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Sweet Potato Protein Donuts

$9.06 Recipe/$0.57 Serving

Sweet potato protein donuts are about to become your new favorite go to snack!

Packed with protein, these healthy donuts are gluten free, egg free, vegan, dairy free and so easy to make! Ready in about 30 minutes with very little equipment needed!

Tray of sweet potato donuts covered in chocolate drizzle

I often spend some time on Sundays doing what I call ingredient prep. I prep big batches of things like rice, sweet potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and various proteins so that during the week I can quickly throw together a meal.

Typically, I find that I cook to much of at least one thing, and last week I had leftover sweet potatoes. I first thought of making gluten free sweet potato brownies but though that donuts would be more fun and an easier way to control portions! Those brownies disappear in like 2 days!

So I decided to modify that sweet potato brownie recipe and created these super thick, dense sweet potato donuts that are literally the perfect amount of sweet!

These protein donuts are the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack! They are secretly healthy – packed with fiber and protein! These would be the perfect after school snack for kiddos too!

Three sweet potato donuts stacked on top of each other on a cake stand. Additional donuts in front of the cake stand and behind.

Ingredients

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How to make protein donuts

  1. Start by mashing cooked sweet potatoes (without the skins) in a large bowl. You will need about 2 cups of sweet potatoes which is about 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato donut dough being made: mashed sweet potatoes are the base
  2. Add the ground flax and applesauce and stir well. The flax will help thicken the dough

    Sweet potato donut dough being made: adding in ground flax and applesauce
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: maple syrup and almond butter and stir well.

    Sweet potato donut dough being made: adding in almond butter and maple syrup
  4. Add the dry ingredients (gluten free flour, cacao powder, protein powder and baking powder).


    Sweet potato donut dough being made: adding in gluten free flour, protein powder and cacao
  5. Stir the mixture well. The batter will be very thick.

    What the sweet potato donut dough will look like before spooning it onto the donut pan
  6. Spoon the batter between 16 mini donut molds and press the batter in, creating the hole in the center (see below for tips on other options).

    Sweet potato donut dough spooned onto the silicone pan
  7. Bake in a 400F oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly and remove from the donut pan.

    Sweet potato donuts after baking, hand removing a donut from the mold
  9. Melt chocolate and drizzle over the donuts. Let cool in the fridge to harden the chocolate.

Optional toppings

You can add these toppings on top of the melted chocolate!

Other flavor combinations

Vanilla: If you don’t want to make chocolate sweet potato donuts, you can also make them vanilla! Use vanilla protein and increase the gluten free flour by 3 tablespoons.

Coffee: Add a kick to these donuts by adding in ½ tablespoon of espresso powder into the batter. This will intensify the chocolate and give it a bit of a caffeine boost.

Sweet potato donuts after baking, being drizzled with melted chocolate

Protein donuts common questions

Equipment you need

This recipe does require that you have a mini donut pan. I bought mine 2 years ago after painfully trying to make donuts using a muffin tin and rolled up pieces of parchment paper. This was easily one of the best investments! They are easy to store and have made making homemade healthy donut recipes so easy!

However, if you want to make these donuts today and don’t have a donut pan, check out the method on how to use a muffin tin and parchment paper in this high protein zucchini chocolate donut recipe!

How to easily get the donut pan filled

You can use a zip lock bag with the tip of a corner cut off and use it like a piping bag if you don’t want to mess with using a spoon and your fingers.

I have done both and personally prefer spooning out the batter and using my hands to make the hole in the center. You will find that the sweet potato donut batter is very thick so go slowly if using the ziplock bag method!

Hand holding a single sweet potato donut

How to make donuts without protein powder

If you don’t have protein powder, you will want to add an additional ½ cup of gluten free flour as well as ¼ cup coconut sugar (or maple syrup) to replace the protein powder in the recipe.

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How to store protein donuts

Fridge: These donuts can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in any air tight container.

Freezer: To freeze these donuts, first place them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, you can store them in any freezer container for up to 2 months.

Substitutions

Protein powder: This recipe calls for a vegan protein powder. I recommend Nuzest, as it has no added artificial sweeteners or ingredients and it’s very clean (no heavy metals like other vegan powders). However, you can use whatever vegan protein powder you love.

I have not tried this recipe with whey protein but I imagine that it will not work since whey often dries out when baking with it. This leaves most whey baked goods tasting “blah”. I would not recommend trying this recipe with whey protein powder.

If you want to use a collagen protein powder, follow the directions for no protein powder below. Simply add the collagen to the batter once mixed as it doesn’t change the consistency of a recipe.

Sweet potato: If you do not have mashed sweet potatoes on hand, you could substitute canned pumpkin, butternut squash or even mashed bananas in place of the mashed sweet potatoes.

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Two sweet potato protein donuts on a rectangular plate with more donuts in the background

Sweet Potato Donuts

$9.06 Recipe/$0.57 Serving
Sweet potato donuts are rich and fudgy and secretly healthy! Packed with protein, these donuts are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and so easy to make! Ready in about 30 minutes, these baked sweet potato chocolate donuts are going to become your new favorite snack or dessert!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein donuts, sweet potato donuts
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 16 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Mash the sweet potato in a large bowl. 
  • Add the ground flax and unsweetened applesauce to the mashed sweet potatoes and stir well
  • Add the almond butter and maple syrup to the mashed sweet potato mixture
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well. The batter will be very thick and it might take a minute to all come together
  • Once the batter is done, spoon it out between 16 mini donuts. Use a spoon or use a ziplock bag with the corner cut off like a piping bag
  • Once the dough is divided, be sure to shape the donuts, making sure there is a clear hole in the center (or they will become muffins)
  • Bake at 400F for 25 minutes. 
  • Take out of the oven, cool slightly. Move to a parchment paper or wax paper coated baking sheet. 
  • Melt unsweetened bakers chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the donuts using a spoon. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened. 

Notes

To make without protein powder:
If you don’t have protein powder, you will want to add an additional ½ cup of gluten free flour as well as ¼ cup coconut sugar (or maple syrup) to replace the protein powder in the recipe.
Storage:
Fridge: These donuts can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in any air tight container.

Freezer: To freeze these donuts, first place them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, you can store them in any freezer container for up to 2 months.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
97
Fat
 
3
g
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
Fiber
 
3
g
Sugar
 
3
g
Protein
 
5
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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