I do not share a lot of my fitness journey because this is after all a food blog. However in my recipes I do include a lot of protein related recipes as protein is the number 1 source of muscle growth. This recipe is really the best of both worlds because on the one hand it contains a lot of added protein and on the other hand I have excluded fat sources like butter and regular sugar and substituted them with healthier options. Want to know how you can make these healthier post workout protein cake donuts? Lets get started!
A note at the start this recipe is not only for people who work out they but can be eaten by everyone who like to eat a healthier version of the donut.
Maybe I mentioned that I have been working out for the last 2 years 4 times a week. Before that of and on for more than 10 years. What I learned is that when I started my fitness regime I did not eat the right food or at the right time.
Fitness is all about fueling your body and muscle with the right nutrients. It is also important to eat enough carbohydrates to burn while working out and give your muscles enough protein. As you may have seen good sources of protein are:
- Poultry like chicken or turkey
- Dairy products
- Meat products
- Vegetables like chickpeas, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, peas, beans or lentils
- Organic tempeh
- Nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew
So there are lots and lot of possibilities to incorporate high protein sources into your diet. You can also use protein powder also know also Whey powder which is a byproduct of cheese production.
Protein powder has the advantage that one scoop of 28 grams of powder contains 20 gram of protein. If you have a protein goal of about 100 grams per day you can imagine how convenient using protein powder is.
So what if you are vegan or lactose intolerant and do not want to use Whey powder? No problem nowadays lots of vegan protein products are available that are made from beans or plants.
Most protein powders are flavored and for good reason because natural whey doesn’t have a lot of taste.
One more benefit of protein powder is that you can cook with it. As long as you do not exceed 400℉/200℃ you can use it to cook.
To get me through the morning I make a lot of baking goods and add some additional protein to it. Take the vegan banana chocolate muffins. These are great as a mid-morning or post workout snack and you can easily add some protein powder to it.
The same applies to this healthier post workout protein cake donuts. What makes them healthier is:
- I use cake flour that doesn’t contain added sugar
- Substitute the butter for apple sauce
- Substituted the castor sugar for a mix of ⅔ of coconut sugar and ⅓ of castor sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index that will not spike your blood sugar. Which doesn’t result in a sugar high or craving.
- Added one scoop of protein powder (chocolate flavor)
- Added chocolate nibs instead of chocolate teardrops that contain sugar.
Substituting these ingredients doesn’t have a negative effect on taste I can assure you. If you want you can glaze these. Take 1 tbsp icing sugar and combine with 1 tsp of milk and you get a white glaze.
This recipe yields 7 big donuts you can make them into muffins which will yield you 12 in total.
How to make healthier post workout protein cake donuts
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Looking for a healthier donut Than these healthier post workout protein cake donuts are for you even if you are not working out. Lets get started!
- 250 g of cake flour
- 50 ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 200 g of apple sauce (unsweetened if possible)
- 100 g of coconut sugar
- 40 g of castor sugar
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- ½ cup of chocolate nibs
Put the apple sauce in a big bowl. Add the castor and coconut sugar to the bowl and stir well
Add the first egg and stir until totally emerged in the batter before adding the 2nd egg
Gradually stir the cake flour and milk into the batter. Stir thoroughly to avoid lumps
Then add the protein powder and stir into the mix
Lastly add the chocolate nibs
Pre heat the oven to a 360℉/175℃
Scoop the batter in a donut mold and bake the donuts 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Leave to cool in the mold for a couple of minutes before removing the donut
Glaze by whisking 1 tbsp of icing sugar with 1 tsp of milk. Drizzle on top of the donut