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This easy protein donut recipe is a delicious protein packed snack. Protein donuts are under 100 calories and have 5 grams of protein. You can add 5 more grams of protein by simply adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the mix.

protein donuts

These easy baked chocolate protein donuts are a great option for breakfast, dessert, or post workout snack. They are a great alternative to traditional fried donuts. The best part is these chocolate donuts are only made with a couple ingredients!

My kids have fallen in love with these baked protein donuts. Little do they know I am feeding them something that is healthy and delicious.

They request them for an afternoon snack or in their packed school lunch. You can serve these donuts any time of the day! They are family friendly and are a healthy alternative to so many other snack options.

Donuts are definitely one of my guilty pleasures and a craving I often have. I used to make donuts from scratch and it would take me forever, let alone they were really unhealthy!

These baked chocolate donuts are an amazing, healthy donut alternative. They are rich, chocolaty and delicious, without the guilt!

This recipe literally takes about 15 minutes to make, including baking time. It has only two base ingredients and can be morphed into many flavors.

The secret to this baked donut recipe is Kodiak Cakes Chocolate Pancake Mix. This pancake mix is protein-packed and 100% whole grain. It’s a much healthier alternative to many pre-packaged pancake mixes.

Kodiak Cake Pancake Mix:

Kodiak Flapjack mix already includes all the leavening and baking ingredients that are needed to make a delicious donut batter.

Not to mention the pancake mix is high in protein so you don’t have to add in extra vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder if you don’t want to.

Each donut contains 5 grams of protein and is less than 100 calories. But if you want to add more protein just add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Most protein powders will add another 5 to 8 grams of protein per donuts.

I am addicted to all Kodiak flapjack mixes because you only have to add water to make baked donuts. A lot of other mixes you have to add eggs and oil.

Another reason why I love their pancake mixes so much is they can be morphed into so many delicious treats. Some of my favorite uses including muffins and granola bars. One of my favorite recipes is my raspberry muffins.

They offer a variety of different mixes so you can play around with your donut flavors. You can change up 

I will include some of my favorites in the common question section, but be creative and change up the recipe.

Whatever way you make them these donuts, they will soon become a family favorite.

Ingredients For Protein Donuts:

The amazing thing about this recipe is you only need two ingredients to make the donuts.

Kodiak mix and water is all you need. You will additionally need powdered sugar, cocoa powder, water and sprinkles to make the frosting and for topping. 

ingredients for baked chocolate donuts

If for some reason you can’t find the chocolate Kodiak mix you can use any variety of their flapjack mixes. Some of their flavors include chocolate chip, buttermilk, cinnamon oat and almond poppyseed.

All of the Kodiak mixes work with this recipe. Just substitute with the mix you can find.

Along with the ingredients you will also need a donut pan if you want to make the donut shape. I like to bake these donuts for a healthy option.

If you can’t find a donut pan you can also make this recipe into donut holes. For mini donut holes use a mini muffin pan.

Common Questions

What if I can’t find chocolate Kodiak Mix?

If you want to make this recipe and don’t have the Kodiak mix don’t worry. Try out this easy alternative.

To make the alternative donut batter use any pancake mix that you like and add your favorite plant based protein or whey protein powder. For a chocolate version add cocoa powder.

You can also use the milk, almond milk or buttermilk instead of water.

Can I make these gluten free?

If you are gluten free try using a gluten free pancake mix and adding your favorite protein powder to it.

Or try out my gluten free baked donut recipe.

Can you make different flavor protein donuts?

I have messed around with this recipe and have created some other great protein donut options.

If you end up liking this recipe, I’ve also got recipes for Gingerbread Baked Protein Donuts and Baked Blueberry Lemon Donuts!

This recipe is so versatile. Change up the recipe by adding fresh fruits or different nut butter.

Protein Donut Flavor Ideas:

Cranberry Orange Donuts: Use the buttermilk mix and add dried cranberries and orange zest. Top with a vanilla icing.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Donuts: Use the chocolate mix and make a chunky peanut butter icing.

Chocolate Strawberry: Use the chocolate mix and make a strawberry vanilla icing.

How To Make Protein Donuts:

This easy baked protein donut recipe is made in a matter of minutes. Here are the easy steps to follow to make them.

Step 1: Combine the Kodiak mix with water in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Once you make the batter spoon a couple tablespoons into the greased pan and bake. 

Chocolate Donut batter in a metal donut baking tray

Step 3: Bake the donuts according to the recipe card below.

Step 4: Make the frosting by combining the ingredients together.

Step 5: Let the donuts cool completely and then ice and decorate how you like. 

Protein Donut Freezing and Storage:

You can freeze the cooked donuts (un-iced) for up to three months in a Ziploc freezer safe bag.

Store assembled donuts at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Protein Donut Recipe:

Chocolate donuts with sprinkles on top
Yield: Makes 6

Protein Donuts

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Protein-Packed Baked Chocolate Donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert. I love using this as a base recipe and then switching up the sprinkles or icing for holidays.


  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Cup Kodiak Cake Dark Chocolate Flapjack Mix
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • Multicolored Sprinkles

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetened Cocoa Powder 
  • 2 Tablespoons Water


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray your donut pan with cooking spray.

    2. In a small mixing bowl, combine Kodiak Cake Mix and water, then stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes.

    3. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the mix into the donut molds and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

    4. Dip the cooled donut face down into the frosting (recipe follows). Place on a wire rack or serving plate (frosted side up) and top with sprinkles.

    Frosting Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.


Chocolate Frosting (the frosting consistency can change due to weather, so if your frosting is thin, add 1-2 Tablespoons extra powdered sugar to make it firmer).

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 1.3ggSaturated Fat: .66gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 93mgmgCarbohydrates: 9.3ggFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 5gg

Nutritional Information is not always accurate.

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