The Best Frosted Protein Donuts (gluten, grain & dairy free)

It’s Friday! Yay! 😊

I have a really fun and exciting weekend coming up! Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Monday to read about it 😉

In all honesty, I should be getting ready for the upcoming plans instead of writing a blog, but I hate leaving the blog empty for the weekend. Plus, I already promised you the donut recipe. I had the meal prep video scheduled for today, but I’ll save that for next week. Donuts take priority right now, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t currently enjoying one of these delicious treats while writing this post. It only seems fitting…

These donuts are going to change your life! I’m already planning the fall flavors I’ll be baking up next week. I know I’m jumping all over the place in this intro, but I’m just so excited and going through my donut high right now. Enough rambling…let’s talk donuts (as if we weren’t already…)
As you can see, these donuts are gluten free, dairy free, have no added sugar, grain free, and packed with protein! And somehow, they still taste like cake donuts with sugary frosting on top. 
When I was at Sur La Table last week, I picked up some donut pans for $12.99. I’ve been wanting to make them for a while now, and I had carrot cake planned. I haven’t gotten around to those just yet, but I did throw together some protein-packed donuts instead. It was one of those last minute decisions when debating on what to do with the overripe bananas hanging around. It turned out to be one of my favorite last minute decisions. 
I make a very similar recipe for my protein packed muffins, so I thought it would be worth the try in the new donut pans.
The only difference between the chocolate and banana muffins is the added 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate instead of vanilla protein and the addition of 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cashew milk.
If it was batter with regular cake mix, you wouldn’t fill it all the way to the top. But since it’s grain-free, it’ll firm without the whole rising process.
The donuts couldn’t have turned out any more perfect! They were cake-like, moist, and packed with flavor! When you’re working with bananas, you don’t need to add sugar. The Orgain protein powder (Plant-based) that I used is also naturally sweet. It gave these donuts a delicious flavor!

The frosting was the best part. I used unsweetened coconut cream, vanilla, vanilla protein powder, (cocoa powder for chocolate), swerve confectioners (you can use regular powdered sugar as the replacement), and protein powder. It was fluffy like the real stuff, and the taste was out of this world.

I microwaved the frosting for about ten seconds to help spread it. And sprinkles never count as macros…
I frosted some of the chocolate with vanilla, and some of the vanilla with chocolate! I can’t wait to make more combos! This one reminded me of the cookies n cream pop tarts.
The vanilla ones tasted like fresh banana bread with creamy frosting on top! 
How fun would these be to make for your kids? A great breakfast that isn’t full of sugar, but is still a treat!

5 from 7 votes

Baked Frosted Protein Donuts

These delicious donuts are gluten free, grain free, high protein, with no added sugar, and delicious! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 18
Author Taralynn McNitt


Donut Ingredients

  • 3 Large Extra Ripe Bananas (mashed)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Protein Powder (I used plant-based orgain)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseeds (or chia seeds)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cashew Milk (any milk will work)

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Cream (found in a can)
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve Confectioner Powder (or use powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup Protein Powder (I used orgain)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350, and grease a donut pan with cooking spray. 

  2. Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. 

    **if you're making chocolate, add in the cocoa powder, extra milk, and chocolate protein powder

  3. Fill the donut pan to the top with batter, and bake 17-19 minutes. 

    **Use the toothpick method to determine if it's done. The edges will be slightly golden. 

  4. Let the donuts cool completely before adding frosting or removing from pan.

    Prepare the frosting!


  1. Add vanilla, protein powder, confectioner powder, and coconut cream to a bowl or electric mixer. Combine well. 

    **Add more protein or confectioner powder until smooth. 

  2. Spread about two tablespoons onto the donuts. You'll definitely have some leftover! 

    **Add cocoa powder to create the chocolate frosting. I added the cocoa powder to the leftover vanilla frosting. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 18 Donuts (I made two batches. One chocolate & one vanilla) 

Nutrition facts for one batch of vanilla!

Per Donut: (2 tablespoons of frosting on each donut) 

160 Calories, 14g Carbs, 7g Fat, 5g Sugar, 14g Protein, 3g Fiber 


The recipe makes 18 Donuts (I made two batches. One chocolate & one vanilla)

Nutrition facts for one batch of vanilla!

Per Donut: (2 tablespoons of frosting on each donut)

160 Calories, 14g Carbs, 7g Fat, 5g Sugar, 14g Protein, 3g Fiber 
I didn’t want all these donuts laying around on my counter, so I placed them on a tray and froze them for about thirty minutes. Once the frosting had hardened, I stacked them into a freezer-friendly container. Now, I can defrost one for about ten minutes on the counter whenever I want one! 
These donuts are so perfect to have prepared in the house! Apparently, I have to make some to bring to Iowa this fall! I have a feeling my brother would be obsessed! Oh, forgot to mention! I’m heading back to Iowa in October for my cousin’s wedding. My whole family is going and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone! 
The chocolate ones with a glass of cashew milk = perfection! Or a really good post-workout treat.
Now, I really must go finish my tasks before the weekend! I hope you all have a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend!

The fun part 💜 🍩

Questions for you!

  1. What flavor of donut do you want me to create next?
  2. Glazed donuts or jelly donuts?
  3. What do you have planned for the weekend?


  • Anonymous

    Can you freeze the donuts?

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Katie

    Oh. My. GOD. These look AMAZING I can’t even. I’m definitely bookmarking to try! And I can’t wait for your fall varieties 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

    | Katie Actually |

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  • Anonymous

    could i make these vegan?

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  • Anonymous

    are they gf?

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Haley J

    5 stars
    These were awesome! We added applesauce instead of banana.

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  • Eme

    5 stars
    I love that these are dairy, gluten and grain free they look delicious and I can’t wait to try them out for myself. Thanks for the share.

    Eme x

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  • Dana

    5 stars
    I made them this weekend! Wonderful!

    Reply to Dana
  • Mazie

    5 stars
    Great recipe!

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  • Kathy Long Monk

    5 stars
    Thank you so much, I haven’t had a donut in years due to not eating processed foods because of stomach issues, these donuts look great and healthy 🙂

    Reply to Kathy Long Monk
  • Harriet

    5 stars
    Oh these look incredible! Definitely going to make them this weekend. How good would pumpkin or apple and cinnamon ones be for fall or maybe maple syrup ones with chopped bacon instead of sprinkles, my mind is running through so many flavour possibilities. Glazed donuts were my favourite for years but then custard filled ones came along and the rest was history. This weekend I am taking my mum and nana to see Celine Dion live, so might make these donuts for the road up to her concert. Hope you have a great weekend!

    Reply to Harriet
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Harriet!!

      ohhhh an apple cinnamon with a cinnamon sprinkle on top! Great fall idea! 😊 You’re going to have so much fun at the concert!! I can’t wait to hear about it!

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  • candace

    Have you tried baking at all with peanut flour? or using it as an alternative for almond flour?

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  • Angie

    Is the same cacao and cocoa for you?

    Reply to Angie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Cacao is a more pure form of the cocao bean. Cocoa powder is more processed. That’s what I’ve learned! They will both work for this recipe.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Ashton

    These donuts look delicious! I can’t wait to make my own, I am definitely more of a glazed person even though I love jelly on toast. I hope you’re planning on a pumpkin or salted caramel for fall, I love pumpkin everything, and have made your 60 calorie muffins a few times. I hope you have a fun weekend, I’m running a 5k that is Tiki themed in Huntington Beach CA and maybe hitting up Disneyland or the movies. Have a great weekend!

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  • Raeleen

    I’m 10 days in on a Whole30 but as soon as I’m done I really want to try these! I love donuts, but I’m really trying to cut back on sugar and your recipe is exactly what I’m looking for!

    Could you do a blueberry cake donut? I like prefer glazed over jelly. This weekend it’s my nephews 2nd birthday party and we’re going to get a family baseball game going!

    Reply to Raeleen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Oh, and have fun at the baseball game! Happy birthday to your nephew! xo

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes, cutting back on sugar but it’s definitely easy with recipes like these! 😊

      MMMM that would be so good!!!!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
      • Leone

        How long do these Donuts keep for outside the fridge?
        Do you need to use refrigerated coconut cream or doesn’t it make a difference?

        Reply to Leone
  • Meghan

    OMG these look amazing! I can’t wait to make these on Sunday! I’m really not a huge donut person because they are typically too sweet for me, but at a donut shop in my hometown they have one that is a chocolate donut with peanut butter frosting and it is amazing. I think carrot cake or pistachio would be fun flavors to try! Have a great weekend!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    My favourite donut place is Krispy Kreme but they don’t have that here, so I’m totally going to try my hand at this recipe! ❤️ Full of protein too, sounds so good! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    Uh, your weekends ALWAYS look like a lot of fun! Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on the moment because you’re so immersed with snapping photos, uploading to IG stories, and filming videos?

    And for your next donut, do something with a NICE FILLING! <3 Maybe a pumpkin filling since fall is coming? 😛

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Linda!

      I don’t think I ever feel like I’m missing out because I usually don’t spend much time taking a ton of photos, and it’s not as active on my Instagram story as most. I usually snap a quick photo and put my phone away. But if I’m traveling to a place, I’ll use my camera to snap photos because I enjoy photography. I’m not as immersed into the social media side as most.

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