Healthy Protein Donuts

Vegan, packed with protein and rich in chocolate; this recipe is a must save!

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I’ve been teasing these healthy protein donuts for a year now! When I first made them I pretty much winged it so its taken a while to put pen to paper and document it. They’re not your typical doughy donuts but more like a delicious cake-pop! I’m so excited to share them with you now. At this point several friends and family have tried these donuts and can’t believe whats in them. Vegan, packed with protein and rich in chocolate; this recipe is a must save!

Comment below or tag @brittbehealthy on social media if you make these!

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The secret ingredient

Chickpeas! Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a popular ingredient in many healthy desserts because of its neutral flavor, versatility, protein and nutrients! One cup of chickpeas contains 39 grams of protein.
When choosing your can of chickpeas for this recipe, I highly recommend using organic and one with around 100mg or less of sodium. Many of the cheapest cans of chickpeas have a very high sodium level in addition to random added ingredients. If you want these donuts to be the best for your body, it starts with selecting quality ingredients.

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Why plant protein?

Protein is an essential macronutrient in the diet because it helps to transfer energy throughout the body and maintains healthy muscles, organs, skin, etc. (to name a few reasons). Many people assume you need to get your protein from animal products but on the contrary the best form of protein is through plants such as legumes (beans), nuts and seeds, whole grains and fruits and veggies.

Plant protein is great for you because unlike many animal products it doesn’t come with saturated fat & extra sodium. Instead it provides protein, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay strong and healthy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad to have animal protein but if you can incorporate more plant protein into the diet, you’re more likely to add more nutrients too.

You don’t have to give up your favorite treats

Having the goal to be healthier doesn’t equal giving up your favorite treats, it just means finding better alternatives. I absolutely love donuts and have been able to whip up these healthy protein donuts whenever the craving sets in. I promise you’ll be wow’d after you take the first bite.

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Chocolate healthy protein donut

Healthy Protein Donuts

These are not your typical donuts. They have a cake-pop consistency that making eat just one tough. They are vegan, packed with protein and rich in chocolate; this recipe is a must save! The chickpeas provide a punch of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can enjoy these donuts as breakfast, a snack or dessert!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 min
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • a donut pan
  • Food processor


  • 1 cup Chickpeas (AKA Garbanzo beans) drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk may need a little more though
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Gluten from 1 to 1 baking flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt

Chocolate glaze

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil


Making the donuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350'F
  • In a food processor add the drained and rinsed chickpeas, but don't blend it yet.
  • Next, add the 1 cup of melted dark chocolate, almond milk, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Blend it all together to as smooth as you can get it (its okay if it's somewhat chunky).
  • Then, slowly pulse in the flour. This can cause the batter to get really thick. If this happens add 2 more tablespoons of almond milk. It should get smoother.
  • Next, add in the coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Blend until the batter is a bit pourable, although thick.
  • In a greased donut pan/mold, add the batter to each donut shape. You can fill it to the top on each. The donuts will rise to be thicker.
  • Bake the donuts for 10 minutes and let them cool for a few minutes in the pan. If you try to remove them too soon they will crumble.

After they've baked

  • After they have chilled a bit, flip the donut mold over for the donuts to come out.
  • Place the donuts on a plate and put them in the fridge for 10 minutes. This helps to keep them from crumbling.

The chocolate glaze

  • In a microwavable, bowl melt the 1 cup of chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds & stir. Repeat this until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Once the donuts have mostly cooled, on one side dip each donut into the bowl of chocolate to top it with the glaze, and place back on the plate.
  • When all the donuts have been dipped, place them back into fridge until the glaze hardens.
  • Eat whenever you want!


Because of the chocolate glaze and need to maintain the donut’s consistency, you’ll want to store these in the fridge.  They can save for 3-4 days but let us be honest– they’ll be eaten before then. 
Tag @brittbehealthy or comment below if you love the recipe. 
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