The words “healthy” and “doughnuts” don’t typically belong in the same sentence: Doughnuts are typically fried and then doused with confectioners’ sugar or an ultra-sweet glaze.
But if we’re being honest, these fried treats are usually hard to resist because they’re so darn good.
So, as a favor to our waistlines, we’ve created three incredibly delicious (and simple to make) gluten- and grain-free doughnuts. One is Paleo, one is vegan, one is high-protein — and all are free of starches, gums, tapioca products and other high-starch pseudo foods.
And once you get in the habit of making your own healthy doughnuts, you just might never bat another lash at a store-bought doughnut again.
High-Protein Chocolate Doughnuts
These protein-rich doughnuts are loaded with fiber-filled black beans, protein powder and nearly half a dozen eggs. Choose any heat-stable protein powder you prefer — chocolate, plain or vanilla. Feel free to skip the peanut butter glaze if you’re feeling something simpler. Note that these doughnuts are incredibly tender and, as a result, quite delicate! Exercise caution when removing them from the doughnut pan.
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Paleo Blueberry Doughnuts
These beautiful Paleo doughnuts taste remarkably similar to the standard blueberry cake doughnut. Heart-healthy blueberries burst with fiber, while creamy yogurt adds an extra boost of protein. This recipe also includes an optional raspberry glaze that adds the perfect touch of tartness.
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Vegan Maple Doughnuts
Crunchy yet tender, these doughnuts scream (the good kind of) “old-fashioned.” They take approximately 45 minutes to bake, so be patient (they're worth the wait!). They need to get fully brown, and a toothpick or knife needs to come out clean.
Once done, you’ll sprinkle on a light layer of cinnamon sugar — use coconut sugar for a healthier alternative to cane sugar. Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar, so you don’t need to feel too guilty about this sweet treat. High-fiber flaxseed meal replaces eggs in this recipe, while a dash of cider vinegar reacts with baking soda to create fluffiness.
For the Full Recipe: Vegan Maple Doughnuts