8 Low Calorie Protein Donuts Recipes
Donuts donut have to be calorie-packed sugar bombs. These protein donuts recipes range from 89 to 165 calories per donut, with as many as 15 grams of protein per donut. They are all easy to make and taste great leftover so you can prepare them in bulk.
After hearing about how low calorie these protein donuts are, you may be surprised to find ingredients like Cap’n Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal in the mix. But that’s how we roll around here. It’s more than possible to create great tasting, low calorie treats as long as they’re used in moderation.
Okay, one last thing before we get to the recipes. I’d like to give you a few tips for making a moist protein donut no matter the ingredients. All the base recipes below are amazing, but I’m obviously biased since their my own. If you decide you’d like to make them a bit moister or tender, keep these tips in mind.
How to Make Moist and Tender Protein Donuts
Since there are a lot of moving parts in recipes with protein powder (different types of protein, volume differences in scoops, scooping vs weighing accuracy, etc.), there’s always a chance you’ll end up with a tough or dry finished product. I’ll include a few ideas to combat this below:
- Use whey concentrate or a blend of proteins that’s not super lean like whey isolate (the extra carbs/fat goes a long way)
- Slightly reduce the amount of protein powder used
- Increase fat sources or faux fat sources (i.e. pumpkin, mashed bananas, sweet potato, avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, coconut oil or processed coconut flakes, etc.)
- 14 grams of light butter only has 50 calories and changes lives
- Slightly increase liquid ingredients
- Reduce cook time
- Add moisture after cooking via whipped topping, ice cream, or fruit reductions
Life’s too short for dry protein donuts. Again, you shouldn’t need this tips for the recipes below, but just in case.
Cap’n Crunch Berries
Nutrition facts: 116 calories, 9.7 grams of protein, 16.3 grams of carbs, and 1.3 grams of fat.
Made with real Cap’n Crunch and fresh or frozen blueberries or your choice of berries.
Get the recipe here: Cap’n Crunch Berries Protein Donuts
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Nutrition facts: 155 calories, 10 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fat.
Packed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and topped with a low calorie cinnamon sugar glaze.
Get the recipe here: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Protein Donuts
S’mores Cake Donuts
Nutrition facts: 120 calories, 7 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbs, and 3.5 grams of fat.
All the best s’mores ingredients packed into 120-calorie protein donut.
Get the recipe here: S’mores Protein Donuts
Double Chocolate Donuts
Nutrition facts: 89 calories, 11.2 grams of protein, 9.3 grams of carbs, and 0.7 grams of fat.
The lowest calorie donuts on the list do not disappoint.
Get the recipe here: Double Chocolate Protein Donuts
Oreo Cheesecake Donuts
Nutrition facts: 165 calories, 10.7 grams of protein, 26.7 grams of carbs, and 1.7 grams of fat.
Made with real Oreo O’s cereal, these donuts come with several variations for a wide range of calorie goals.
Get the recipe here: Oreo Cheesecake Protein Donuts
Nutrition facts: 95 calories, 12.5 grams of protein, 9.3 grams of carbs, and 0.3 grams of fat.
Another low calorie favorite from my blog that’s great year round.
Get the recipe here: Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts
Caramel Mocha Donuts
Nutrition facts: 99 calories, 14 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fat.
Get the coffee brewin’ because you’ll need it for these cake donuts.
Get the recipe here: Caramel Mocha Protein Donuts
Christmas Cake Donuts
Nutrition facts: 93 calories, 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, and 1 grams of fat.
Don’t think you have to wait until December to enjoy these merry donuts.
Get the recipe here: Christmas Cake Protein Donuts
Be sure to tag me on Instagram in all of your donut creations! I love sharing them with everyone.