With 12g of protein, these delicious protein donuts make a fabulous keto snack. Tender and sweet, these baked vanilla donuts are easy to make and fun to eat!
What do you do when you’re craving donuts but you really know your body needs some protein? You make these keto protein donuts, of course!
I recently published an article on the advantages of a higher protein keto diet, along with a number of low carb high protein recipes. Most of us find it pretty easy to get protein at lunch and dinner. But breakfast and snacks can be harder to figure out.
So I am working on a series of higher protein keto snack recipes. I already published some delicious protein muffins and now I am adding protein donuts to the list. Because who doesn’t want a tender, sweet donut that actually gives you energy and doesn’t cause a sugar crash?
I know I can’t be the only one!
Why you will love them
What’s not to love about keto donuts? They fill a void left by cutting out carbs and sugars. And while you don’t NEED them, they sure are a fun indulgence.
But I believe in making even your keto treats work for you. Because there’s nothing better than feeling like you are indulging and knowing that you’re getting a blast of nutrients at the same time.
And these protein donuts are super easy to make, too. They take 40 minutes, tops, and that includes the baking and the frosting. So you can easily make this sweet breakfast or snack before the rest of your family has even gotten out of bed!
Ingredients you need
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- Greek yogurt: Whole milk Greek yogurt works well in keto baked goods to provide moisture and tenderness. You could also use sour cream.
- Almond flour: I used almond flour for these donuts and I have yet to experiment with coconut flour in a protein recipe like this. So at this time, I can’t recommend a nut-free substitute except for sunflower seed flour.
- Whey protein: I recommend getting a whey protein isolate, as it contains more protein and has fewer carbs than many whey powders. You can also use egg white protein.
- Sweetener: As always, my favorite brand is Swerve Sweetener. You are welcome to use your favorite sweetener but I do want to note that allulose may make the donuts brown very quickly. You need a granular sweetener for the donuts and a powdered sweetener for the frosting.
- Cream cheese: I like to use a little cream cheese in my keto frosting recipes to give it more structure without having to use tons of powdered sweetener.
- Butter and oil: I specify avocado oil for the donuts, but you can use melted butter. Just make sure that if your eggs and yogurt are cold, you whisk the butter in quickly so it doesn’t clump up. You will need butter for the frosting as well.
- Vanilla: While I made vanilla donuts, you are certainly not limited to that. You could have a lot of fun with flavors here, like lemon donuts, caramel donuts, etc. Just switch up the extracts as you see fit!
- Keto Sprinkles: You can make your own sugar free sprinkles, or you can purchase pre-made sprinkles online.
- Kitchen Staples: Eggs, baking powder, heavy cream, salt.
Step by Step Directions
1. Prepare the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the the yogurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until well combined. Add the almond flour, whey protein, sweetener, baking powder, and salt and whisk until smooth. Add just enough water until you have a thick but pourable consistency.
2. Bake the donuts: Divide the batter between 8 greased wells of a donut pan, filling to about three quarters full. Bake 10 to 15 minutes at 350ºF, until the tops are just firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan.
3. Prepare the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until very smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener. Beat in the cream until you have a spreadable consistency, then beat in the vanilla extract.
4. Frost and decorate: Spread over the tops of the cooled donuts. Sprinkle with sugar-free sprinkles, if desired.
Protein options: This recipe uses whey protein isolate, but you do have other options. Egg white protein should work well, and some plant-based protein powders may as well. But they won’t necessarily have as high a protein content. I don’t recommend collagen here, as it will make them gummy. It needs a very different approach for baking.
Donut pans don’t come in standard sizes and some are bigger than others. So you may get 7 donuts or you may get 9 donuts. It’s hard to say! If you don’t have a donut pan, you can bake them as muffins. You should get at least 7 or 8.
If you prefer, you can skip the frosting and make a lighter glaze or dust them in powdered sweetener. I personally feel that they need a little something to jazz them up a bit.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main ingredients in these vanilla protein muffins are almond flour, whey protein powder, Greek yogurt, eggs, and sweetener. They do not contain any added sugars and have 12g of protein per serving.
Many protein donut recipes are quite high in carb because they contain wheat flour and added sugar. But these keto protein muffins have only 4.7g of carbs and 1.5g of fiber, so they have a net carb count of 3.2g.
You can easily make the donuts in advance and freeze them unfrosted, then frost them when you plan to serve. You can freeze the frosted donuts as well, but you will want to flash freeze them first. Lay them out on a baking sheet in a single layer until frozen solid. This way, the frosting won’t smear when you place them in an airtight container.
Keto Protein Donuts Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease 8 wells of a donut pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the the yogurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add the almond flour, whey protein, sweetener, baking powder, and salt and whisk until smooth. Add just enough water until you have a thick but pourable consistency.
- Divide the batter between the wells of the donut pan, filling to about three quarters full. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until the tops are just firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan.
- In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until very smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener.
- Beat in the cream until you have a spreadable consistency, then beat in the vanilla extract. Spread over the tops of the cooled donuts.
- Sprinkle with sugar-free sprinkles, if desired.