Chocolate chip protein donuts
Hey y'all! So I'm here today to bring you a new recipe I created while experimenting a bit in the kitchen the other night. I was craving something sweet, but also know that I don't care one bit to have something sugar laden. I gave up eating anything with added white sugar probably over 4 or 5 years ago and I haven't gone back since...it seriously was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is not to say that I never eat sugar...quite frankly my diet is very high in sugar...very! I am a vegan and have been for many years, but over the last roughly two years I have really transitioned to eating primarily as a raw vegan. I'll still enjoy a warm meal here and there, but I know I just feel my best when I eat primarily raw. Ok, I got kind of off track there...now back to discussing sugar. My diet is very high in sugar because a great bulk of it is fruit...and LOTS of it. Friends, I can't stress it enough...white sugar is hands down one of the worst foods you can consume...it literally has ZERO nutritional value. I'm not saying be a bit over the top like me and cut it out completely, but reduce it in your diet as much as possible...I promise you your body will thank you. Now, back to this recipe. I was busy studying the other night and wanted something sweet so spur of the moment decided to create something. By the way, this is very typical of me...I can't tell you how many recipes I've attempted to create just spur of the moment and without much thought and goodness I've had some disasters! Then occasionally I get a good one...this is one of those...at least in my opinion. I was originally going to attempt some muffins, but realized that I needed a muffin pan so that was completely out of the question...and there it was...while searching through my pans, I ran across a donut pan. Hmmm, I thought to myself...why not attempt some healthy donuts?? I didn't know what exactly and didn't care at the time...because I was now on a mission. If you know me at all, you know that I post often with healthier alternatives for treats. The funny thing is that I often create different treats with using quite frankly the majority of the same ingredients just in different proportions...what can I say...I'm a creature of happen...it works so I'll just keep on doing it. I pulled out my many of usual ingredients...gluten free flour, Arbonne protein powder, peanut butter, vegan chocolate chips, and ripe banana (plus a few others) and got to creating. Before getting into the recipe, I want to add a quick note...trust me you want to follow it. Often I find with most vegan baked goods, they tend to be softer in the middle and can fall apart easy...almost as if they don't bake all the way. You have to remember that vegan goods do not contain eggs, which often act as a binder in foods...think of it as the glue that helps to keep it all together. For that reason, I almost always recommend you leave them in the pan to cool for several hours and then remove them to leave overnight in the fridge and let them completely cool. It makes a HUGE difference in allowing the baked goods to completely set so it comes out in one piece. So without further delay...
-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use Arbonne protein powder...it's a completely vegan and clean protein powder...if you are curious to learn more just shoot me a message)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 cup gluten free flour
-1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth kind)
- 1 mashed large sized ripe banana
-1 tbs unsweetened almond milk
-1/3 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray donut pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add the peanut butter, banana, and almond milk and mix well. For me at this point, I found it to be very thick so I made sure to wash my hands well and mixed with my hands. After well mixed, then (still using my hands) I mixed in the chocolate chips. The mixture should be thick!
3. My donut pan has exactly 6 donut slots so I divided it amongst the 6 and it was exactly the right amount...using the back of a spoon flatten down the batter in each donut slot so that it is packed nicely in each one and not covering the middle circle at all.
4. Bake for 12-14 mins (every oven is different...my was closer to that 14 min mark) and until a golden brown. At this point (as I mentioned up top), I let them completely cool by keeping them in the pan for several hours. After a few hours, I remove them carefully from the pan and then let them sit overnight in the fridge...this step cannot be skipped...I REPEAT, THESE LAST STEPS TO PROPERLY COOL OVER NIGHT CANNOT BE SKIPPED...it is worth the wait...trust me.
So there you go folks...a healthier alternative to donuts. If you are expecting Krispy Kreme, then you are going to be disappointed lol; however, if you are like me and genuinely want a healthier treat or are looking for a gluten free alternative because of diet (whatever your reason) then this is it. I hope you enjoy this : )...let me know if you make these and what you think...besos!