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?
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.
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.
The photo above was from the same batch. Just flip and trim the edges with a knife or fingers and you’re good to go!
My Recommended Protein Powder
You can use any protein you’d like, but I recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey, Dymatize’s 100% Whey, or PEScience Select Whey and Casein Blend. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, I just use and love their products.
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.
That’s all ya need to know. I hope you enjoy these protein 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 or join my free Facebook group and share it with everyone.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray donut pan with low-cal cooking spray.
- Mix pronut ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
- Fill donut pan evenly and bake for 15 minutes.
- To make your frosting, mix cream cheese (room temp helps), chocolate syrup, and one scoop of protein powder together until creamy.
- 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!
Each donut has 1 Smart Point.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 0.7gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 9.3gProtein: 11.2g
More Healthy Recipes You Might Like
Here’s a handful of my favorite recipes on the blog:
- One Minute, 100-Calorie Protein Brownie
- Chocolate Cake Protein Donut Holes
- Apple Pie Protein Donuts
- High Protein Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake