Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Donuts

Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Donuts

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Yep, mac and cheese donuts are a thing, and it’s about time you tried them for yourself. These baked donuts put a jalapeño popper spin on things and are ridiculously easy to make.

They also use a protein pasta to improve the macronutrient breakdown. Each mac and cheese donut touts 16 grams of protein with just 17 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat, and 170 calories! 

three photos of mac and cheese donuts

How to Make Mac and Cheese Donuts

Like I mentioned above, these bad boys are super easy to make. You can see in the image below, it’s as simple as cutting up some cooked bacon and jalapeños, making a 4-ingredient cheese sauce, and adding pasta. 

bacon and jalapeño mixed with pasta and a cheese sauce

Mix all that together and add to a donut mold, bake, and you’re done. You can find the donut mold I used on my Amazon list, in case you’re interested. 

mac and cheese donuts in a 6-donut mold before and after baking

Ingredients for Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Donuts 

Here’s a quick look at everything you’ll need with a few notes on substitutions following: 

  • Elbow Pasta 
  • Skim Milk
  • Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Liquid Egg Whites
  • Cooked Bacon (precooked or cooked yourself beforehand)
  • Pickled Jalapeño Slices (or fresh) 

one mac and cheese donut flipped upside down on a wire rack with other donuts face up behind it

For the pasta, I used Barilla protein plus, but you could get away with others. Their Ready Pasta like I use in my garlic parmesan mac and cheese could be a great way to save some prep time. 

On the fat free cream cheese, I imagine a 1/3 fat cream cheese would work perfectly fine. Though I haven’t tested it. In case you’re wondering, I buy my fat free cream cheese at Walmart or Kroger. 

For the milk, almond milk or just about any liquid should work okay. 

And finally, the cheese is likely flexible. You’ll just want to make sure you’re using something that melts similarly to mozzarella.

pasta mixed with bacon, jalapeños, and cheese sauce

Final Recipe Notes

Most pasta boxes will have around eight ounces. So if you wanted to use the full box, double everything else and use a second donut mold or bake two batches. 

The donut mold I use is a bit larger than most and as you can see, this recipe fills each slot completely full. If you’re using a smaller mold, you might want to split it into two batches. 

Or you could always make them as muffins like my cheddar mac and cheese muffins

holding a mac and cheese muffin

That’s it! When you try your first mac and cheese donut, I’d love to see it. Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff or join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party. 

holding a mac and cheese donut
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Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Donuts

High protein, low fat bacon and jalapeño filled mac and cheese donuts.

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Calories 170 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (dry) Barilla Protein Plus Elbows or Banza elbows (chickpea pasta)
  • 6 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C (56g) Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1/4 C (60mL) Skim Milk
  • 1/2 C (123g) Liquid Egg Whites
  • 6 slices Cooked Bacon chopped
  • 1/4 C (60g) Pickled Jalapeño Slices diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a 6-donut tin or silicone mold with nonstick spray. Set aside.

  2. Cook the pasta in salted water.

  3. Add the cream cheese, mozzarella, and milk to a large bowl. Microwave for 45-60 seconds or until you can evenly mix everything.

  4. Add the cooked bacon, diced jalapeño, and egg whites to the melted cheeses and stir well.

    bacon and jalapeño mixed with cream cheese, mozzarella, and milk in a mixing bowl
  5. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the cheese mixture, gently folding until everything is evenly mixed.

    cooked pasta over a cheese sauce in a mixing bowl
  6. Spoon the mixture into the donut mold.

    a silicone donut mold with the uncooked mac and cheese mixture inside
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the donuts are cooked through. Let the donuts cool briefly before removing from the mold.

    cooked mac and cheese donuts

Recipe Notes

  • Each donut has 4 Smart Points.
  • For ingredient notes, see text above. 
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Protein 16g 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Pasta Recipes You Might Like

My Cajun Pasta Bake is one of the most popular recipes of this year. It uses turkey sausage, but you could customize it with shrimp, chicken, or your choice of protein. 

cajun sausage pasta bake with melted cheddar and parsley flakes on top in a glass baking dish

Speaking of popular recipes, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my Easy Taco Pasta Bake. It’s another crazy simple recipe that’s perfect for meal prep. 

easy taco pasta bake

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