S’mores Low Calorie Cake Donuts: The Best Protein Donuts on My Blog
Ever since my no bake s’mores protein bites, I’ve been obsessed with this flavor profile. There’s something magical about the mixture of marshmallows and chocolate. Not to mention, the crunch and awesome texture you get from graham cracker. You wouldn’t think the three could fit into low calorie recipes, but I’ve been surprised at how far you can stretch their usage. And that’s the case with these s’mores low calorie cake donuts. For only 120 calories per donut, you’ll have chocolate chips, marshmallow bits, and graham crackers in every single bite.
It’s just as amazing as it sounds. Here’s a look at the full nutritional breakdown:
Per Donut (makes 6): 120 Calories | 7.2P | 14.8C | 3.5F
Per Donut without any frosting/toppings: 94 Calories | 6.8P | 11.8C | 2.2F
And yes, these donuts are so tasty right out of the oven I’ve taken the time to calculate nutrition facts without frosting or toppings.
Ingredients for Low Calorie Cake Donuts
The only noteworthy thing about the obvious s’mores ingredients would be about the marshmallows. In the no bake protein bites, I used mini marshmallows since they’re smaller but still marshmallow-ey. In this recipe, we’ll be using marshmallow bits, which have a crunchier texture and hold up much better in a mixture. They remind me of the good parts of Lucky Charms. If you can’t find the bits or don’t have any on hand, you may want to reduce the number of mini marshmallows used to avoid overflow in the donut pan.
Speaking of, any donut pan will do, but you can get the one I use on Amazon here.
Our base ingredient will be coconut flour, which is a unique ingredient in my mind. It’s super absorbent and fiber-rich. Meaning, you don’t need much of it to get the flour effects. It also has a slight coconut taste to it without overpowering other ingredients, which I love.
That said, it’s not as common. So if you would like to substitute all purpose flour for coconut flour, try using a 3:1 conversion. In this recipe, instead of 3 tablespoons or 21g of coconut flour, you may need around 1/2 C or 60g of all purpose flour. This swap would defintiely add some calories and carbs, so if you’d like to order coconut flour for future recipes, this is the flour I use.
Since we’re talking about modifications, let’s take a look at a few more questions you might have.
Modifying This Low Calorie Cake Donuts Recipe
You won’t need a ton of protein powder for this recipe, so I won’t talk much about modifications in that department. If you’d like to leave protein powder out entirely, you could add 1 tablespoon of coconut flour to accommodate.
On the flip side, if you want more protein, you can add 1/2 scoop protein powder (16g) and 3 Tbsp (46g) liquid egg whites to the batter. Your macros here would be: 134 Calories | 10P | 15.2C | 3.7F per donut
If you wanted to reduce the calories in your glaze/toppings, you could use something like my ultimate protein frosting or the fat-free cream cheese frosting used for my double chocolate protein donuts.
I mention this in the recipe, but you can use either vanilla or plain yogurt. If you use plain and don’t love the taste of Greek yogurt, you can add a tablespoon of sweetener. I personally like the flavor without any additional sweetener and plain yogurt. I’ve been eating the plain yogurt donuts without frosting like crazy. Yummm.
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S'mores Cake Donuts
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.
- 3 Tbsp (21g) Coconut Flour
- 1/2 scoop (16g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 1/4 C (26g) Graham Cracker Crumbles or 2 large sheets, crushed
- 3/4 C (170g) Fat-Free Greek Yogurt plain or vanilla
- 3 Tbsp (46g) Liquid Egg Whites or white from 1 whole egg
- 3 Tbsp (45mL) Walden Farms Syrup or sticky sweetener
- 1/4 C (10g) Marshmallow Bits
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (21g) Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2-1 Tbsp Stevia or 0-Cal Sweetener optional to taste (if you use plain Greek yogurt)
- 2 Tbsp (28g) Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 Tbsp (30mL) Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 Tbsp (5g) Marshmallow Bits optional
- 1 Tbsp (6g) Graham Cracker Crumbles optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix dry ingredients (except chocolate chips and marshmallow bits) in a medium-sized bowl. (If you're using plain Greek yogurt and want a sweeter donut, add stevia or sweetener here.)
Add Greek yogurt, egg whites, and Walden Farms syrup to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Add marshmallow bits and chocolate chips to batter and stir.
Using a large spoon or rubber spatula, transfer the mixture to your donut pan. Be sure to wipe away excess from the pan so the donuts don't connect during baking.
Bake for 23-25 minutes.
After baking, remove the donuts from the pan to cool on a plate or cooling rack. While donuts cool, microwave 2 tablespoons (28g) chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons almond milk for 20-30 seconds until melted. Stir chocolate until you have a smooth chocolate sauce.
Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate on top of your donuts before adding graham cracker crumbles and marshmallow bits should you choose.
- Per Donut (makes 6): 120 Calories | 7.2P | 14.8C | 3.5F
- Per Donut without any frosting/toppings: 94 Calories | 6.8P | 11.8C | 2.2F
- If you want more protein, you can add 1/2 scoop protein powder (16g) and 3 Tbsp (46g) liquid egg whites to the batter. Your macros here would be: 134 Calories | 10P | 15.2C | 3.7F per donut
- If you wanted to reduce the calories in your glaze/toppings, you could use something like my ultimate protein frosting or the fat-free cream cheese frosting used for my double chocolate protein donuts.
- If you’d like to leave protein powder out entirely, you could add 1 tablespoon of coconut flour to accommodate.
I mentioned the no bake s’mores protein bites in the intro. If you’d like to check out the recipe, click here.
As the title implies, these s’mores cake donuts are my favorite protein donuts to date. But I think you should do your own research. Here’s the competition:
Let me know what your favorite is! And if you make any of my recipes, be sure to tag me in your re-creation on Instagram. I love sharing them with everyone!
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!