Chocolate Protein Donuts

This morning was a miracle of happiness when the girls slept in until 8am this morning. I woke up and was like, “Where am I? What just happened?!” and it was probably the most beautiful thing ever. Needless to say, I think we were all a little zonked after our whirlwind trip to Disney. I started cleaning up around the house, and since the weather is perfection -the quintessential San Diego day- we skipped the Children’s Museum in favor of the park. It was a wise choice.

The bay

Another wise choice? These chocolate protein donuts.

Chocolate protein donuts

A week or so ago, I saw that Flavor God released their chocolate donut flavor, and I knew I wanted to try it.

Flavor god chocolate donut

It was my first time ordering from Flavor God, and their seasonings are low in calories (< 5 per serving) without added sweeteners or funky ingredients. I’ll definitely be ordering again. Also, it really gave these little treats that authentic chocolate donut taste.


When my chocolate donut flavor arrived, I had one mission for it.

Chocolate protein donut closeup

Well, duh.

It’s funny because my mom and nana sent us a fryer -the Pilot was ridiculously happy haha- so I could have REALLY donut-ed up. Instead, because fitness blog and everything, I healthified the Pilot’s all-time favorite food. Surprisingly, he didn’t mind.

Chocolate protein donuts no refined sugar or flour

These donuts are made without refined sugar or flour -just some oat flour and maple syrup- and are absolutely perfect with some dark chocolate ganache and rainbow sprinkles. We’ll definitely be making these again.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!


Chocolate Protein Donuts



For the Donuts

  • 1/2 cup oats, ground into flour
  • 1 1/2 scoops (about 65g) chocolate protein powder (Note: do NOT use egg white protein. I used chocolate vegan shakeology)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Flavor God chocolate donut flavoring (if you don’t have it, No worries. Just add 1teaspoon cocoa powder, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of coriander and a pinch of nutmeg)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

For the Topping

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Sprinkles


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a donut pan with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine all of the donut ingredients (minus the chocolate chips, coconut oil and sprinkles) and mix until smooth. Pour into your donut pan and bake for about 10 minutes, until set.
  3. 3. Let the donuts cool for a couple of minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely.
  4. 4. In a glass bowl, heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and heat again for another 10-20 seconds until melted and easy to stir. Stir until smooth. Pour the ganache onto the donuts and top with sprinkles! (<-- do not skip this part. You need these.)
  5. Feast. 🙂


  • Serving Size: 6

*Nutrition stats with the chocolate ganache can be found here

Hope you have an amazing day and I’ll see ya in the morning! Don’t forget to check in with today’s workout here.



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  1. Stepf on February 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    These look really delicious, Gina. Just curious: What would happen if you used egg white protein? I’m vegan, so no worry about actually doing it, but that warning sounded ominous, haha.

  2. Jyl on February 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Think this can make 6 muffins? I don’t have a donut pan and want to make these ASAP!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Yum-o! I’ve never heard of Flavor God. How did you hear about them? I need to get on that for my baking adventures!

  4. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I would totally try these!

  5. Ashley on February 17, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Love love love Flavor God! Actually found him on Instagram and have been using all his seasonings for quite some time and haven’t found any I don’t like yet!

  6. Stephanie on February 17, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hey Gina! I’ve tried a few of the Flavor God seasonings (thank you Instagram). The pizza one is sooooo good. I put it on egg whites with a little light mozzarella and it is amazing and so pizza-y! Also great on chicken or anything else you can think of. I also love the pumpkin flavor, would be great on oats! Those are my favs so far, but I have yet to be disappointed. (Promise I don’t work for them haha).

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      that sounds amazing! ok, i’ll get that one next 😉

  7. Erin on February 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Just made these but into timbits (Im Canadian) using a small donut maker….yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      yay, happy you liked them!

  8. Tracy on February 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Excited to try this recipe (although I don’t have a doughnut pan –> muffins)! I just ordered the seasoning when I saw it on your Insta. I actually ordered the dessert pack that included pumpkin pie and gingerbread 🙂 I’m excited to experiment!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      ok i need to get some more flavors

  9. joelle on February 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    If the Pilot loves donuts, you should come up here to Sidecar Doughnuts next time you stop by Disney! (It’s in Costa Mesa, CA.) PHENOM, especially the monthly gluten free flavors! Although I miss living in SD, living in Orange County has its perks – including this amazing doughnut shop.

  10. Kim Cryer on February 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Workout was a walk with a girlfriend in 68° weather in Oklahoma !!

  11. Kalliopi on February 18, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Everytime you suprise me more and more with your food imagination!Love the recipe and I will try it on Sunday!

  12. stepett on February 20, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Really good post,

  13. AMK on March 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Great recipe. I’ve made the recipe three times now. The 3rd time I let the batter sit for 20 minutes before filling donut pan. Idea borrowed from America’s Test Kitchen recipe for oatmeal muffins (lets the oats absorb moisture before baking). The result was donuts that were more cake-like.

    • Fitnessista on March 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      ohh brilliant! i will do this when i make them again tomorrow 🙂

  14. Hope @ StriveForBalance.Life on April 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    oh boy! I’m gluten free and haven’t had a donut in years!! i must try this…putting on the list.

  15. Jessica on January 15, 2017 at 11:04 am

    What would these count as in containers? A red, a yellow, or both? Thanks!

  16. Susie on February 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Goddamn. Cannot wait. To make.

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2017 at 11:36 am

      let me know if you try them!

  17. Paola on July 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Love donuts! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Kevin on May 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I know this post is older, but was hoping someone would see my comment. Does anyone have the nutrient breakdown on these?

  19. Great on September 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    The 1 star is just screwed up.

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