each one will absorb liquid slightly differently.
Each brand of protein powder will require a slightly different baking technique and is not a 1:1 replacement for flour. Whey protein blends into baked goods very well whereas vegan protein powder absorbs more liquid. How much liquid is absorbed will be based on the amount of pea protein in the powder.
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Vegan Protein Donuts (Healthy & Homemade)
- Donut tray
- Silicone Spatula
- Mixing bowl
- 1.25 cups all-purpose flour gluten-free
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 scoops vegan vanilla protein powder just over ½ a cup
- ½ cup Coconut Oil measured solid
- 2 very ripe bananas roughly ¾ cup
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons cane sugar
- Chocolate topping
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 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 a bit 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 let them cool for five minutes.
- Using a silicone spatula, 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.
- The kind of protein powder you use will make a difference in the texture and the flavor of the donuts.
- Genuine Health protein powder is not very sweet-tasting, others may be. Likewise, other powders may absorb more which would alter the texture.
- Whey protein powder does not tend to absorb liquid. If trying to substitute for whey protein, you may need to adjust the dry: wet ratio or bake longer.
- The donuts are extremely delicate right out of the oven, let them cool a few minutes and move very slowly when removing them (with a silicone spatula) from the pan.
- Then, make sure to let them cool on a rack for a while before icing them. They "firm up".
- If you don't have mashed bananas on hand, applesauce works really well to substitute!
- The donuts are best stored in the fridge but they do become denser. Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating.
These healthy, protein donuts are vegan, topped with a homemade chocolate sauce, and delicious! 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 😉