If you enjoyed my 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.
Any donut pan will do, but you can get the one I use on Amazon here. Update 10/18: I’ve since switched to a silicone donut mold and love how they never stick.
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.
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.
Double Chocolate Protein Donuts
A protein donut recipe with 89 calories and 11 grams of protein per donut.
- 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
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Monday 31st of May 2021
What you mean by "C" in your measurements, what even is that?
Saturday 5th of June 2021
C = cup
Wednesday 26th of May 2021
OMG! Amazing donuts! I just tried this protein donuts recipe. Delicious! I followed the recipe as posted. Best donuts ever! They are moist and tasty. Thank you!! (I have tried other recipes and have been totally disappointed.) I will definitely be making them over and over again. 💗
Sunday 7th of February 2021
I make muffins instead of donuts, they are delicious!! Does anyone know how many calories they are without the frosting? Thanks!
Friday 25th of December 2020
I loved this recipe!
Wednesday 21st of October 2020
Made these using lupin flour to sub for regular flour and followed the recipe for the rest of the ingredients. Came out ah-mazing! I love your approach to easy but nutritious baking!