Apple Pie Protein Donuts

Pumpkin rightfully holds a lot of the spotlight this time of year. However, I think it’s about time to give it’s close running-mate a little bit of the stage. If we’re being honest, I would choose an apple crisp or pie over pumpkin any day! Oh yes, I said it. Come for me pumpkin police!

I love the tangy and sweet taste of apple. I also love the crisp texture of raw and the soft, gooey texture of baked apples. Unfortunately, eating apple crisp on a regular basis would make me feel sluggish, bloated, and give me crazy blood sugar crashes. That doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the decadent taste of baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and buttery almonds.  Instead, thanks to a few helpful Pinterest recipes like this and this, I come up with a delicious but also gluten-free, refined sugar-free, high-protein Apple Pie Protein Donuts recipe!

Apple Pie Protein Donuts

I love making a dozen of these donuts on Sunday meal prep to have for breakfast and snacks. They’re extremely easy to make and you probably have 90% of the ingredients in your pantry already. They are delicious dipped in coconut or almond milk, coffee, or warm herbal tea after dinner. And, they totally fit into your Life in Spandex Eat Guide!

Apple Pie Protein Donuts

Apple Pie Protein Donuts

Ingredients

Makes 8 donuts

4 scoops vegan vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp  nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

For a sweeter donut – 5 drops liquid Stevia or 1/4 cup granulated Stevia or coconut sugar (optional)

1/2 cup egg whites or 1 egg

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

Apple Topping

1 apple chopped

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut oil

Preparation 

  1. . Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Combine all of the donut dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mixed until combined.
  3.  Combine all of the donut wet ingredients in a separate medium bowl. Whisk until fully combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely mixed.
  5. Spray a donut tray with coconut oil cooking spray. Pour batter into the tray.
  6. Bake donuts  for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. While the donuts bake, put chopped apples, cinnamon, and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 to 5 minutes or until there’s liquid at the bottom and the apples are soft and fragrant.
  8. Take donuts out of the oven and top with apple topping when ready to eat.

LIS Servings per donut: 1 fat, 1/4 carb, 1/2 protein

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Health and happiness,

Emily

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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I’m Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let’s get fit together!

36 comments
  1. this looks so good!! I have to tell my bestie about it, she loves baking desserts

    xx
    lau
    http://www.malibluemymind.com/2017/11/four-seasons-in-one-day.html

    1. Yes share it please!! Donuts always taste better with friends 🙂

  2. These donuts sound delicious. A perfect option for a hearty breakfast!

    1. Thank you! Yes they keep me full during my busy mornings 😊

  3. I really need to buy a donut pan.

    1. I support that!! 100% 😀

  4. Yum, these look so delicious! I love that they are packed with protein too!!

    1. Thanks Angela!! They are sooo yummy

  5. These look so tender and delicious! I’m sure these will become a favorite!

    1. I’m sure too!! And they are 🙂

    1. Had one this morning with my eggs and strawberries 🙂

  6. These look so so good!!! Yummm

  7. I love how healthy these are. I need to try them!

    1. Yes you do! You’ll love how yummy they are too 😀

  8. YUM! I love it when protein meets a donut! 

    1. Right??!! Heaven in a bite 🙂

  9. I love me some donuts! These look amazing

    1. Who doesn’t?! Try them, they taste great too!

  10. I haven’t made donuts in forever, but I’m definitely gonna have to try these out! *-*!

    1. Dooo it! Then let me know how you like them 🤗

  11. Hmm a healthy donut. I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks

    1. You heard that right! You won’t regret it, promise.

  12. Omg! They looks so cute and delicious!! yum!

  13. Yumm! These look amazing! Definitely making them soon!!

    1. Let me know how they turn out! I’ve definitely eaten 6 out the 8 already in 3 Days 🙈🙈

    1. Thank you Deborah! They are so yummy too!

  14. I love that there’s added protein!

    1. Me too!! Makes it a wholesome snack or breakfast

  15. These ingredients look amazing! Especially the protein! 😉

    1. Thank you Laura! I like creating my own vegan blend on truenutrition.com 🤗

    1. Thank you Susie!! They taste just as good 😋

  16. These look super tasty and delicious! I have totally bookmarked this to make with my teenage kids.

    1. Thank you Paul!! I hope you love them

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