I thought I’d kissed donuts goodbye a long time ago.
Truth: back in the day I used to eat a few every Saturday, and sometimes even on weekday mornings.
It was a weekly ritual that I enjoyed, but when my health started derailing, I started eating clean, and donuts were clearly off the menu.
It took a while to realize I could have a healthy version of the treats I loved here and there. I started with energy balls, and from there I’d tweak recipes, adding and subtracting ingredients based on my new food philosophy, until I came up with some really good healthy treats.
But I still wasn’t thinking about donuts.
Then I inadvertently passed a donut shop – mini donuts appear to be all the rage these days – and it got my wheels spinning. And I thought: I bet I could develop a healthy donut recipe.
And, yeah. I’m sure you’re not expecting a donut recipe on my blog, but that’s exactly what I’m giving you today.
No guilt, all good, and it’s paleo-approved.
Welcome Back the Donut
One of the biggest challenges of producing good, healthy baked goods is getting a flour-like consistency without using refined flour.
Wheat flour and other grains that contain gluten have proteins that cause gut inflammation, which can trigger health issues. Also, refined flour can also cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which can cause irritability, mood swings, and lethargy.
That’s why I like to use coconut flour in my recipes that include baked goods.
Coconut flour is made from the fleshy inside of the coconut – the meat – which is baked at a low temperature, then ground into a flour-like substance. It’s high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and is naturally gluten-free.
You’ll typically be able to find it in the baking aisle or in the health food aisle of larger grocery and natural food stores, with other gluten-free products.
As a reference, use ¼ cup coconut flour for every 1 cup of refined flour in a recipe. Also, since coconut flour is rather dry, you’ll need to double or triple the number of eggs you use, as I did in this recipe.
Versatile Protein Donuts
This donut recipe is adaptable, and can be adjusted to a variety of different tastes.
Want pumpkin donuts? Swap out the bananas for ½ cup pumpkin puree, and add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, leaving out the chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.
If you’re a major chocolate lover, swap out the vanilla protein powder for chocolate protein powder, and add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to the recipe.
If you’re a fan of strawberry shortcake, leave out the chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle and add in 12 chopped fresh strawberries.
It’s true: eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up desserts and sweet treats.
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Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.