Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting are moist and delicious while also being light. They can be made gluten free, are easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover!

Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting topped with sprinkles.

These donuts are for the chocolate lover. They’re rich, indulgent and incredibly tasty.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that they are easy to make and actually use healthier ingredients than a typical donut.

It adds protein powder to keep you full and satisfied for a long period of time. Whether you’re enjoying these donuts for a sweet breakfast or dessert, you will not be disappointed.

Topped with a chocolate frosting, these donuts are perfection!

Main Ingredients

Brownie Donut Ingredients measured out in bowls.

What is the best protein powder to use?

When I use protein powder in baking, I always prefer to use a vegan option. This is because a whey protein powder will dry out the baked good.

In this recipe, I used Orgain’s Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder. It adds extra chocolate flavor to the batter while also fueling your body with extra protein.

The protein helps to balance out the carbs and sugar in this recipe. This leaves you feeling satisfied and fueling your body while satisfying your chocolate cravings!

How to Make Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Start by mixing together the milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside
  3. Combine the granulated sugar, olive oil and milk mixture together in a large mixing bowl
  4. Once combined, fold in the cocoa powder and other dry ingredients
  5. Make sure to not overmix the batter then transfer it to a piping bag. You can use a ziploc bag and cut the corner as well
  6. Pipe the batter into the donut pan until all the donut molds are filled
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until donuts have risen and a toothpick comes out clean
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
  9. While the donuts are cooling, let’s make the chocolate frosting!
  10. Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small mixing bowl
  11. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. The chocolate will need some more time to melt, do an additional 10 seconds until it reaches a silky and smooth consistency
  12. Once the chocolate frosting is complete, dip the donuts into the glaze or drizzle it on top
  13. Top with sprinkles, flaky sea salt or anything else your heart desires
  14. Enjoy!
Mixing together the wet ingredients to make the brownie donuts.
Mix together the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Folding in the dry ingredients to make Brownie Donuts.
Fold in the dry ingredients.
Transfer the Brownie donut batter to a donut pan greased with nonstick spray or butter.
Transfer the batter to a donut pan.
Baked Brownie Donuts on a cooling rack.
Bake and transfer to a cooling rack.
Brownie Donuts on a cooling rack topped with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles.
Once the Brownie Donuts have cooled, top with the chocolate glaze and sprinkles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best flour to use?

I use all purpose gluten free flour or regular all purpose flour for this recipe. They both come out delicious!

What if I don’t want to use protein powder?

Substitute the protein powder with 1/3 cup of flour and 1 tbsp cocoa powder.

Can I use a different oil to replace the olive oil?

Yes, you can use any neutral oil at a 1:1 ratio.

How do I know the donuts are done baking?

The donuts are done baking when they have risen and a toothpick comes out clean. You want to make sure the donuts don’t overbake as they will dry out.

Do I have to add a frosting to the cupcakes?

Nope! These are just as delicious plain as they are with the silky and rich chocolate frosting.

How do I store these donuts?

Store at room temperature for 2 days in a sealed container or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How many grams of protein are in each donut?

There are 10 grams of protein in each donut!

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Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting and topped with sprinkles.

Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Yield: 6 donuts
Brownie Donuts with Chocolate Frosting are moist and delicious while also being light. They can be made gluten free, are easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover!

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or other neutral oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour, or regular all purpose flour
  • 2 servings vegan chocolate protein powder, should be about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Start by mixing together the milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside
  • Combine the granulated sugar, olive oil and milk mixture together in a large mixing bowl
  • Once combined, fold in the cocoa powder and other dry ingredients
  • Make sure to not overmix the batter then transfer it to a piping bag. You can use a ziploc bag and cut the corner as well
  • Pipe the batter into the donut pan until all the donut molds are filled
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until donuts have risen and a toothpick comes out clean
  • Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
  • While the donuts are cooling, let's make the chocolate frosting!
  • Add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small mixing bowl
  • Heat for 30 seconds and stir. The chocolate will need some more time to melt, do an additional 10 seconds until it reaches a silky and smooth consistency
  • Once the chocolate frosting is complete, dip the donuts into the glaze or drizzle it on top
  • Top with sprinkles, flaky sea salt or anything else your heart desires
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal
Author: Jessica Selensky
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keywords: baking, banana dessert, Brownie Donuts, Brownies, cheese snack, Chocolate Glaze, Donuts with Chocolate Frosting, gluten free

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