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A Healthy Chocolate Donut Recipe That's Also Gluten Free

Do you love donuts? We sure do. But most donuts are laden with artificial sugar, which doesn't make them a very nutritious choice to have on a regular basis. Rarely do we come across such a delicious concoction as these Chocolate Donuts, which are not only artificial sweetener- and gluten-free, but also offer the added benefits of protein and collagen.

Imagine you could eat a donut and reap the benefits of a protein-packed, super-healthy breakfast. Not only are these donuts full of chocolatey goodness, they're also topped with a delicious strawberry glaze that's surprisingly simple to make. 

These amazingly yummy donuts were created by Karen Lao (@Karen.Lao on Instagram) and are made with Vital Performance™ Chocolate Protein. They made for a delicious start to your morning, or a delectable dessert to round out your day.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

Donut Ingredients:

Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1½ C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C finely chopped strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease donut pan with coconut oil or butter and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, protein and salt.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together applesauce, yogurt, and egg.
  5. Combine both bowls and whisk together well to make the batter.
  6. Fill donut molds with batter (I put the batter in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole to use as a piping bag).
  7. Tap the mold on the counter to even out the batter.
  8. Bake donuts in oven for 10 minutes.
  9. While the donuts are baking, crush 1/2 cup of strawberries in a bowl.
  10. Add 1½ cup of powdered sugar and whisk until you have a thick glaze. Set aside.
  11. Remove donut mold from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then place donuts on cooling rack to finish cooling.
  12. Dip the donuts into glaze and serve.

Lively Tip: Slice and chop up strawberries to decorate your donuts! We suggest using Greek yogurt on one of the donuts so that the chopped strawberries stay on top.

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