July 08, 2020


These Glazed Lemon Protein Donuts just may be the BEST protein donuts I’ve ever made! Biased of course, because I’m a sucker for anything lemon… but everything from the sweet lemon flavor to the tender crumb to the irresistible sugar-free glaze is SO GOOD. The texture is everything! Think old-fashioned donut only with lemon 😉 These just so happen to be gluten-free and dairy-free too!

Did you know? One lemon has 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI) for Vitamin C, which is amazing because Vitamin C reduces the risk for heart attack and stroke, among other things. (source)


Protein substitutions

The base of these Glazed Lemon Protein Donuts combines gluten-free baking flour, coconut flour, and LIV Body Lean Vegan Protein in Fruit Loops flavor. May sound weird, but it works so well with the lemon! You can use my code SARAHWILKINS for free shipping on all Liv Body products. Any vegan protein powder should work in this recipe, but it won’t taste the same. I haven’t tested this recipe with whey, but in my experience a whey blend is much better for baking than whey isolate.

Glazed Lemon Protein Donuts (Vegan)

Flour substitutions

If you don’t have protein powder, feel free to substitute half a cup of gluten-free baking flour (60 grams) and omit the two tablespoons water. You can also substitute the coconut flour for twice as much gluten-free baking flour. If you don’t have gluten-free baking flour, any of the following should work: all-purpose flour, cake flour, fine oat flour (oats blended into a flour), sweet white sorghum flour, white whole wheat flour, or cassava flour.

Sweetener substitutions

To sweeten these delicious donuts, I used my favorite organic stevia blend that’s twice as sweet as sugar with no bitter aftertaste! Feel free to substitute twice as much granulated monk fruit, granulated erythritol, or baking stevia.


Other substitutions

For that moist texture, I used plain dairy-free yogurt and a teeny bit of vegan buttery spread. You can totally sub plain Greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce in place of the dairy-free yogurt, or coconut oil instead of the buttery spread! I did use egg white in the pictured version, but have also tested the recipe with two flax eggs (two tablespoons of ground flax plus one-quarter cup warm water). I am sure a vegan egg replacer would work as well!

Glazed Lemon Protein Donuts (Vegan)

Sugar free lemon glaze

For the glaze, I simply combined calorie-free powdered monk fruit sweetener, lemon juice, and one tablespoon of vegan buttery spread. An equal measure of powdered sugar will also work, and adds about 40 calories and 10 grams of carbs per donut.


Here’s the printable recipe for these Glazed Lemon Protein Donuts! I hope you’ll rate and comment below if you try them 🙂

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