With Fall officially here, we start looking for the warm, comforting flavors that accompany the season. How about some fluffy maple-flavored donuts with a sweet, cinnamon glaze? And what about if they had some protein in them and included healthier ingredients? If you’re like me, then you’re already getting excited about this Maple Protein Donut With Cinnamon Sugar Glaze recipe!
The tiny town that I grew up in holds a Maple Festival every year and it’s easily the biggest attraction to our small town. From watching how maple syrup gets made in the sugar shack to sampling maple sugar candies, I grew up with maple and it will always be a special flavor for me.
I took my love of maple syrup and all things maple-flavored and created a healthy protein donut that’s subtly sweet, perfectly fluffy, and the ideal treat any time of year. Plus, at only 54 calories each & 5g of protein, this is a sweet treat that you can feel great about indulging in.
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Macro Friendly Maple Protein Donuts With Cinnamon Sugar Glaze
- 2 medium bowls
- 1 whisk
- 1 Mixing spoon or scraper
- 1 Donut pan
For the donuts:
- ¾ cup Kodiak Cakes pancake mix
- ¾ cup maple protein powder, I used Clean Simple Eats (code TAMI) – alt: vanilla protein powder
- 6 tbsp sugar substitute
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 tbsp milk
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup liquid egg whites
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp Sugar-free maple syrup
- Cooking spray
For the icing:
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Optional Cinnamon Toast Crunch seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray your donut pan.
- In a medium bowl, add the dry ingredients (Kodiak Cakes, protein powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt) and whisk together.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, egg whites, egg, and syrup. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until smooth. Make sure not to overmix the batter.
- Add the donut batter to the pan. You may spoon batter directly into the compartments or use a ziploc bag to pipe the batter into each donut tin.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes on the center rack of the oven. Let cool in the pan for 1 minute then transfer to a cooling rack.
- To prepare the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and water in a small bowl. If you prefer a thinner icing, add more water; if you prefer a thicker icing, add less water.
- Holding the bottom of the donut, dip the top into the glaze and place on drying rack. For a more intense cinnamon sugar flavor, sprinkle with Cinnamon Toast Crunch seasoning. Enjoy!