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Cinnamon-Spiced Donuts


Well, guys, it's officially September, football is back, and the air is feeling a little more crisp...

In other words, it is basically fall.

While I love fall, I'm also not quite ready to let go of summer yet *sigh*

In an attempt to cheer myself up and embrace the changing season, this past weekend I decided it was time for my taste buds to take in some fall flavors. The result?

These delicious cinnamon-spiced, protein-packed donuts with salted caramel, cream cheese icing.

(I was calling them 'chai' at first, but they are aren't truly chai-spiced...)

This is one of the rare occasions where A.) I actually measured and recorded my measurements of all ingredients and B.) my first concoction was good enough that I don't feel the need to tweak next time around!

As a result of all of that, you all get this recipe right away!



Cinnamon-Spiced Donuts

Serving size: 1 dozen donuts


1 large egg

1.5 scoops salted caramel Rule 1 protein powder

(Found at Philly Gainz in-store or online- and code 'MARIA10' saves you money!)

1/4 cup cinnamon flavored applesauce

1/2 cup organic almond milk

10g instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 T baking powder

1 T cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

*optional: 4 T sweetener such as Stevia, monk fruit, Splenda...*

4 T cream cheese

150g non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt


Preheat oven to 350 degree F

1.) Mix flour, pudding mix, cinnamon, baking powder and 1 scoop protein powder in a bowl (and sweetener if taking this option)

2.) Beat in vanilla extract, applesauce, almond milk, and egg

3.) Pour evenly into well-greased donut pan or muffin tins

4.) Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and donuts/muffins are golden brown on top

While donuts are baking...

5.) Mix Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and 1/2 scoop salted caramel protein powder with electric mixer *Refrigerate while donuts bake/cool*

6.) Once cooled, frost donuts and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar if desired

7.) Eat!! (Preferably with a nice serving of vanilla ice cream accompanying your sweet treat...)

Refrigerate donuts to store.

Donuts may also be frozen, but refrain from icing until time of serving if you plan to freeze them.

*Nutritional information will vary based on ingredient choices, but roughly around 85 calories, 1.5g fat, 12g, carbs (3g sugar, 1g fiber), 7g protein per donut*


It's a very rare occasion where you can eat 2 frosted donuts and feel zero guilt at all ;) and with the nutritional info of these suckers, I've definitely made a habit of going 2 at a time!

So, grab your non-fat PSL, a donut or 2, and be sure to tag me (@forzafitnessconditioning) in any and all pictures of you embracing these fall-flavors!

(I always love to see other people giving these yummy recipes a try!)




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