Everyday I have virtual playdates with my students. They make my days so much brighter since I haven't been in the classroom with my students for so long. During some playdates, we play pretend games and pretend that we are on the beach. During others, we play computerized versions of games like memory. On a playdate with one particular child, we talk about donuts. I know it sounds silly but this student is staying with family in another state and his absolute favorite thing about where he is, is that there is a Dunkin Donuts within walking distance. He tells me all about the flavors they have there, what donuts he has tried, and on one day he told me how sad he was that they were out of jelly filled munchkins. Total bummer.
Playdates with this student give me a real hankering for donuts! I mean after having the whole menu of donuts listed to me, can you really blame me? While there are plenty of places I can go near my apartment to get a donut, I try my best to only enjoy donuts once in a while. I have a wedding dress to fit into in a less than a year. So what was I to do? Keep going through my days with unsatisfied donut cravings? No way. I created my very own guilt free chocolate peanut butter protein packed donuts!
After some thoughtful recipe testing and planning I've created a donut thats full of protein, so it fuels my body for the day, instead of leaving me with a sugar crash, and at the same time tastes great! These donuts are baked by using a donut pan, instead of being fried in oil. By using both protein pancake mix and greek yogurt, there is plenty of protein in each donut, plus the greek yogurt helps make a fluffy donut. Chocolate and peanut butter are the dream team flavor couple in my opinion so it was a no brainer for me to use both as the flavor palette for this treat. The peanut butter drizzle/glaze really makes the donut look like a bakery made treat. These donuts hit the spot when your in the mood for a sweet treat, but don't want to derail a day of healthy eating.
Please note that I am in no way hating on traditional donuts. I love them and do enjoy eating them from time to time. You can choose to eat whatever you want want. These donuts are simply intended to be a lighter and more protein packed donut for those who want it! Eat what makes you happy and feel good about yourself and your body!
This recipe makes 12 donuts!
Ingredients: For donuts
1 large egg
1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 cup dark chocolate protein pancake mix
1 tbsp baking powder
Ingredients: For glaze/drizzle
1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp stevia sweetener (optional)
To Make: Donuts
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a donut pan with non stick spray.
2. Whisk together your wet ingredients (egg, yogurt, vanilla, and milk) in a bowl until well combined.
3. Add dry ingredients, (brown sugar, pancake mix, and baking powder) to your bowl and mix until just combined. The batter will resemble a thick cake batter.
4. Spoon your batter into donut pans. Do not overfill them, as they will rise a little while baking.
5. Bake for 18 minutes! Remove from oven, gently remove donuts from the pan after two minutes, and let cool on a wire rack.
To Make: Peanut butter glaze
1. Mix peanut butter powder, milk, and stevia together in a small bowl until it is well combined. The glaze should be a thin, but also be thick enough to sit on top of the donut without sinking in. It can be tricky to achieve this, so go slow when adding the milk. If your glaze gets too thin, you can always thicken it up by adding a little more powdered peanut butter, or a few teaspoons of cornstarch.
2. Using a tablespoon, drizzle peanut butter glaze over your donuts using a back and forth motion. Alternatively, you can dip the donuts in the glaze, or get creative and come up with your own way to spread it on top!
Enjoy without guilt!