Need your whey protein fix but don’t have time to make it to the blender for a smoothie? Well, you may just want to grab a doughnut instead. That’s right, a doughnut.
But this is not just any doughnut, of course—leave those powdered sugar covered ones alone (that is, if you want to keep your abs in check)—reach for a pronut instead, the gluten-free high-protein doughnut that actually exists (no, you’re not dreaming).
The pronut comes by way of Australian health enthusiasts who wanted a healthy version of a doughnut, reports the Evening Standard. Recipes for the pronut craze include those based on zucchini, eggs, and yes, whey protein, along with coconut flour, making the pronut a relatively healthy take on the otherwise circle of empty calories.
Each doughnut contains as few as 85 calories, largely because unlike most doughnut varieties, they are baked, not fried,” reports the Evening Standard.
But while you’ll have to make a trip Down Under or to London to get your hands on a bakery-produced whey protein pronut—you can also make your own, from scratch, and you know, keep them in a fanny pack around your waist in case of emergency.
Cinnamon-Glazed Pronuts Recipe
Makes 8 pronuts
1 cup whey protein
11/2 cups milk of choice
1 cup egg whites
1/3 cup coconut flour
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 scoop of whey protein (about 1/3 cup)
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix dry pronut ingredients together.
In a separate bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and melted coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until it forms a cohesive dough. Scoop into donut molds.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until knife inserted into the doughnut comes out clean.
While the pronuts bake, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle atop cooled pronuts.
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