Gluten-Free Peppermint Donuts You Can Enjoy Year-Round

The following post was originally featured on Purely Twins and written by Lori Morris and Michelle Corso, who are part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

We hope you enjoy our peppermint mocha donuts as much as we did. Told you we had one more chocolate peppermint addiction to share. We just adore donuts. Our love of donuts actually happened a few years ago. Growing up we did not really eat too many donuts. But now, we love making them. Not sure what it is about them. Maybe the cute hole in the middle? Or how fun they are to make?

Are you ready to make some yummy protein chocolate donuts?

Come join us in the our kitchen!

We were inspired to make these donuts by our other chocolate donuts, but we wanted a more holiday-themed one. And of course, peppermint came to mind. We added in the addition of instant coffee to make mocha-flavor baked donuts.

These baked donuts are soft with a lovely chew to them. And the stevia-sweetened protein glaze on top is amazing. Perfect touch to these hemp protein-packed donuts. And we used brown rice protein for glaze, so if you want it grain free, use a whey protein or use hemp (but just note it will change the color).

And guess what, they can be made with or without an egg.

The recipe here is made without an egg, and we used 1/3 cup sugar. After tasting them and loving the final outcome . . . we still wanted to see if we could reduce the sugar and use an egg. We were curious how the texture would be using an egg and little less sugar? We love doing recipe experiments. 😉

If you are interested in that egg version, follow the same recipe below, but instead of flax gel, use an egg and reduce sugar to 1/4 cup.

Both options for these donuts are great!!

The reduced sugar came out just as lovely as the flax gel one. But the reduced sugar amount only really works if you use an egg. The vegan (egg-free) version of these donuts works best with 1/3 cup sugar to help with volume and texture.

Mmmm . . . we are dreaming of donuts. We actually enjoyed these donuts a few times already. And can’t wait to make them again.

We prefer baking our donuts for a little healthier treat. And we admit we are lazy in the whole frying them. Baking is so much easier. 🙂

Time to make peppermint mocha donuts! Yippie!!

Peppermint Mocha Donuts

From Purely Twins

Peppermint Mocha Donuts

Notes

Substitutions:

Instead of hemp protein powder, you can use any flour or protein powder. Please note it might alter the taste and texture.If you would like to make them vegan, you can do one flax or chia gel.Instead of the brown rice protein in the glaze, you can use any protein powder.Instead of the essential oil for the peppermint, you can use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (adjust to taste).Head to Starbucks, and order a peppermint mocha plain coffee to enjoy with these peppermint mocha donuts.