Apple Spice Protein Donuts

As if you needed one more reason to order a bag of Flapjacked Protein Baking Mix: now you can use it to make homemade protein donuts! (How did I miss this?! I feel like I let you down lol...) I discovered this recipe on the back of the bag for their Cinnamon Apple Baking Mix. They are just as delicious as those apple cider donuts you get at farms in the Fall, but lower in carbs and fat, and higher in muscle-building protein. 

The Flapjacked Baking Mix is made from oat flour and coconut flour, so it's gluten-free and high in fiber. As someone who's been doing gluten-free baking for a few years, I love these mixes because it saves me from buying different bags of flour, and I can bake lots of different healthy baked goods with one mix (pancakes, muffins, breads, donuts, etc.) 

I was skeptical about how these would taste since previous attempts at protein donuts left me a little disappointed, but these are legit! They taste like real donuts - but without that "Why-did-I-eat-that-I-feel-gross"-feeling that comes after eating Krispy Kremes or Dunkin Donuts. 

The second best part? Check out these macros: 

One of these Apple Spice Protein Donuts has only 9 g carbs (2 g fiber), 8 g protein, and 2 g fat. Each donut is 84 calories each, about a third of the calories of a traditional cake donut.  

A traditional Apple Cider Cake Donut will run you around 240 calories, 15 g fat, 25 g of carbs, and 3 g protein. 

We rolled these in a simple cinnamon sugar mix as the recipe suggested, but I'm definitely open to other toppings as it didn't really stick to the donuts.

Recently, my friend and fellow fitness pro Josh asked if I could help him find cleaned-up dessert recipes to satisfy his sweet tooth. Josh, this ones for you, buddy. :) 

Makes 9 donuts - adapted from Flapjacked.com

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 c. Cinnamon Apple Baking Mix

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 large egg

1/4 c. 2% Greek yogurt

1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients and mix well with a whisk until there are no more clumps and let sit 3-5 minutes.

3. Prepare a "pastry bag" to pipe the donuts into the donut pan. Place a large Ziplock freezer bag inside a tall glass and scoop the batter into the bag with a spatula. Remove bag from glass and squeeze all the batter down into one corner of the bag, twisting the bag at the top. Cut the corner of the Ziplock bag off and immediately pipe the batter into the donut pan. Do not cover the center of the donut. 

3. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple minutes while you mix powdered sugar and cinnamon and place in a large ziploc bag.  Shake each doughnut in the sugar, tap off excess and ENJOY!

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER DONUT: 

84 calories, 9 g carbs (2 g fiber), 8 g protein, 2 g fat 

Full disclosure: I do not receive any compensation for promoting Flapjacked protein pancake mixes. They contributed several bags of their protein pancakes mixes for our recent 7-Day Breakfast Challenge giveaways, but I order bags of their mix every few weeks with my own money! I just love sharing great products that I believe in with you - and Flapjacked is one of them!