If you’re searching for a delicious way to satisfy your craving for a sweet treat without the sugar crash, look no further than this amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Donut Holes recipe. These tasty gluten-free, sugar free, low carb, and keto treats are not only a healthier option but they deliver a protein punch in each serving!
In this article, you’ll learn how to make your own low carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Donut Holes at home in just a few easy steps, as well as tips to make sure your donuts come out perfect every time. So if you’re ready to get baking, let’s get started!
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Why you’ll love this recipe for gluten free chocolate peanut butter protein donut holes:
- This sugar free donut hole recipe makes a good sized batch of donuts that are also higher in protein so you can indulge without a sugar crash!
- The addition of protein powder makes these almond flour donut holes light and fluffy, not dense like many almond flour recipes.
- Topping these donuts with the easy peanut butter glaze makes them such a wonderful treat and really maximizes the classic chocolate peanut butter flavor (which is one of my personal favorites!)
Equipment for these easy protein donuts:
To make this gluten free donut hole recipe you’ll need a few pieces of equipment you likely already have on hand:
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Small microwave-safe bowl
Ingredients for these delicious keto donut holes:
It takes a few ingredients to make these protein doughnuts. You may or may not already have all the ingredients you need.
With the exception of the keto protein powder, you should be able to find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store (you can use the instacart button in the recipe card to add them to your grocery delivery easily), but you can also find great deals on allergen free ingredients online through Thrive Market.
I used Keto Chow protein powder to make these, you can find this straight from their website here (<– using this link will save you 10% on your order!)
To make this doughnut holes recipe you’ll need:
- Chocolate peanut butter protein powder. As mentioned, for this recipe I used Keto Chow, but you could use your favorite protein powder. Check out this guide to the best gluten free protein powder brands!
- Baking powder. Baking powder is naturally gluten free, but you can see gf baking powder brands here.
- Almond flour. I love this brand of blanched almond flour–it’s tasty and SO affordable! You can also learn to make homemade almond flour here.
- Xanthan gum. This is essential for your donut hole developing it’s fantastic texture.
- Sour cream.
- Butter. Butter is typically gluten free too, but here’s our guide to gluten free butter.
- Natural peanut butter. You’ll want creamy peanut butter for this recipe, here’s our favorite gf peanut butter brands!
- Heavy whipping cream.
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How to make gluten free donut holes
I know these look high effort, but honestly, this protein donut recipe could not be easier to make!
First you’ll prepare and bake the base of the healthy baked donut holes. Then mix and top with the glaze.
Making the baked gluten free donut holes:
To make the baked doughnut holes you’ll begin by preheating the oven. Then, in your mixing bowl, mix together the protein powder, baking powder, almond flour, xanthan gum, sour cream, melted butter, and water until well combined.
Form the mixture into 16 even balls and place them onto your parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake these protein powder donuts for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow to cool to room temperature.
Making the peanut butter glaze:
While the protein powder doughnuts are cooling, you can make the glaze.
Put the remaining butter and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl. Alternate heating for 30 seconds and stirring until the butter and peanut butter are completely melted and well combined.
Stir in the heavy whipping cream and sugar substitute for the glaze and continue to stir until smooth.
Once the donut holes are cool, dip them in the glaze and return them to the parchment lined baking sheet to set before serving.
How do you store homemade protein powder donuts?
Storing homemade protein powder doughnuts correctly is essential for keeping them fresh. Fortunately, it’s easy to do!
The best way to store homemade protein powder donuts is to place them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If you need to store the donuts for longer than that, they can be frozen. Be sure to wrap each individual protein donut snack in parchment before putting it in a freezer safe plastic bag.
How much protein is in a protein donut?
These protein doughnut holes have approximately 4g of protein each. This protein count will depend on the protein powder used–I used chocolate peanut butter Keto Chow! Click here to try Keto Chow for 10% off.
In conclusion, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Donut Holes recipe is a delicious yet healthy alternative to the traditional donut. They are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat while still reaping the benefits of a protein-filled snack. Not to mention, they are gluten free, sugar free, low carb, and keto friendly, and are simple to make.
So why not try this delicious and healthy alternative to the traditional donut and satisfy your sweet tooth?
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Donut Holes
- 1 baking sheet
- 1/4 cup chocolate peanut butter protein powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- 2 tbsp water
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp butter softened
- 2 tbsp sugar free confectioners sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix together all the donut hole ingredients until smooth.
- Form the mixture into 16 evenly sized balls, and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature
- Meanwhile, place the butter and peanut butter for the glaze into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time and stirring between each interval until completely melted and fully combined.
- Mix in the heavy whipping cream and sugar substitute for the glaze until smooth.
- Dip the donut holes into the glaze, and return to the parchment lined baking sheet to set before serving.
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