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Anna Sward

Ask The Protein Powder Chef: Know A Simple Recipe For Protein Donuts?

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Q

I'd like a donut but I can't do the sugar. Is it possible to make protein donuts?

The answer is yes. But there are a few things you have to keep in mind to avoid getting a batch of rubbery, dry, round-ish, donut-esque "things."

First, you must create a batter that isn't more than 25 percent protein powder. It's better if you use a veggie powder, a protein blend, or casein. You can use a whey concentrate or isolate, but the final product may end up a bit, well, rubbery.

Second, your batter must contain either ground almonds, ground cashews, or another ground nut. This will help offset any dryness. You can use nut butter, too, but ground nuts work best.

Third, use eggs. You can use either whole eggs or egg whites, but you must have them in the batter.

Finally, to give your donuts "body," use oat flour, ground oat, buckwheat flour, amaranth flour, coconut flour, or some combination of the above.

Protein Donuts
Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (170C).
  2. Blend eggs, cashews, flour, protein powder, oats, and almond milk.
  3. Once blended, pour batter into donut tray.
  4. Bake donuts for 20 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
  5. While donuts are cooling, melt chocolate. (It's best to do it in a glass bowl over boiling water.)
  6. Once chocolate liquifies, pour it over donuts and then transfer the donuts to the fridge so the chocolate can set.
  7. Eat them all. Don't share.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 donut, recipe yields 5)
Amount per serving
Calories 168
Total Fat10 g
Total Carb7 g
Protein10 g
Fiber4 g
Notes

To lower the calories and fat content, ditch the chocolate and dust the donuts with cinnamon and/or Stevia. You can also use some Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup or caramel sauce.

These donuts are amazing dipped into coffee! I had a couple with my pre-workout latte and it was spectacular! The experience was so delicious it inspired me to write a poem.

I make my donuts in a silicone donut tray. Why silicone? Because silicone bakeware is insanely easy to wash. And you don't need to grease the pans or anything—the donuts pop right out. If you don't have a silicone tray, try this recipe anyway. Just bake it as five cookies. I reckon you'll end up with some really tasty cookie-cakes. Give it a shot and report back!

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cactusocactus

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cactusocactus

Just wondering if the nuts should be grounded first?

Apr 22, 2013 5:57pm | report
 
bionic7

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bionic7

Yes. I'd ground them, as they are a bit too big. lol

Apr 22, 2013 7:51pm | report
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Well, I blended everything together so it really doesn't matter too much?

Apr 23, 2013 10:42am | report
soheil25

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soheil25

haha yea ground that nut

Apr 23, 2013 8:30pm | report
liuzhoudragon

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liuzhoudragon

Sugar free healthy protien donuts, my god I love you. are you married?

Apr 22, 2013 6:14pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Thank you! and I'm afraid I am, sorry to break your heart Mr. Dragon ;-)

Apr 23, 2013 10:43am | report
itsJustAROD

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itsJustAROD

havnt had a donut in i dont know how long. those lloook awesome!

Apr 22, 2013 7:26pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

They taste a LOT better than they look too!!!

Apr 23, 2013 10:49am | report
felro

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felro

Time to devour these

Apr 22, 2013 8:35pm | report
 
andyfan692011

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andyfan692011

Can I make these without the nuts in there? Or is that important to act as a binding agent?

Apr 22, 2013 10:13pm | report
 
JTuroff77

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JTuroff77

I don't want to put words in her mouth, but it sounds like she implied that the oil released from the nuts while cooking would help maintain moisture. Maybe you could sub a nutless fat.

Apr 23, 2013 6:49am | report
plmcute8402

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plmcute8402

if you have a allergy- try applesauce it is a binder, going over the recipe besides 1 egg white there is not other binder, but the applesauce will help maintain mositure and help keep it together

Apr 23, 2013 8:16am | report
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

@JTuroff77 - indeed! The nuts help with the moisture and the texture. It's not a binding agent per se - more of a 'texture agent'. If you wanna sub it though, let's see... would seeds be any good or is it all because you wanna go low carb? In which case you could wing with by adding some cottage cheese instead?

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TRO17

I want to hear the poem...

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Patman23051

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Patman23051

Yeah where's the poem?

Apr 23, 2013 8:12am | report
4evergreen

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4evergreen

do you think avocado would taste okay in it- anna? It works great with chocolate

Apr 23, 2013 9:08am | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Interesting idea!!!! You mean in the batter? Hm hm hm! I've never actually baked with avoc so I'm not 100% sure what to say EXCEPT that I'm gonna give it a shot :-D

Apr 23, 2013 10:49am | report
USCGwife

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USCGwife

can I substitute cinnamon and vanilla whey for the cinnamon roll myofusion?

Apr 23, 2013 9:12am | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Hmmm yes and no. Yes in that you can and you'll end up with donuts but no in that they won't be the same. Myofusion is a protein pow blend you see, it includes egg pow etc

Apr 23, 2013 10:48am | report
4evergreen

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4evergreen

do you think avocado(instead of nuts) would taste okay in it- anna? It works great with chocolate

Apr 23, 2013 9:16am | report
 
brucehancock

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brucehancock

What's the calorie (macro) count without the chocolate, and then using cinnamon/Stevia topping?

Apr 23, 2013 9:17am | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

The macros include the chocolate so if you wanna take the chocolate out and sub with stevia/cinnamon, your donuts will probably be lower kcal and fat :-)

Apr 23, 2013 10:47am | report
GymRaider

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GymRaider

I've gotta have those doughnut trays!

Apr 23, 2013 9:59am | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Yeh, they're amazing! You can get some on amazon and they're not that much at all :-)

Apr 23, 2013 10:46am | report
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baamoida

How much is 1 Cup in gram?

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