Espresso “Proughnuts”

I’m excited.

I finally got a chance to use my doughnut pans!  Ring the bells, sound the trumpets!

Large ones, mini ones … it’s a doughnutfest here.  Well, strictly speaking, it’s a total proughnut fest (or pronut if you’re from the US … what’s with the weird spelling people?).

Why?  Because these baked doughnuts have had their protein content turbo boosted.  There are a lot of baked doughnut recipes out there on the interwebs.  You only really notice these things when you’re focussed on the same thing, right?  Like when you buy a car and suddenly the model you want is everywhere 😛

I’ve set aside other protein packed recipes that are waiting to be published because these are just so sweetly yummilicious and amazeballs, you have to have them nowNow, I say.  These are not make do proughnuts, they are bona fide you’d never guess in a million years that they are healthy proughnuts.

A light gluten and grain free baked doughnut spiked with espresso coffee and cinnamon, and no added sugar.  Top that with a salted caramel glaze.  Yeah, you heard me.

Salted Caramel Glaze.

But not a sugar, cream, and butter caramel glaze.  I love those but this … this one … is made with lucuma powder and maple syrup.  I’ve used lucuma in a number of recipes on this blog and I’m never without a bag of it at home.  I use it almost daily.  Not just because it’s so good for you but because it tastes like caramel, toffee, sticky date pudding and is amazing in … everything.  Mixed with a little maple syrup and nut butter it makes a lovely thick glaze for doughnuts, cupcakes, cheesecake, to eat off a spoon … which I did with the little bit I had left after glazing these babies 🙂

I use 100% organic pure maple syrup but you can use sugar free maple flavoured syrup if you want to reduce the calories and carbohydrate content.  It works just as well, of course, although don’t tell me because you know I have an aversion to sugar polyols, used in abundance in sugar free stuff.  Oh wait, it’s the sugar polyols that don’t like me so much … so if they also don’t like your GI tract either, stick with the real deal.  Alternatively,  make the Tiramisù version 🙂

If you are wanting to make these for children, you can omit the whey and casein protein powders.  You still get a protein boost from the eggs and almond flour.

As usual, I have used unflavoured whey and casein for this recipe.  If you are using a flavoured protein powder, stick with a complementary flavour such as vanilla, coffee, or cinnamon for the best result.  If you cannot use whey or casein, rice protein can be substituted for both in this recipe with good results.
Why did you use a combination of whey and casein, CCM?  Well, after playing around with both whey and casein in baking, a roughly 50/50 combination seems to behave very nicely.  It won’t dry out baked goods as 100% whey can do and it won’t result in a too creamy texture for cakey baked goods, as casein alone can do.  I like using them this way.   It works beautifully.

These proughnuts are gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar free as well.  Without the glaze, they are also low carb.

They taste of coffee with a lovely undertone of cinnamon and the salty sweet icing is sooooo good.

I hope you like these as much as we do 🙂

The Espresso Proughnuts recipe is available in the Protein Baking Evolved cookbook.  Get your copy here!

Salted Lucuma Caramel Glaze

Makes enough to glaze 8 standard doughnuts or 32 mini doughnuts

75 grams (56 millilitres) pure maple syrup OR sugar-free maple flavoured syrup
25 grams raw organic lucuma powder (I use this one)
15 grams 100% cashew nut butter (or 100% almond butter)
Sel de Guerande or flaked sea salt, for sprinkling

In a bowl, combine the maple syrup, lucuma powder, and cashew butter.  Whisk until super smooth.  You can dip the top of each doughnut in to the icing or simply spoon the icing on to the top of each doughnut, allowing the icing to dribble down the sides.  Sprinkle sea salt flakes on top before serving.

These will keep for a day or two, although they are best eaten within twenty four hours of baking and icing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  They are best stored un-iced.  Ice the doughnuts up to a few hours before serving if making ahead.

They are really good eaten just warm.  Ten to fifteen seconds in a microwave is sufficient to make them perfection.

Variation: Tiramisù Proughnuts
Instead of the caramel icing, make a Tiramisù style cream to use as a filling or frosting for the doughnuts.
You can make this any way you choose, depending on your preferences and macronutrient requirements.

I would suggest using mascarpone, ricotta (full fat or light), or cottage cheese blended until smooth, or a mixture of any of these.  You could also mix any one of these with an equal quantity of thick Greek yoghurt.  Sweeten with stevia or your favourite sweetener and a dash of vanilla (seeds, organic powder, paste or extract).   You could whisk in an egg yolk or whole egg, if you don’t have concerns with consuming raw eggs.  If you are feeling lazy, just mix some vanilla or unflavoured casein with vanilla, stevia and yoghurt, milk or water until thick and creamy and use that.

Pipe it on top of each doughnut, or slice the doughnuts in half and fill with the cream.  Sift a little cacao over the top and voilà!  How easy is that?

Click on the photo below and feast your eyes on that soft, cakey, doughnutty goodness 😀

Macronutrient Profile

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