These Chocolate Glazed Protein Doughnuts taste like the real deal without all the sugar or frying. Gluten free, dairy free and packed with protein to keep you fueled for hours.
This post is sponsored by Now Foods.
Sometimes a girl just wants a doughnut. That sweet doughy goodness calls to you, and the craving can only be stopped by giving in to it. But giving in to it doesn’t necessary mean giving in to super sugary, fried treats.
The next time the craving center in your brain starts firing all doughnut cylinders, satisfy it with these gluten and dairy free Chocolate Glazed Protein Doughnuts!
When I was a kid, my Dad used to go to Dunkin’ Donuts every Saturday to get a large coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. If I woke up early enough, I’d go along for the trip and get a doughnut. My favorites were Boston Cream and glazed.
It’s been years since I’ve been to a Dunkin’ Donuts (mostly because they don’t exist in Austin), but when Will and I were in Boston a few months ago, we had to stop. Unfortunately, Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t offer gluten free doughnuts.
I just got a coffee that day, but a chocolate glazed caught my eye.
I couldn’t shake the thought of its glazed deliciousness.
When we got back home, I knew I had to put my creativity hat on to make a chocolate glazed doughnut that wouldn’t wreck havoc on my digestive system.
Fortunately, I already had a delicious doughnut recipe I could work off of. I looked back at the recipe for my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Doughnuts and tweaked a few things.
Like my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Doughnuts, Now Foods pea protein powder replaces flour and gives these treats a magical dose of healthiness. However, apple sauce and cashew butter, rather than pumpkin puree and almond butter, give the perfect cakey texture.
The icing on the
cake doughnut is, well, icing!
I made this glaze with Now Foods Organic Powdered Erythritol, but you can 100% use real powdered sugar if you prefer. Simple make your glaze in a shallow dish, dip your cooled doughnuts into the mixture and place them on a wire rack to dry for a bit before
devouring every doughnut in sight picking out the perfect one to enjoy.
Chocolatey. Doughy. Sweet. Satisfying. Allergy friendly. Packed with protein. These chocolate glazed doughnuts have all the makings of perfection.
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup cashew butter (I used Nutty Infusions)
- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I used NOW Foods Pea Protein)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used NOW Foods Cocoa Powder)
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (add one more if your protein powder isn't already sweetened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar or powdered sugar substitute
- 1 Tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray a doughnut pan with nonstick spray (I love my silicone pans).
- Combine all doughnut ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.
- Spoon mixture into doughnut pans. It should be nice and thick. Smooth down the top of each doughnut.
- Place in the oven on the center rack, and bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before carefully popping them out of the pan. Allow the doughnuts to finish cooling on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, make your glaze by mixing the sugar, milk and vanilla together in a shallow bowl. Whisk together until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
- When your doughnuts are completely cool, carefully dip each doughnut into the glaze and place back on the wire rack. Allow a few minutes for the glaze to solidify.
- Enjoy immediately or keep stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What’s your favorite type of doughnut?