How “balanced” is my diet if it doesn’t include soooooome sweets? Amiright?! While 90% of the time I focus on volume eating, every now & then I like to treat myself to a lil somethin’ somethin’. Some days, I want gummy bears. Other days, I want fro-yo. Most days, I want donuts. Mmmmmm.
An actual depiction of myself… Just Kidding… Sorta..
Lately I’ve been overwhelmed with craft donuts all on my feed. 😳 Why must they target me?! These beautiful works of art come in various flavors with all sorts of crazy toppings. And while they may look absolutely amazing I can assume by their appearance- they will cost me most, if not ALL, my daily calories. And after one, I’ll want a second &… fuggedaboutit. It’s all downhill from there…
So I try to take a much more simpler & mindful approach, I go for the classic donuts at Dunkin’. Only 270 calories for my favorite (Boston Kreme) as seen on their website. Not terrible, but still… not ideal. If you dig deeper into the nutritional facts, you’ll notice each Boston Kreme donut is made of 39g of carbs, 11g of fat & only 5g of protein. Which, yeah….. that doesn’t really work for me. Or you. That’s not gonna work for us!
But what if we figured out a way to make craft donuts with less calories, less carbs, less fat & more protein. Hmmm? Or I’ll figure it out- you can just follow this recipe, lol.
High Protein Donuts
- 7 tbsp Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour
- 1.5 scoop Isopure Protein Powder Unflavored Whey
- 3.4 oz Liquid Egg Whites
- .5 oz Low Cal Sweetner I used Swerve Confectioners
- 2 tspn Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tspn Cinnamon Powder
- 1 tspn Baking Powder
- 1/8 cup Water
- Mix all ingredients into one medium sized bowl
- Pour mixture into piping bag & pipe batter into dounut cavity holes (Mixture will be a bit thick)
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Once oven is hot, pop donut pan in for about 8-12 minutes. Using a toothpike, poke donuts to see if they're thoroughly cooked. If toothpike comes out clean, donuts are ready to be removed from oven. If not, keep them inside for a little bit longer.
- Allow donuts to cool down completely before decorating
- Add toppings & enjoy!
This was my first time making high-protein donuts, so I wanted to stick to a base where I could play with intricate flavors. So far I think I’m off to a great start, they came out SO GOOD!! Even with the toppings I used, the highest calorie donut (Peanut Butter/Chocolate) came out to 257 cals. Which is still significantly less thank Dunkin… Dunkin’ who?
There are so many smart ways to glow these up & all you need are a few tools to get started…
- Donut pan (obvi)
- Piping Bags/Squeeze bottles
- Your favorite low-cal toppings (I used Stevia Semi-Chocolate Chips (melted for icing), 1 White Chocolate Pretzel, 1 Strawberry, 1 Oreo Thin cookie, Organic Peanut Butter (for icing), Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, Greek Yogurt (for icing) & Sprinkles)
*Remember to scan, weigh & record everything into MyFitnessPal!
Oreo Donut= 197 cals
Peanut Butter Donut= 257 cals
Sprinkles Donut= 133 cals
Strawberry Pretzel Donut= 183 cals
I’m pretty psyched with how these came out. They were perfectly sized- not monstrous like the ones I saw on the gram. Seriously, who eats those?!?!?!?! I felt extremely satisfied & guilt-free after having one, which is always a plus. Decorating them was so much fun, you can definitely let the kids go wild with these! Also, brownie points for being a low-carb, low calorie, high-protein treat that looks like you got it at a gourmet shop! I mean, I could be tooting my own horn here but I’m 100% confident I could get away with bringing a box of these to a party & no one will be able to tell the difference. I might actually test out this theory at my next get together… I’ll keep you posted!