Apple Cider Protein Donuts

Apple Cider Protein Donuts | My Engineered Nutrition

Somehow, someway, it is already November. 

I think we've (I've) done our fair share of celebrating pumpkins throughout October, but what about apples? They shouldn't be forgotten! Apples are just as much of a star to Fall as pumpkins are. My Pumpkin Protein Donuts were just SO good that I couldn't resist making my next batch of donuts.  

Apple Cider Protein Donuts | My Engineered Nutrition

Apples are made to be baked with.

Sure, they are delicious on their own or served chilled. But warm, soft apples are something special. Recently, I feel like I've seen an overload of Apple Cider Donuts on the Internet. Or maybe I've just been craving apples and donuts so it just seems like it... either way, I had to satisfy my craving.

Apple Cider Protein Donuts | My Engineered Nutrition

I think it is safe to say I more than satisfied my craving with this newest batch of pronuts. The baking process alone sends your nose into a state of euphoria. My kitchen was filled with a warm scent of apple cider, cinnamon, allspice and cloves - a wonderful accompaniment to the pronuts which were about to be consumed.

I've made these low fat, gluten-free and guilt-free with 6 grams of protein to boot! Welcome Fall and all its glory with a fresh batch of these donuts straight from the oven. 

Apple Cider Protein Donuts | My Engineered Nutrition

Apple Cider Protein Donuts

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 12 Donuts



  • 1-1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup grated apple
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1-1/2 cup cassava flour (I talk about why I use this flour HERE!)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein isolate (I use True Nutrition and love their products)
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  • 1-1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a small pot over medium high heat, combine apple cider, grated apple and allspice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. We want this to reduce to 1 cup of concentrate cider. After the 20 minutes, pour into a small ball to cool slightly.
  2. While the cider is simmering, preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 donut pans by greasing with a bit of coconut oil. If you only have one pan, no worries! Just bake in batches. 
  3. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, protein, sugar and spices) in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla extract and egg. Slowly pour Apple cider and grated apple into bowl, continuing to whisk. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until a well incorporated batter has formed. This will be a bit of a wetter batter - that's ok!
  5. Transfer batter to a piping bag or large ziploc bag. Pipe batter into donut pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.  
  6. Melt butter and set aside in a small bowl which is wide enough to fit a donut. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in another small bowl or on a plate. Once donuts have baked, allow to cool slightly on a large cutting board. Dip tops of donuts into melted butter and then lightly into the sugar/cinnamon mix.