90-Calorie Double Chocolate High Protein Donuts Recipe

90-Calorie Double Chocolate High Protein Donuts Recipe

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If you enjoyed the Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts, you’ll love these. I say that to drop a hint at this recipe’s secret ingredient – pumpkin. But don’t worry, you’ll never know it’s there. These aren’t called double chocolate donuts just for the fun of it!

Pumpkin gets thrust into the limelight every fall thanks to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and holiday pies. However, if you’re looking for a go-to ingredient for low-calorie recipes all year long, look no further than our orange friend. 120g of canned pumpkin only has 50 calories of creamy texture goodness. It’s crazy!

Okay, pumpkin is awesome, but you’re here for the chocolate. Let’s get into the double chocolate donuts recipe.

Chocolate Protein Donuts Ingredients

I used a different approach with the protein frosting or glaze than I did in the pumpkin version, using chocolate syrup instead of evaporated milk. The consistency is a bit thinner, which I found easier to work with than the former. Why not try both?

protein donut glaze recipe

That being said, the donuts taste great without the glaze. You could save some extra carbs and calories by skipping out on the glaze if you wanted, but I’d make a tiny bit for funzies.

You could also try using the ultimate chocolate protein frosting recipe.

simple chocolate protein donut recipe

Speaking of funzies, don’t underestimate the boost from sprinkles. As you can see, I used both chocolate and rainbow sprinkles and find the extra 5-10 calories worth it.

Similar to the pumpkin donuts, if you wanted a donut with a bit more density and moisture, you could swap an egg for the apple sauce. It will add about 12 calories per donut, but that’s not a huge difference. Other than that, it’s business as usual.

Don’t worry about perfection when adding the batter to your donut pan. It’s easy to remove any excess around the edges.

Any donut pan will do, but you can get the one I use on Amazon here.

This was the same batch. Just flip and trim the edges with a knife or fingers and you’re good to go!

chocolate protein donut recipe easy


You can use any protein you’d like, but I recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and/or Dymatize’s Whey or Elite XT blended protein. They’re reputable brands that have been around forever.

If you’d like to learn more about the different types of whey protein and how to find the best value for protein, read this article.

The macros for this recipe are with Gold Standard Whey. 

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4.41 from 15 votes

Double Chocolate Protein Donuts

A protein donut recipe with 89 calories and 11 grams of protein per donut.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Calories 89 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff



  • 1/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder chocolate
  • 3/8 C (92g) Liquid Egg Whites or 2 whole egg whites
  • 1/2 C (120g) Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp Swerve Confectioners or Zero-Calorie Sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Apple Sauce
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbsp (15g) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


  • 1 serving (32g) Fat-Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray donut pan with low-cal cooking spray.

  2. Mix pronut ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

  3. Fill donut pan evenly and bake for 15 minutes.

  4. To make your frosting, mix cream cheese (room temp helps), chocolate syrup, and one scoop of protein powder together until creamy. 

  5. To cover donuts, allow them to cool briefly and dip them face down into frosting mixture. Twist them back and forth in a circular motion and remove to let the frosting set. Voila!

Recipe Notes

Per Donut (makes 6): 89 Calories | 11.2P | 9.3C | 0.7F

Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Protein Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.7g 1%
Total Carbohydrates 9.3g 3%
Protein 11.2g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blend the beauty of s'mores and donuts with this low calorie cake donut recipe with 7 grams of protein and only 120 calories per donut. The recipe includes modifications for both lower calorie and higher protein versions. You can tweak these to fit any nutritional goal or needs.

Looking for more protein donuts recipes? Check out my others:

I hope you enjoy these donuts as much as I did! If you make this for a post-workout snack or sweets fix, tag me in your creation on Instagram.

P.S. If you can’t tell, I’m passionate about low calorie sweets and chocolate-themed recipes. That’s why I put together a free cookbook just for chocolate lovers. You can learn more about it here or enter your info below to download it for free. Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “90-Calorie Double Chocolate High Protein Donuts Recipe”

  • I’m trying to figure the math here… how is. 1 tablespoon of applesauce 15 grams where as 3 tablespoons of cocoa is also 15 grams??

    • Different ingredients have different weights for the same volume measurement. Look at 2 Tbsp of coconut flour (14g) vs 2 Tbsp of peanut butter (32g) or 2 Tbsp of milk (30mL or about 30g). Does that make sense or answer your question?

  • My frosting was nothing like the picture. Came out more like regular cake icing. Is this recipe missing something or are the measurements off?

    • Sorry about that! I’ll have to retest this to see, but I’ve seen a lot of successful re-creations of this recipe. The easiest fix would be adding a bit more syrup or even a little liquid like almond milk to the icing (a tablespoon should do the trick).

    • I only noted total carbs. It would be easy to determine sugar, though. Simply add all the ingredients to Myfitnesspal or a food log and divide the total grams of sugar by 6.

  • I LOVE these. Purchased the donut pan from Amazon specifically to make this recipe, and it was money well-spent. Awesome chocolate flavor, and while the texture has that springy feel that a lot of higher-protein cakes do, it doesn’t detract in the slightest.

  • I did it with white chocolate frosting and nuts I looks amazing you have to try it I give a good taste my husband love it

  • how much is contained in ” a scoop” of protein powder? I was thinking of trying to substitute PB2 for the protein powder as I have that on hand.

    • Most scoops are 30-34 grams or so. That’s roughly 1/4-3/8 cups depending on the protein powder. I wouldn’t recommend using that much pb2 in a recipe since it’s so thick and acts a bit differently. You may be able to make it work with about half the pb2, but I can’t say for sure. Sorry I’m not more help!

    • I would store the donuts (w/o the frosting) at room temp in an airtight container for up to a few days.You can make the frosting and store it in the refrigerator to frost as you eat them since applying it first might make the donuts soggy.

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