Keto Maple Bacon Donuts are the best of all possible worlds. Delicious low carb baked donuts with a rich sugar-free maple glaze and crispy bacon bits. Come here, you beautiful keto breakfast!
Behold, the Maple Bacon Donuts! A thing of absolute beauty and genius. Of course it’s not my genius, as much as I might wish it was. Maple-frosted donuts with bacon on top have been floating around for quite a while now.
I believe they started in a commercial bakery somewhere and spread like wildfire to other bakeries and donut chains. And of course, many a blogger has taken a stab at a homemade version, including yours truly.
I created these keto maple bacon donuts back in 2014 and decided it was time for an update. Now I’ve made them lighter, easier, and even lower in carbs.
I’d call that a keto breakfast win, wouldn’t you?
Easy keto baked donuts
There are so many great ways to make keto donuts and I have plenty of recipes. A few of the most popular are my Keto Chocolate Donuts, the classic Keto Cinnamon Donuts, and the over-the-top Keto Samoa Donuts.
Keto donuts are typically baked in a donut pan, rather than yeasted, raised, and fried in oil. The ingredients used in low carb donuts don’t hold together well for frying, so it’s best and easiest to simply bake them in a donut pan. That said, I did once fry some donuts after baking, to get that same delicious flavor. It worked out rather well, actually. You can see the method here in my Fried Coconut Flour Donuts.
When it comes to making donuts without sugar or flour, you have plenty of options for ingredients. You can make them with coconut flour, almond flour, or a combination of both. I’ve even used hazelnut flour before.
I like the combination of almond and coconut, as I think it creates a wonderfully fluffy texture, reminiscent of traditional donuts. I also like using my blender to whip the batter and make it lighter and airier. And that’s exactly what I did in these delicious Maple Bacon Donuts.
How to make Keto Maple Bacon Donuts
These donuts are fun to make and fun to eat! Let me show you how it’s done.
- The first step is to cook the bacon. I like to chop mine before cooking as I find it crisps up more evenly. Do make sure to get the bacon bits nice and crispy, because nobody likes soggy bacon. Then set them aside to cool.
- I like to whip up the batter in my high powered blender, to make it lighter, fluffier, and more cohesive. If you don’t have a good strong blender, you can do it in a food processor, or you can simply mix everything in a bowl.
- The brown sugar replacement in the donuts gives a richer, deeper maple flavor but you can use all granular Swerve if that’s all you have.
- Maple extract is critical because maple syrup is not keto friendly. I really like the maple extract from Frontier Co-op.
- You also need a good donut pan. And trust me, friends, not all donut pans are created equal. I have gone through quite a few but my USA Pan Donut Pan is da bomb. So non-stick, my donuts practically fall right out of it. And coated with a non-toxic silicone coating.
- Let the donuts cool completely before attempting to dip them, as keto baked goods are always a bit fragile when they are still warm.
- The glaze is simply a combination of powdered sweetener, cream, and maple extract. But it can be pretty thick and you want to use a touch of water to thin it out until you can dip your donuts and get a lovely thick coating.
- Then sprinkle the tops with some of the delicious crispy bacon and voila! You’re done.
Ready to dig into these delicious Keto Maple Bacon Donuts?
More delicious Keto Maple Recipes
- Keto Maple Pecan Scones
- Keto Maple Walnut Ice Cream
- Keto Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies
- Keto Maple Pecan Granola
- Keto Maple Walnut Blondies
- Pecan Maple Cream Shortbread Cups
Keto Maple Bacon Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a donut pan well. (If your donut pan only holds 6, you will need to work in batches).
- In a high powered blender or a food processor, combine the eggs, sweeteners, almond milk, butter, and maple extract. Blend until smooth.
- Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt and blend until well combined and smooth. Spoon the batter into the wells of the prepared donut pan, filling about 3/4 full.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the donuts are golden brown around the edges, and firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in the pan 10 to 20 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sweetener, whipping cream, and maple extract. Whisk in a teaspoon of water at a time, until it's a dippable consistency.
- Dip each donut in the glaze and place back on the rack. Sprinkle with the chopped bacon and let set about 30 minutes.