What better way to kick off the first official week of fall than with...
Wait for it...
CARAMEL. PECAN. GLAZED. PUMPKIN. PROTEIN. DONUTS.
Yes, you DID read that right.
But wait: there's more.
These have less than THREE GRAMS of sugar and 11 grams of protein EACH!
Oh, and did I mention they're less than 100 calories?
Yes, dreams DO come true. Fall is off to a good start.
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Everyone loves donuts. Like, I swear, I could make this exact recipe in cupcake form and it would not be near as popular as it is in donut form. People just like donuts. If there is one thing I have learned about food blogging over the past year, it's if you can make it a donut - do it.
Because when it's a donut, it's completely acceptable to eat for breakfast, right? Especially with macros and ingredients like these. They are SO good and the macros are so fitness-friendly I could eat three at once and not even feel guilty about it.
These are gluten free, do not have ANY added oils OR added sugars, and use some of my favorite healthy ingredients to achieve a cakey texture with a sweet burst of flavor!
You guys already know I LOVE baking with greek yogurt. Dannon's Light and Fit Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt is my absolute FAVE. It is 80 calories per serving, nonfat, fairly low in sugar, and tastes delicious. I use this brand in all of my recipes that call for greek yogurt. I really try to avoid adding oils and butter to my recipes, so greek yogurt acts as a high protein, low fat substitute that helps the baked goods reach the same consistency as if I were to use butter or shortening.
On another note: SO many people are gluten intolerant and do not even realize it. I am not gluten intolerant, but I still don't eat gluten. These donuts use coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour. Coconut flour and almond flour can be used interchangeably in this recipe. I just used coconut flour because I had a container of Betterbody Foods Organic Coconut Flour in my pantry. It is SUPER high in fiber.
I will be the first to admit: I am a protein powder FIEND. I put it in pretty much everything. Even if it's not a full serving, I like to sprinkle it in to my recipes to give them an extra kick of flavor and boost of protein. If you feel slightly overwhelmed by the millions of options on the market, you are not alone! A lot of people have been asking my favorite brand to bake with and use in my shakes. I LOVE Unico Nutrition's APOLLO Pure Protein in the vanilla or birthday cake flavor. It is a combination of whey, casein, and egg albumin protein so they all digest at different rates and keep you full for a longer period of time! Not to mention, it tastes DELICIOUS and doesn't have that gross "protein" taste a lot of powders have. If you want to try it, you can use the code "BOWERS20" on www.uniconutriton.com for 20% off.
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But anyways, back to these donuts.
I topped them with a homemade pecan crumble and a caramel protein drizzle - both of which are included in the nutrition facts. I am a sucker for a good donut and every good donut has two things: a crumble topping and some sort of aesthetically pleasing drizzle. These meet the criteria for a "good donut" in my book.
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