Protein King Cake
Sarah Wilkins
Sarah Wilkins
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218 Calories
23 g Carbs
14 g Protein
8 g Fat
Total Time
12 servings

What Mardi Gras party would be complete without king cake? This protein-packed version has only 5 grams of sugar and a surprising 14 grams of protein per slice.

Dough Ingredients

  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 120 g vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered Stevia
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup light butter spread
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Filling Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup, packed raisins, seedless
  • ¼ cup splenda, brown sugar blend
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup light butter spread
  • 60 g vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Frosting Ingredients

  • ½ cup powdered Stevia
  • 1 tbsp light butter spread
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together dry dough ingredients (flour through baking soda) in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients (buttery spread through applesauce) and mix until a soft dough forms. Set aside.
  4. For the filling, combine pecans, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and buttery spread in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and mix in protein powder and milk. Set filling aside.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10x16-inch rectangle, cutting off jagged edges and pressing them into the center.
  7. Spread filling over the dough rectangle.
  8. Working from the 16-inch side, roll dough on top of itself to form a long roll (this is where you can hide the plastic baby).
  9. Place roll in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan and pinch ends of dough together, forming a ring.
  10. Make small slits around the top of the dough circle using a sharp knife.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes until top is light golden brown.
  12. While cake cools, mix together frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread frosting over cake and garnish with purple, green and gold sprinkles, if desired.

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