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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recipe: Healthy Baked Blueberry Protein Donuts

Healthy Blueberry Protein Donuts Recipe - baked donuts recipe, sugar free, high protein, gluten free, protein powder, healthy, low fat, low calorie

Most people would say the silly season starts in November, however, for us it definitely starts in October. We're right in the middle of Christmas prep mode - both for work and the blog - and our schedules are jam packed.

When we're rushing around like headless chooks, baking tends to fall by the wayside - unless the recipe is fast, easy and portable - and that's exactly what this recipe is!

I wanted to come up with an on-the-go snack option that was quick and easy to make, packed with protein, low in (or even free!) from sugar and absolutely delicious and I accidentally came up with these donuts!

Gluten Free Blueberry Protein Donuts Recipe - baked donuts recipe, sugar free, high protein, gluten free, protein powder, healthy, low fat, low calorie

You see, I didn't really know what I was planning on making when I started. I got out the protein powder, added in some ingredients, threw in some frozen blueberries and decided muffins just weren't on the menu so I grabbed my donut pan instead.

8 or so minutes later, we had a piping hot batch of donuts sitting on the bench top and just a few minutes later they disappeared into our bellies!

This recipe makes a small batch - which means it's perfect if it's just for you or you want to whip up something quickly, however, it can also be doubled or tripled to make a larger batch - and the donuts can be frozen too!

But let me share the recipe with you! >> 

Low Carb Blueberry Protein Donuts Recipe - baked donuts recipe, sugar free, high protein, gluten free, protein powder, healthy, low fat, low calorie

Healthy Baked Blueberry Protein Donuts Recipe 
makes 4-6, depending on the size of your donut pan
low fat, gluten free, sugar free/refined sugar free, high protein

1/3 cup (30g) gluten free oats, ground into oat flour*see below for alternatives
3 tbsp (20g) almond meal/almond flour
2 tbsp (~15g) unflavoured whey protein or your favourite protein powder**
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 (~90g) egg whites 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
2-3 tbsp maple syrup or 1 1/2-2 tsp liquid stevia***
~1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (I just added a handful)
  • Preheat oven to 180C/355F
  • Grease a non-stick donut pan or muffin tin and set aside 
  • Combine all your ingredients, except for the blueberries, until smooth and no lumps remain. 
  • Gently stir through your blueberries and spoon your mixture into your prepared pans, filling 3/4 full. 
  • Bake your donuts for 8-10 minutes or until they are cooked through and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean. The underside of your donuts will be nice and golden whilst the top will still be quite pale. Don't worry if they look ugly in the pans, just flip them over to the good side! 
  • Allow your donuts to cool before removing from the tins and devouring!
  • If you like, feel free to glaze or frost your donuts as desired. We often make up a glaze using 1-2 tbsp whey protein and 1 tbsp maple syrup. 
  • These donuts will keep for 1-2 days in a container at room temperature or in the fridge or can be frozen in an airtight ziplock bag/container until you're ready to eat them! Simply defrost them in the fridge overnight before eating.
*Find out more about oats on a gluten free diet. If you can't tolerate oats, feel free to switch this for 3 tbsp gluten free plain flour.
**You'll want to use a protein powder - not a meal replacement shake mix. If you're using a sweetened protein powder, adjust the sweetener as needed.
***Adjust the sweetener to your tastes or use 2-3 tbsp of honey. coconut sugar or brown sugar instead.

When you're busy, what usually falls by the wayside? What do you forget to do or simply not have time for?
When I'm busy I never have enough time to read and I often find myself eating either standing up or in the car rushing from place to place :P 


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