Apple Pie Protein Doughnuts

Last week, I scored some new baking toys at one of my local stores, and I was itching to make doughnuts. I looked up a few recipes, and finally decided to go with one that has some apple flavor.


Apples are almost exclusively in E territory for THMers, so it can be difficult to get the decadence you want from apple pie without going into crossover territory (which isn’t a bad thing, of course!).

Using whey as a base, you get a doughnut that’s both flavorful and filling. This is a recipe I adapted from Andrea’s Protein Cakery.


Apple Pie Protein Doughnuts (THM FP or E, with an S option)

Serves 6 (full size doughnuts)

  • 1 c whey isolate (Pristine Whey works great or any other on-plan substitute. Just make sure if you’re substituting a brand that’s flavored to leave out the sweetener and vanilla.)
  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-2 Tsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Truvia or Gentle Sweet
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • scant 1/8 tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 325.

Whisk together all ingredients for the cakes in a medium-sized bowl. How much almond milk you use depends on your batter. This was the last thing I added, as the batter was looking dry. I glugged (technical term ^_~) in just enough to get everything to come together. The batter was about the consistency of waffle batter, maybe a hair thicker.

Spray your doughnut form pan lightly with coconut oil, and spoon or pipe the batter into each mold, smoothing it over as you go.

Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. *NOTE: Watch them carefully while baking, you do  NOT want to over bake. Mine went for about 12-13 minutes. After the 10 minute mark, I was checking them every minute until I pulled them out.

Remove from the oven and cool until they’re OK to touch.

In a small blender, combine 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1-2 packets Truvia or Gentle Sweet (each packet is about 1 tsp).Grind 1-2 minutes until the sweetener is ground.

Spray each doughnut lightly with coconut oil on all sides, then roll in the sweet cinnamon mixture.


NOTE* As is (sprayed with coconut oil), up to 3 of these doughnuts are FP, not accounting anything else in your meal. If you’re having more than one in S mode, just watch the carb count of the other items in your meal.

MORE  NOTES* Baking with whey can be very dry. If you want to make these doughnuts more into S mode, you can brush them with melted butter or coconut oil before rolling them in the sweet cinnamon dust. This may help lend some moisture to the doughnuts, but that will change their territory to S, and no more than three (because of the carbs from the applesauce –  each doughnut has about 2.67g carbs).

Happy baking!



6 thoughts on “Apple Pie Protein Doughnuts

      • I made these this morning. my family loved them. I also used chocolate protein powder and made a batch with peanut butter protein powder. I didn’t add any vanilla and only one tsp of sugar. I did have to add more coconut milk to them. As the batter was to thick. This is a recipe i will definitely
        do over again. thank you.

  1. I’ve made THM donuts before they aren’t bad, but I wonder could I use 3/4 c whey and 1/2 cup oat flour. I like oat flour cause it has more of “white flour” taste than coconut (I dislike coconut very much). This would still keep it in E setting but would boost the carbs a bit right?

    • That would keep it in E mode, you’re right. You may have to play with the wet/dry ratio a bit, as coconut flour is very dry. I would keep the whey the same, and maybe start with 1/3 c oat flour.

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