Mini Protein Donuts

Have you ever tried protein donuts? I’ve made a few in the past and, like most recipes with protein powder, they’ve ended up sort of dry or dense or not quite right. Sometimes they’re heavy on the egg and the texture just doesn’t work but this protein donut recipe… this one is different.

healthy protein donuts recipe

I generally try not to post recipes that require a specific ingredient but this one does require Kodiak cakes power cakes mix. This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, they just make the perfect mix for this protein donuts recipe! Plus it’s easy to find (Target, Amazon, etc.) and it’s great for straight up pancakes!

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Mini Protein Donuts
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Serves: 14
  • 1 cup Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Mix
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon & sugar for dusting (optional)
  • Optional Mix Ins: Mini chocolate chips, walnuts, peanut butter, etc.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Combine the pancake mix, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the egg until just mixed.
  4. If your coconut oil is solid, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until melted.
  5. Add in the coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla.
  6. In a mini donut pan or mini muffin pan, add in about a tablespoon of batter for each donut.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
  8. If you're making these in a regular sized donut pan, bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.
  9. As soon as you take them out of the oven, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon and sugar on top!

healthy protein donuts recipe

I actually have a mini donut maker (I know, it’s a super practical kitchen appliance) but if you don’t have one, you could make these into mini muffins or larger donuts.  My recipe made about 18 mini protein donuts. Somehow by the end of the day, there were only 4 left. That should give you a good idea of how tasty these were. They’re light and fluffy just like a pancake or a muffin!

protein donuts 3

My plan was to take them to work and have a few as a snack during the 10:30am stomach growling time, but they all got eaten before I could take them in! These little donuts have less than 50 calories each. 

Don’t forget to pin these so you can make them later!

This mini protein donut recipe is the perfect on the go snack!

Looking for more protein packed snacks? Try these banana bread protein muffins!

banana bread protein muffins

Have you ever tried making donuts?


  1. I am SO excited to try these great looking donuts! I have tried Kodiak before and I love that brand! Plus a good excuse to eat donuts this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’ve never made homemade donuts before, but these look so good! I’ve never even seen a mini donut pan in stores before, but it sounds like a worthwhile purchase.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Yummy! I am putting a mini-donut pan on my list!

  4. I have made donuts once! It was really fun and they turned out cute. I’d have to say I prefer Dunkin though. I like my donuts fried and with strawberry frosting 🙂

  5. Yum!!!! Donuts are my weakness, but I actually wouldn’t feel too bad about these. I have that mix on my Amazon wish list now for my next order :).

    Erin, Attention to Darling Blog

  6. Everything is better mini, right? I used to love those packages of Donettes when I was growing up… talk about addicting 😉

  7. I really need to try Kodiak cakes! Everyone seems to love them! Making donuts with them is genius.

  8. Everyone loves these Kodiak cakes but I couldn’t hop on the bandwagon since they had no GF mixes until recently. Never thought to make protein donuts though – muffins or cupcakes sure, never donuts!

  9. I have actually been wanting to try and make donuts as well as bagels. Do you have a certain you use or recommend?

  10. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to give this a try!

  11. These donuts are so cute! I love that they are mini – makes them so much cuter! & of course, I love they are filled with protein. Thanks for sharing, and happy weekend 🙂

  12. OOOHHH I AM SO MAKING THESE TOMORROW!! You know I LOVE that kodiak mix 😀

  13. Cool! Hide healthy ingredients inside of a donut. That is clever. I must make this donuts.

    • Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my quui.sons.t.entil now.

    • I completely understand about the bread. I’ve got a post that I’m working on about Joseph’s Bakery….have you heard of their breads, Karen? They have pita and Lavash bread that is good and quite low in calories. It’s my new found LOVE.

  14. I need to try these without the egg. Do you have substitute suggestions? I know that applesauce often works…

    • Hmm I’m not sure if applesauce would work in this recipe (since the egg is also providing some fat) but maybe like a chia-egg or a flax egg?

      • Ok. I’ve only tried a flax egg once but I at least know what you are talking about. Maybe I’ll try the recipe once without altering it for a baseline.

  15. First of all, YUM!!! I am not going to lie, I have a donut pan and tend to seriously neglect it because I can never find good donut recipes that aren’t 90% sugar! I am definitely going to have to try these!

    Second, I actually just found a GIANT box of Kodiak Cake mix at Costco. So if you have a Costco membership, you should definitely check it out. ALL THE DONUTS!!!

  16. Mmmmmm…. DONUTS! Sounds deeeelightful!

  17. I can’t wait to try these! They are so cute and look delicious!!

  18. These are so cute and tasty looking. I’d never even heard of protein donuts before. Now that I know that these exist, I can’t wait to try them!

  19. These look awesome! I love mini donuts! And healthy?! How could I not make these!?

  20. I’ve never tried a protein donut before, or that Kodiak pancake mix, but I’m super intrigued. Sounds like they’d make a great snack and I love that there’s an option to bake in a mini muffin tin!

  21. Erica del Valle says:

    Do you happen to have the macros on these? Thanks so much!

  22. Do you macros?


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