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Quick and Easy Vanilla Protein Donuts with Sprinkles

Quick and Easy Vanilla Protein Donuts with Sprinkles is a high protein packed recipe that uses clean eating ingredients like whey protein powder. You can make your own baked Dough Bar doughnuts from Shark Tank right in your own home!

protein donut with frosting and sprinkles on a white plate

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This post was originally published in 2016 and has since been updated.

The push for protein, protein, and more protein calls for dairy gluten free protein donuts. Everyone is always on a journey to incorporate more protein into their diets. I’m always looking for a quick, yet tasty way to meet my protein goals. These protein donuts are just the trick! These also make a great dessert option.

protein donut mix in a donut maker pan

How to Make High Protein Donuts

  1. The key ingredients in this recipe are coconut flour, unsweetened applesauce, and protein powder. You will also need vanilla extract, unsweetened almond milk, baking powder, salt, stevia, eggs, and egg whites.
  2. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients in another. 
  5. Combine the mixture and stir. Add the mixture to the donut mold.
  6. Bake for 23-25 minutes.
6 finished protein donuts in a donut pan

How to Make Protein Donuts Moist

You can get really moist donuts by using unsweetened applesauce in this recipe. It’s used as a substitute for butter.

one finished protein donut

How Many Calories?

These donuts have less than 100 calories, with only 87 calories!

How to Store the Donuts

I like to store these donuts in the fridge so that they don’t get soggy immediately. They are best when eaten within a few days because they will eventually become soggy.

More Breakfast Recipes:

Low-Carb Bacon, Egg, Cheese Casserole
Low-Carb Hemp Seed Oatmeal
Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins

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4 vanilla protein donuts on a white plate with sprinkles
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Quick and Easy Vanilla Protein Donuts with Sprinkles

Quick and Easy Vanilla Protein Donuts with Sprinkles is a high protein packed recipe that uses clean eating ingredients like whey protein powder. You can make your own baked Dough Bar doughnuts from Shark Tank right in your own home!
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Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword protein donuts, protein packed donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 87kcal



  • ¾ scoop protein powder 15-20 grams
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  • Whisk the egg and egg whites together. Add the almond milk, apple sauce, vanilla extract, and stir.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then add to the wet ingredients.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut molds. Bake for 23-25 minutes.


  • Mix the protein powder and almond milk and stir until the mixture becomes thick. Add more powder or almond milk if needed.
  • Spread the icing over the donuts and top with sprinkles.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1donut | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g
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Recipe Rating

Sakkara Beirre

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Just wondering if you know if I can use coconut oil instead of apple sauce and how much. It's so time consuming to find a dairy and gluten free donut recipe. Thanks


Tuesday 30th of March 2021

I haven’t tried that.


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I made these 3 times now. The last time I used unflavored collagen protein, and followed the recipe exactly. They were overly moist, and wayyyy too sweet. I used pure stevia (not blended with anything else) I wonder what happened? Also, it doesn’t thicken to make frosting.


Thursday 21st of January 2021

I've never made these with collagen. Not sure.

Rosaura Robles

Thursday 8th of October 2020

I tried it and followed your steps and the dough came out very dry ?? my husband stated it tasted like sand ? any suggestions?? I don’t know what step I missed.


Friday 9th of October 2020

It’s likely the protein brand you used. What did you use?

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

These are honestly the best healthy deserts I have ever made! I highly recommend!!!


Sunday 27th of December 2020

What kind of protein did you use?


Friday 11th of September 2020

Wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Can you substitute coconut flour with almond flour?


Friday 27th of March 2020

No coconut flour and almond flour do not have a 1:1 substitution ratio.