Almond Protein Doughnut

Although we can occasionally fit real doughnuts into our macros, why not to have delicious protein doughnuts every day? I applied the experimental skills, I acquired in research labs in the past 10 years, to a new challenge: the creation of a macros-friendly protein doughnuts. This doughnut is the answer to you performance goals, body composition goals and to the question how to make life more enjoyable. 3, 2, 1 BAKE! ;-)


- 40g defatted almond flour (see note 1)
- 40g vital wheat gluten
- 50-60g grated apple (see note 2)
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. non calorie sweetener (e.g. Truvia (erythritol + stevia) or xylitol)
- ¼ cup (60ml) water (see note 3)
- 20g Chocolate Protein Cream (see note 4)


  1. Combine all dry ingredients, mix in the grated apple and water.
  2. Knead to a dough, separate into 2 parts and place into a doughnut pan.
  3. Bake for 20-30 min (depending how moist or dry you would like to have them) at 180 C/ 350F.
  4. Let doughnuts cool down and top with chocolate protein crème and other delicious toppings.


The recipe gives 2 doughnuts.

Approx. nutritional info per 1 doughnut: 167 kcal/ C – 10g/ P – 25g/ F – 3g
Per 1 doughnut topped with protein crème: 191 kcal/ C – 11g/ P – 30g/ F – 4g

Note 1: If you don’t have any defatted almond flour, you can replace it with pea protein (if you like the flavor use plain, otherwise flavored or add some flavoring, such as vanilla extract). However, they won’t turn out as nice as the almond flour version (but still ok), and the pleasant almond flavor will be missing.

Note 2: I made the experience that the texture of baked foods that are based on gluten becomes much nicer, when you add something ‘moisturizing’ to them, e.g. grated fruits (e.g. apple) or veggies (e.g. zucchini). However, big watery pieces, e.g. berries or pureed fruits or veggies (e.g. spinach) don’t have the same effect (-> too much moisture).

Note 3: Don’t add too much water!!! Otherwise you will get a texture of a wet sponge! See images in the comments how the dough should look like.

Note 4: Here is the recipe for the Chocolate Protein Cream