Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts with Glaze {KETO,GF, DF}

Protein Donuts

Who doesn’t love a good donut? Especially a healthy one that is filled with protein and goodness. My new Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts with Glaze will prove that healthy can also be delicious. They are Macro & Kid Friendly along with being gluten and dairy free.

Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts

What’s the protein powder to use?

Currently, I am both gluten and dairy free and have found some great tasting plant based protein powders. Below are a few of my favorites!

Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts

Ingredient List for these Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts with Glaze:

  • Almond Flour
  • Monk Fruit Granulates
  • Egg
  • Almond milk, unsweetened
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla Protein Powder (plant based)
  • Plain dairy free yogurt or Greek Yogurt if not dairy free
Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts

How to make this recipe Dairy Free:

This recipe can easily be tailored to dairy free. First, make sure you are using a plant based protein powder. It should clear state that it is gluten free. Remember, if whey is included in the ingredients, that means it is dairy. Be sure to check out my protein list above and check out my favorite dairy free choices.

Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts

As for the glaze, you can use Greek Yogurt or for a dairy free option, you can sub almond or coconut yogurt. Below are a few of my favorite brands that taste good. Make sure to purchase the plain unflavored in these brands.

Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts

If you are looking for the perfect sweet treat that won’t crush your handwork in the gym, give this recipe a try. As always, if you love this recipe, be sure to rate and comment on this recipe at the bottom of the post.

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Protein Donuts

Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts with Glaze

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 donuts 1x


You will not believe that these Lemon Vanilla Protein Donuts are gluten and dairy free. Each donut has 5 net carbs and 7 grams of protein and serves as the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. 



Donut Batter Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/3 cup Monk Fruit Granulates
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Protein Powder (plant based for dairy free)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • small pinch of salt

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp plain dairy free yogurt 
  • 1 tbsp Monk Fruit Syrup or Honey 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Pre-heat oven 350F
  2. Add all the donut ingredients into a medium bowl.
  3. Use an electric mixer on medium/high speed to completely combine the batter. Make sure to scrap down the sides of the bowl a few times while mixing.
  4. Grease a 6 hole donut pan and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Pour or pipe the batter evenly into the six molds.
  6. Bake 15-17 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Make sure not to overbake.
  7. Meanwhile, add the lemon glaze ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  8. Remove the donuts and allow to cool in the pan 3-4 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. 
  9. Once cool, use a spoon to glaze each donut. 
  10. Top each glazed donut with lemon zest and enjoy!


  • For a simple glaze that does not include protein powder, mix 1/2 cup of Swerve confectioners sugar and 1/4 cup almond milk. Mix together until combined. Dip each donut into the glaze and allow to harden on the cooling rack.
  • If the batter seems a little too thick, simply add a little more almond milk to thin it out some. 
  • For the glaze above, you can adjust the thickness by adding more or less almond milk. If it is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add a bit more protein powder. 
  • If you do not have protein powder for the donut batter, just sub 1/4 cup coconut flour and 2 tbsp of almond milk in it’s place. 
  • Also, if you are not dairy free, feel free to sub 1 1/2 tbsp Greek Yogurt in the glaze ingredients. 
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to a week and freeze up to 3 months. 
  • Category: Dessert/Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 482
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 7

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Comments (11)

  • Thank you for this amazing recipe! Donuts, lemon, and vanilla…wow! I cannot wait to try this recipe! 😁👍🏻

    • Thank you! I hope you love it.

  • Tree nut allergy here, do you think a mixture of coconut and tapioca flour could sub in for the almond flour? They look divine, I really want to make them!

    • Be sure to check the notes. I always add that in there 😉

  • I just tried this recipe and they taste GREAT! However, they did not stick together very well (may be due to the protein powder type?). Will definitely try again and tweak so hopefully they stick together

    • So happy to hear. Yes, I am sure it was the protein powder. You can also add a little more almond milk if the batter is still too thick.

  • Hello 🍋
    If we’re trying to make them “mini donuts” how long should I bake them for? .. thank you in advance !

    • I’m honestly not sure since I haven’t tested it that way. I would just try reducing time be 3 minutes or so and keep a close eye on them .

  • Is there a way I could turn this into a loaf? I do not have a donut tin

    • You could sure try. I can’t give you a for sure answer as I have not tested it. Do let us know if it works for you

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