This apple pie donuts recipe is lucky number 13 on my growing lineup of protein donuts. I keep telling myself that I’ll stop making protein donuts, but they’re so easy to make and perfect for portion control.
Don’t quote me on this but not a single one of my protein donut recipes has more than 200 calories per donut. And most live in the 100-130 calories per donut range. Meaning, if you find yourself ravenously hungry in the middle of the night and eat the entire pan of donuts, you’re not doing damage like you would with regular donuts.
These apple pie donuts are no exception. With 188 calories (157 calories without the optional pecans) and 12 grams of protein per donut, your gains are secure.
Ingredients for High Protein Apple Pie Donuts
You can’t have apple pie donuts without apple pie, right? The apple pie-ness of these protein donuts will come from two ingredients. First, apple pie spice, which you can find in the spices section of any grocery store. If you wanted to make your own, here’s a recipe for apple spice from My Baking Addiction.
The second apple pie ingredient is sugar free apple pie filling. I find this at Walmart or Kroger in the baking aisle or around the canned pumpkin.
In case you’re wondering what the calorie difference is between regular apple pie filling and this sugar free version, there are 90 total calories in the serving size we’ll be using compared to 270 calories in the regular version. So if you wanted to use the real deal, you’ll add roughly 30 calories per donut.
Beyond the apple pie ingredients, it’s business as usual. If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I like to use Dymatize 100% whey for my baked recipes. That said, use any protein powder you want. I will say that these protein donuts have minimal fat so if you’re using a super lean or plant-based protein powder, you may want to add a little extra apple pie filling, apple sauce, or light butter.
For the rest of the structural ingredients, you’ll need all purpose flour and graham cracker crumbs. These two are kind of interchangeable, but I love the added flavor from the graham crackers. If you wanted to use an alternative flour like coconut flour, you could start with 3 tablespoons (21g) instead of the 1/2 C of all purpose.
The Best Low Calorie Donut Glaze Recipe
I first tested this glaze with my 5-ingredient cake rolls recipe. You can see how it sets like an actual glaze in the photo below.
For these apple pie donuts, we’ll be using the same two primary ingredients—Swerve Confectioners and Unsweetened Almond Milk (or any milk). That’s it. Swerve’s powdered sugar substitute is amazing. Just check out all the recipes I’ve used Swerve in.
To give this glaze an apple pie spin, I added a bit more apple pie spice. But as you can see in the cake rolls recipe, you could go with a plain glaze or add other ingredients to take your glaze any direction you wanted.
I will say that the glaze on its own is pretty darn sweet. So, if you’re thinking you want a thicker layer of glaze on your apple pie donuts, start light and make more if you really think you need it.
How to Make These Protein Donuts
These lil troublemakers are super easy to make. I used a food processor to blend everything into a smooth batter (and save time mixing).
If you wanted some chunks of apple in your donuts, you could mix everything by hand and keep the apple slices in tact. I haven’t tried this method, so cook time may vary.
The recipe makes six protein donuts. If you have a different sized donut pan, you can multiply the macros for one donut by six and divide by how many donuts you have to find the new macros.
Pretty easy, right? Just blend it up and bake.
All right, that’s all you need to get rolling. As always, if you make these apple pie donuts and don’t tag me in a photo of them on Instagram we can longer be internet friends, k?
Apple Pie Donuts
- 1/2 C (60g) All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 C (60g) Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 2 scoops (68g) Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice
- 1 C (255g) Sugar Free Apple Pie Filling, Duncan Hines Comstock (in baking aisle)
- 1 large Egg
Apple Pie Donut Glaze
- 3 Tbsp (27g) Swerve Confectioners
- 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice
- 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 oz Pecan Pieces, or finely chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F and spray a donut pan or silicone donut molds with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add all the apple pie donuts ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until you have a smooth batter.
- Transfer the donut batter to the donut pan. The recipe should fill a 6-donut pan almost to the brim. Wipe away any excess.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the donuts are cooked through.
- While the donuts are in the oven, mix the Swerve, apple pie spice, and almond milk in a small bowl. Optional: add the mixture to a piping tool or resealable bag with a corner snipped to drizzle the glaze.
- After the baked donuts have briefly cooled, transfer them to a wire rack or plate to cool. Add the glaze and top with chopped pecans (before the glaze sets). Enjoy!
- Each donut has 5 Smart Points.
- Macros for donuts and glaze only (no nuts): 157 calories, 11 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat per donut
- Macros for donuts only (no glaze or nuts): 156 calories, 11 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat per donut
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 donuts Serving Size: 1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 12g