Healthy Chocolate Glazed Donuts

A few years ago, this local donut shop called “Sugar Shack” was established in my city.

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And believe me when I say these donuts changed my life forever.

Although I grew up enjoying soft, fried Krispy Kreme Donuts (sorry Dunkin’ Donuts fans- it was never a favorite of mine), the minute that big, fluffy Sugar Shack donut touched my lips I was in love! While the donuts were large and airy, the toppings were absolutely DECADENT (creating the perfect balance!).

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Thick salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce sprinkled with chopped peanuts, vanilla frosting absolutely coated in sprinkles… I just had to try them all!

And that was it- I was ruined for any other kind of donut. From then on, I would do anything I could to get my hands on a good Sugar Shack donut. Whether it was participating in the Sugar Shack’s daily Free-Donut-Challenge (such as telling the cashier a tongue twister or bringing in a homemade meme for one free house donut!) or bringing my younger sister to school as an excuse to pass the shop, I tried all the tricks! And definitely ate my share of donuts along the way!

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However, you know me. So you know that if I can “healthify” something in any way possible… I have to try! And these donuts are no different 🙂

I decided to create a healthy version of chocolate glazed donuts because they’re such a classic. Plus, who doesn’t love something slathered in chocolate icing and coated in sprinkles?

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The donuts themselves are gluten free, high in protein, and only contain 3 tbs oil! And the biggest surprise of all: the frosting doesn’t contain any powdered sugar whatsoever! Instead, I used healthy, wholesome ingredients that you could easily find in the cabinet or in the shelves of your local supermarket.

And created a chocolate glazed donut so good that I would choose it over Sugar Shack any day!

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Because — spoiler alert — while Sugar Shack Donuts are certainly delicious, they leave you with a sugar hangover so bad you would have thought you downed an entire liter of Soda in fifteen minutes!

Healthy Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

  • 1/2 c coconut flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • 1/2 c vanilla protein powder (about 50g) (or coconut flour)
  • 1/3 c coconut sugar (or white sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Healthy Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 tbs chocolate peanut butter (or nutella, chocolate almond butter, etc.)
  • 1 tbs agave (or honey)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Add coconut oil, egg, milk, and vanilla and stir until smooth. Grease a donut pan. Pour mixture into a ziploc bag or icing bag and cut the tip off. Squeeze into donut cavities, filling 3/4 the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)

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(Yields 8 donuts)

Nutrition information does include chocolate glaze. If you choose not to include, it will read as follows: 141 calories, 7g fat, 13g carbs, 7g protein.

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