I bought a donut baking tray a while back because I saw so many donuts on Instagram in a short period of time. Of course I had to make them myself as well, don’t you agree? The tray was far from cheap (given that it’s just a baking tray with 6 donut shaped spaces) but I decided it was a good investment. After all, it did come with a jam applier, donut shape cutter and a book of recipes (which I then realized was only in French, but hey, who knew)! My boyfriend told me that I was only going to use it once at most (like all other special baking appliances and accessories) so I had to prove him wrong. This now was the third time I used it – ha! 😀
I recently remembered I had it after I talked about it with my friend over coffee the other day. So off I was, searching for a good sugar free recipe that I could give a little twist to. Since I still had some protein powder in my pantry (from the time I “stole” it from my boyfriend beacuse I needed it for something) and since protein powders tend to give sweetness to the dish, I decided to look in that direction. This is how I found a recipe on the bodybuilding.com site.
Since I didn’t have the coconut flour (and also because I don’t really like it so I didn’t want to use it), I had to change up the recipe a little by adding quite a lot of additional walnut meal as well as spelt flour, because the coconut flour is known to be very absorbent and is therefore required in much smaller amonuts for the same amount of liquid ingredients. I also added vanilla and blueberries for flavor and some baking powder because I wanted them to rise really nicely. Keep in mind, that these donuts are almost not sweet (probably depends on the protein you use as well), so they are a perfect base for your choice of toppings. Feel free to add a few tablespoons of Sukrin or Xylitol to the mix to make them sweeter, though. You can also replace the listed ground nuts with any kind of ground nuts, or use coconut flour like in the original recipe. The final healthiness and calories of a donut will mostly depend on the topping you choose.
Ingredients (makes 5):
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/8 cup ground walnuts
1/4 cup spelt flour
1/4 cup vanilla ice cream Syntha6 protein (or any other to your taste)
1/8 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup rice milk (or any other milk)
½ tsp vanilla powder
½ tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Place all ingredients except blueberries in a smoothie maker/food processor/blender. Put dry ingredients first and then add the eggs.
- Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated and the oats have been crushed into flour. You should get a batter about the consistency of the one for muffins.
- Grease a baking tray for large american donuts (or if you have a silicon one you can skip the greasing) and divide the batter into five, filling each space to just under full. Add as much blueberries as you like and press them in the batter (be careful not to put to much because your donuts will fall appart when you try to take them out of the baking tray).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing them from the baking tray to avoid breaking the donuts. Serve with your choice of topping. You can make them the evening before and keep them in the fridge if you are too busy to make them in the morning. They store in a covered container really nicely.