Protein donuts: Add some nutrients to your sweet treat

A hand holds a chocolate-covered protein donut up for the camera. More donuts are visible on the counter below.

For many people, donuts are a source of joy.

Remember when a coworker would walk in with that telltale white box? You knew your day just got a little brighter. Or maybe you make regular trips to your favorite bakery to see the vast array of sweet treats in the display case.

Whether they were a welcome gift or a personal indulgence, donuts can also come with a little guilt. Those high-calorie creations are typically loaded with sugar and fat (not the good kind) and not much else. While they taste amazing, when it comes to nutrients your body needs, don’t look to donuts to check any boxes.

How to make protein donuts

You can change that, however, by making your own. With a few swaps, substitutions and additions, like your favorite protein powder, you still get the sweet indulgence as well as some needed nutrients!

Professional Chef Jason Roberts made some delectable chocolate donuts during a live cooking demonstration on the XSNation Facebook® page recently using XS™ Protein Pods.

While they looked amazing, he was baking them from his home in Australia, so we didn’t get to do any taste testing. Commenters that made them, however, left rave reviews under the post. You can tell us how they taste in the comment section below.

NOTE: If you choose to use a different variety of protein powder, such as Nutrilite™ All Plant Protein Powder, don’t forget to adjust the recipe for flavor by adding a bit more sweetener and some cocoa.

Chef Jason Roberts uses a pastry bag to fill donut molds with the protein donut batter. A bag of XS Protein Pods sits on the counter near him.

XS Chocolate Protein Donut recipe


Makes 10-12 3-inch (8 cm) molded donuts⁠⁠


  • 2 XS Chocolate Pods⁠⁠
  • ½ cup honey⁠⁠
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup ⁠⁠
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil⁠⁠
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature⁠⁠
  • ½ cup almond milk, at room temperature⁠⁠
  • 3 ½ cups almond flour⁠⁠
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour ⁠⁠
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk⁠⁠
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda⁠⁠
  • ½ tsp kosher salt⁠⁠


Pre-heat oven to 160C/ 320F. In the order listed, place the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat till smooth with a wooden spoon.

Fill a piping bag with mixture and pipe into lightly oiled donut rings. (Chef Jason used coconut oil to grease the pan.) Place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until they are golden and spring back when touched. Allow to cool for a few minutes before unmolding.⁠⁠

An overhead view of baked donuts with a pan of chocolate glaze. Some donuts are covered with chocolate and large coconut shavings.

For the glaze:

  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips⁠⁠
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil⁠⁠
  • 1/3 cup goji berries⁠⁠
  • 1/3 cup cocoa nibs⁠⁠
  • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes⁠⁠

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a clean bowl over a pot of simmering water.⁠⁠ Dip donuts in melted chocolate and set over a cake rack, sprinkle over goji berries, cocoa nibs, and toasted coconut. Most importantly, enjoy!

To learn more about XS Protein Pods or Nutrilite All Plant Protein Powder, click on the links below. And to see more recipes using Nutrilite or XS products, check out our other blogs on Amway Connections.

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