Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast? Whip up these delightful homemade pumpkin doughnuts using protein powder for a sweet start to your day.

From "Protein Powder Coooking"
August 2018

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    Whether you choose to enjoy these pumpkin doughnuts with frosting on top or choose to dunk it into your morning coffee, your taste buds will be hit with the warm flavors of fall.
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    “Protein Powder Cooking” by Courtney Nielsen supercharges the average meal with protein by simply adding protein powder to the ingredient list. With 200 recipes that add protein powder to the mix, readers can easily get more protein in their diet and meet health goals and dietary needs.
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Total Hands-On Time: 30 min

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Yield: 12 servings

In Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake: 200 Delicious Recipes to Supercharge Every Dish with Whey, Soy, Casein and More, Courtney Nielsen demonstrates that protein powder isn’t just for shakes. Readers can create quick-and-easy protein packed meals, snacks, and desserts with 200 recipes that incorporate protein powder into them. If you've been looking for ways to add more protein to your diet and still enjoy tasty foods, this book is perfect for you. The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, "Doughnuts and Scones."

Nutrition for Doughnut (without frosting):

  • 124 calories
  • 3 g fat
  • 18 g carbs
  • 2 g fiber
  • 7 g protein



  • 1/2 cup vanilla or cinnamon protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Frosting (optional):


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat two doughnut pans with cooking spray.
  3. Combine all of the doughnut ingredients in a large bowl and mix just until everything is incorporated. Portion the batter into doughnut pans.
  4. For regular-size doughnuts, bake for 18 to 20 minutes; for mini doughnuts, bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare frosting and refrigerate until using. Warm to room temperature before frosting the doughnuts.
  6. Once the doughnuts are cooled, frost and serve, or refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to serve.

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Excerpted from Protein Powder Cooking...Beyond the Shake: 200 Delicious Recipes to Supercharge Every Dish with Whey, Soy, Casein and More by Courtney Nielsen © 2016 Ulysses Press.

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