This healthy doughnut recipe is baked, not fried and made without dairy, gluten and is naturally low in sugar. Instead of flour, I use bananas and protein powder for the base for a satiating none-bloating doughnut! Delicious. Serve up with the low-sugar frosting, have them plain or even drizzle with a little date syrup (I use it here in my Chunky Monkey ice-cream recipe). Give it a go – you’ll be amazed that you can actually eat & enjoy a doughnut… guilt-free.
Okay… maybe I’m a little obsessed with protein stuff at the moment. Anything Quest, I’ll eat it. Hand me an egg and I’m happy. Give me a protein-rich doughnut recipe and I will sell my house for more of that sweet stuff.
So it was a happy day when I stumbled across a protein-rich cake batter recipe. It got me thinking… if you can make cake batter to be full of protein and not a whole lot of sugar, surely you can make other cakey foods in a similar way?
After a few failed attempts, I managed to make what I think is the ultimate doughnut recipe. It even comes 2nd to my other favourite recipe – homemade Tootsie Rolls, see the recipe here. These are great because they’re gluten-free, perfect for vegans, paleo eaters, sugar-conscious consumers and make for a wholesome post-workout snack which isn’t going to see you piling on the pounds!
- 200g ripe bananas
- 5 tbsp protein powder (any)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
For the frosting:
- 4 tbsp protein powder (any)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened chocolate chips (alternatively you can use chopped nuts for this)
- Chop the bananas and blend with the coconut oil. Puree in a blender until smooth.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smoother still.
- Grease a doughnut or muffin pan (of course you won’t get the hole with these) with coconut oil, add the mixture ¾ of the way full in each case, and bake for 15 minutes at 180c.
- For the frosting, add the protein powder, oil, cacao powder and syrup in a large bowl and mix. As you mix, add a tablespoon of water each turn until the desired frosting consistency is reached.
- Spread onto the doughnuts once they’re golden brown and cooled down. Sprinkle the chocolate chips or chopped nuts on top.