Call me basic, but fall weekends with cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice anything are my favorite. So, upon waking up this chilly Chicago morning, all wrapped in blankets, my thoughts immediately drifted to pumpkin spice donuts, coffee … and protein (of course). While my sweet husband ran to the store to pick up pumpkin spice latte coffee creamer, I set to work in the kitchen. The end result? Macro friendly, pumpkin spice protein donuts, with a light maple glaze that will have you loving this fall season more than ever. Oh, and did I mention that each donut is less than 100 calories?! These literally couldn’t be better.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Donut Ingredients
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tsp. vegetable oil (you can substitute coconut oil, if preferred)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Maple Glaze Ingredients
1/3 cup powdered sugar (un sifted)
2 tbsp. water
1tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tbsp. light pancake syrup (I use Hungry Jack 100 calorie syrup)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir. Slowly add the wet ingredients, mixing as you pour. Your batter should be thick, but smooth.
- Spray the donut molds with canola oil or another nonstick cooking spray.
- Spoon the donut batter into the donut molds. Because the batter is thick, the spooning method is slightly difficult. If preferred, pipe the batter into the donut molds instead. Either way, you should have enough batter for 12-14 donuts (score!)
- Bake the donuts for 12-15 minutes. You’ll know they are ready when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, in a smaller mixing bowl, combine the maple glaze ingredients. Whisk the ingredients together until completely smooth.
- When the donuts are finished baking, remove them from the oven and immediately transfer to a cooling rack. You’ll want to place the cooling rack on top of a baking pan, to catch the drips of the maple glaze.
- Create a piping bag (by cutting a hole in the corner of a small sandwich bag) and drizzle the maple glaze over each donut.
- Add your topping(s)! I covered my donuts with crushed pecans and they were the PERFECT. However, you could also try cinnamon, walnuts, cashews, sugar … the list is endless.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts Nutrition Facts
Serving Size | 1 Donut | Total Calories 77 | Total Fat 3 grams | Total Carbohydrates 11 grams | Dietary Fiber 2 grams | Sugars 1 gram | Total Protein 4 grams
Maple Glaze Nutrition Facts
Serving Size | 1 teaspoon | Total Calories 20 | Total Fat 0 grams | Total Carbohydrates 5 grams | Sugars 5 grams | Total Protein 0 grams
Thank you Spark Recipes for the nutrition information!