Friday, January 30, 2009

Mini Protein Donuts: Time to make the donuts

So yeah every once in awhile I start channeling Martha Freakin' Stewart and sh!t like this happens...

Shelly's Mini Chocolate Protein Donuts

1 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 cup Water
Super Groovy Mini Donut Pan

Preheat oven to 325. Spray your super groovy mini donut pan with Pam. Mix all ingredients till well combined.

Fill pan 1/2 full with batter.

Bake 8 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Makes 24 mini donuts.

You can leave them plain but come on now who wants a plain donut???

Shelly's Chocolate Donut Glaze

Sugar Free Chocolate Bar, melted (Amber Lyn makes a great one, or Hershey's SF Chocolate Chips)

Dip cooled donuts into chocolate and then into optional toppings. Allow to set on wire rack.

Topping Ideas
Sugar Free White or Milk Chocolate Donut Glaze
Crushed Sugar Free Candy
Toasted Unsweetened Coconut
Crushed Nuts (Peanuts or Hazelnuts work well)

Sugar Free No Sugar Added Low Carb Protein Powder Recipes

Commence Martha Stewart Exorcism.
Get thee behind me, Martha.
Out, out.
Leave the donuts though.


Denise Rambo said...

BLESS YOU Shelly! Donuts are one of the things I've missed since having my surgery. I generally don't cook (because it's just me and I don't have to) but I'm SO going to give these a try. I think round of the thrift shops is in order this weekend ... to paraphrase the Dunkin' Donuts guy ... "Got to find the donut pan."

Aims said...

HOLY SHIT! Bow down before the Queen, let us give her eternal thanks!

She's A Rebel, She's A Saint said...

Hi Shelly,

I was wondering about all of the sugar free stuff that you use. Do you have any ill side effects from the sugar alcohols that are so common in sugar free products? When I was pre-op, my Nut warned us all against those sugar alcohols, saying that any chemical that ended in "tol" like xylitol, would cause most people to have unpleasant bowel problems.

With that in mind, I have stayed away from the sugar free sweets. I use Splenda in everything. I don't eat baked goods unless I make them at home and with Splenda.

I've never tried any of the syrups that you use either. I'm curious about them.

Anyway...I'm just curious about those alcohols.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

LOL have fun... Martha needs a new soul to possess.

Torani and Davinci Syrups are made with Splenda (most people don't have problems with Splenda) not one of the "tol's" but yeah some people have issues with them. I don't but I don't do anything in excess either.

I get a lot of Q's about the artifical sweetener danger issue but my theory is we all have to die of something. I'm going out drinking my Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte happy as a clam. LOL. ;)


Caitlin said...

Your donut narrative just made my day. Thanks :)

adoll said...

I think I have just died and gone to donut heaven!! Seriously though, donuts?! I vote that Martha can stay as long as she would like if more sweet (guilt free) stuff like this continues to come out of your kitchen!!

kerrig said...

omg!!!!!!! You are an evil, evil, woman, & I LOVE YOU!!!!

Jennifer Miller said...

These look FANTASTIC!!

Anonymous said...


Do you think you could make these in a mini muffin tin since I don't have a donut pan?? What ya think??


I just had my surgery on December 15th and I can't wait to try some of your recipes! Please don' stop, you are an inspiration! Thank you!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I would wait and get the pan (it's around $10). The cooking time would be different... hollow area (like a bundt pan) speeds cooking but if you attempt it let me know. Good Luck!

MindyNTexas said...

Can you see me BOWING DOWN.
What is wrong with the WLS World they did not tell me about this site before now !!

Anonymous said...

just wondering what the protein/calorie content of these are ?

Toni said...


Thank you soooooooooooooo much for your blog and for the donut recipe. I was so excited to see protein ice cream and need a tissue! Sniff...

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You can figure out nutrition information to any recipe (mine or others) by going to a site like typing in each individual ingredient, add those totals and divide by the # of servings you get from the dish.

Nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef or turkey you use, etc. The nutrition numbers would swing like a pendulum. I leave that up to you.


Deb said...

I am so happy there are no words.
You were my hero before- now I want to marry you.

Barb Del Piano said...


Cindy said...

OMG....crack me up! I am so glad you didn't post this while my band was healing and I had no would have been ugly on so many levels :)

Luckily for me, donuts are something I cannot handle with the lap band...but this post was hilarious...gotta love Maw tha!

Rebecca said...

OMG Donuts! Everytime I go through the Dunkin Donuts drive thru to order my once daily ice tea or coffee I am always so tempted to order even just one munchkin. I've been craving one! I love you!

Diane said...

Adorable! My 9 yr. old loved going thru your site looking for b-day recipes for me. How cute it that?!?!?

fitzymom said...

You are awesome! I just love your site! My 11 yo son loves to cook. I can not wait to show him this site so we can cook healthy together!

Anonymous said...

i have a quick question i think i did something wrong my doughnuts were very dry??? I am not sure what i did though?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Not sure how I can help without knowing what you did. Did you make any ingredient substitutions? Use Pam? 8 minutes at 325. They are a bit dryer then the "real deal cake ones." Give it another shot ;)

Jeanninev from OH said...

My batter was way too thick to even get in the donut pan. I added an extra 1/4 cup of water and then they came out like donuts (cake ones). Are you sure it's 1/4 cup of water? With the extra 1/4 cup they were like a brownie batter. Before that the batter was way to thick.

They are really good. Thanks so much.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

So glad you enjoyed them. Yep 1/4 cup of water. Maybe your almond flavor was a little older or drier? Glad you adapted well ;)


tawnya said...

You sometimes buy your kitchen ware online. Any chance that was the case with the pan? Can't seem to find one anywhere! Help, please.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Yes. I bought the donut pan online on amazon. Here is the link:

or click on the ad for it on the left side of the screen.


Deb said...

Hi Shelly I screwed up- misread the recipe and used a half cup of unsweetened cocoa by accident- yuck. I was bummed I had to pitch them they were nasty. Anyway I am getting ready for round 2- I bought bakers unsweetened chocolate bars- do you think that will work with the Torani melted down?? I cant find those little Hershey bars. Or I could get some sugar free bars at Trader Joe's? I want to get this one right! Damn Almond Flour costs a fortune I was so mad I had to throw the first batch away. RATS!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Deb, Nope the Baker's Chocolate won't work... but CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens all carry the SF Bars. I hope you have better luck round 2. ~Michelle

Anonymous said...

I made these today! YOU RULE!!!!!

KimmyGee said...

My pan came on Thursday and I finally made these today!! PLEASE stay away from my donuts!! I cut the recipe in half to make twelve cuz I was concerned for my own well-being and the risk of eating two dozen in one sitting :) I only have vanilla Max Protein, so I used it and added a little extra cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon of espresso powder. I had a problem 1/2'ing an egg, but overcame the challenge by whisking it up a bit and using a couple of tablespoons. Perfect little donuts are on my cooling rack waiting to be dunked in s/f white chocolate and toasted coconut! OMG, I can't wait! Shelly, you make my life so much more enjoyable with all these wonderful food choices! Thank you just doesn't seem enough :) xo

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS......I so thought I would never get to eat a donut again I heart donuts as much as I heart coffee and I refuse to give up coffee...I am so thankful for stumbling across this recipe...You are such an awesome cooking goddess! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...I really heart donuts.

jennaflirt said...

I have been want ing to make these since you postedit. My pan came yesterday and today I hunted down the almond flour and pancake mix. I am off to the kitchen. Too excited to breathe. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Question... I just finished making these. Thank you they are awesome. I had some trouble with the thickness of the batter. It was like play dough. Should it be like this. It was really hard to get it into the pan. I ended up about 4 donuts short becuase i over filled the rest. Do you know of any way to thin it out a bit?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Glad you are enjoying them. The batter is thick like brownie batter consistency if that description helps. If your almond flour is a little dry it might affect it... add a little more water (not much).


JoAnna said...

I am new to your site and I love it. Just a question though. Do you list the nutritional information for your recipies? I am 2 weeks post op and need help couting my protein, and if this was listed with the recipies would be a great deal of help.
Thanks, Jo Anna Rice

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Jo Anna. I'm glad you enjoy my blog. I started it just to keep my friends and family up to date on my journey so it's neat to me that others have found it useful.

I don't put the nut info on my recipes because... nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef, type of protein powder, milk, etc. Plus serving size can vary what I eat as a 2 year post-op is a very different amount than a 3 month, 6 month, or 4 year post-op. The numbers would swing like a pendulum.

What I do when I need to find the nut info is go to type in each individual ingredient, add those totals and divide by the # of servings I get from the dish.

I understand sparkpeople and some other sites will give you nut info too but I've not used them.

Hope this helps,

Linda said...

Have you ever thought of publishing a book? I am enjoying this sight so much - but I am still pre-op and am terrified that this blog will go away by the time I'm at the point I can eat all of your yummy creations!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

So glad you are enjoying them, No worries I'm not going anywhere... Well I suppose I could get hit by a bus but you know ;) Thanks for the vote of confidence.


Anonymous said...

I have made these a few times. I think I'm going to have to invest in another donut pan and make a double or triple batch next time. Everytime the kids or husband or even BFF see them, they disappear before I get any!! Even the people at my husbands work love them! Yet again, you are awesome! Thanks for the blog, it has made my WLS journey so much easier!

ccm_crystal said...

My Dear Shelly...

How I love thee..
Let me count the ways..
Protein dounguts,
protein icecream,
protein cake,
bean salad..

haha.. but yes.. I truly do love you!! you have such a way to everyones heart here.

Just a ??? what if I dont have almond flour for the doughnuts??

Michelle "Shelly" said...


LOL TY for the laugh :)

Well unfortunately there is no sub for the almond flour/meal. You can make your own raw almonds in a coffee grinder or Trader Joe's carries it, Whole Foods, Health Food-ish store, Wild Oats/Henry's, Sprouts or the online link in the recipe. Hope this helps,


Canticles said...

I totally just made these for the first time and I think they are like... crack, or something.

tammers said...

OMG! You are truly a GOD send!!! I am SOOOOOoooo doing this next month for my birthday! I just bought the mini doughnut pan! I SUPER excited!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just curious, have you tried to make a donut that isn't chocolate? I'm a lover of chocolate on top but not sure about the chocolate donut........I'm off to Walgreens/Rite Aid to find the chocolates and then I think I have all of the ingredients and the pan.

Falon said...

Hey I gave you a shout out on my blog, these donuts were fantastic!

julieA said...

okay, it took me a while but I just jumped on the donut bandwagon! Oh,my,goodness!!! Thank you so much for this recipe/concept! I was in Kohl's today and had a 30% off coupon, plus a $10 gift coupon that was about to expire..and what did I find?? An electric donut baker!! Babycakes is like a waffle baker but bakes 6 mini donuts..your recipe made 12 perfect donuts! I used the Lean Dessert Banana Nut protein that I can't stomach as a shake, plus some caramel and vanill SF syrups. I shook a little Ideal Brown Sugar substitute on top after they were cooked. These are great!! And 1 was a perfect snack serving for me (I think the almond flour fills me quickly). I look forward to more experiments. THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Any ideas for substitue for Arrowhead mix? Im from Canada and can't seem to find a way to order this even through Amazon.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Maybe email Arrowhead Mills I know they sell online too (not sure about Canada shipping) but maybe they can hook you up with a local store the phone # listed on the web site is: 1-800-434-4246, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm Eastern Time

Asha Rao said...

20 days since I was sleeved...Can you make these for me and send them to should have your own shop