It goes without saying that having the words doughnut and protein in the same blog post may seem like a bit of a paradox; I mean, how wise would it be to reach for one or two after a madly intense gym session?
Yet, even though the word doughnut conjures up vivid images of greasy fingers and food babies on our most lousiest cheat days, I never refuse a challenge. The first and most convenient thing I did on my quest for the ultimate gym doughnut was imitate its shape.
Simple, yet effective – you’d be surprised by how this simple move can trick the mind into craving one of these guys. The second was trying to imitate the flavour in a more nutritious way. Although you’d never mistake the below for a conventional sugar-glazed doughnut, I must admit that it doesn’t fall far behind in terms of sweetness.
What it does have over the former is the ability to ward off your post-binge-blues. These guys are super convenient to make, they only need 10 minutes in the oven and are very versatile depending on what protein powder flavour you prefer. Lacking refined flour, dairy and bulked up with some nutrient dense flaxseeds, these guys are sure to have you licking your fingers after a sweaty ending at the gym.
INGREDIENTS (makes 2 doughnuts)
- Medium sized banana, x1 squashed
- My Protein Chocolate Mint Powder, 1.5 scoops
- Milled flaxseeds, x2 tblspns
- Coconut flour, x1/2 cup
- Free range egg, x1
- Organic peanut butter, x2 tblspns
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
- Simply add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, followed by the wet ones. After washing your hands, mix and squeeze the ingredients into each other until you form one even, moist blob of dough.
- Separate the dough into two parts and knead each piece on a flat surface. Shape the dough into two circles and then pierce the centre of each with a finger. Gently flatten the uneven pieces around the centre, also using a finger.
- Place both doughnuts onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for approx. 10 mins or until each doughnut is golden brown on the outside.
- Feel free to add toppings, but make sure they also remain healthy. I like to dip the doughnuts into some soya yogurt and sprinkle them with dessicated coconut, cacao nibs and cocoa powder. 🙂