Power Up Morning with Chocolate – Strawberry Protein ‘Donut Holes’ Recipe

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The Baked Banana Protein Donut Holes were such a hit last week that I just had to play around with another recipe. Hmm, though, what to put in them this time? Well, if you know me, you know that was a no-brainer – chocolate. Please, please give me a chocolate-induced serotonin surge to go along with my runner’s high. If it’s true that “everything’s a little better with chocolate” then these little bite-sized morsels are sure to get your neurotransmitters all a twitter. I think they make you run faster, too!

Friends who follow a gluten-free or Paleo diet get a green light on these miniature munchies; that’s because they’re made with low-carb, gluten-free coconut flour and no sugar. If you don’t have a fancy-schmancy donut hole machine, you can easily substitute mini-muffin tins in the oven. Also, if you don’t want to make strawberry puree (eg: throwing strawberries in a blender), you can use all-natural strawberry applesauce instead.

Since they’re not messy or sticky, some friends and I are planning to toss a couple batches in zip-top bag as one of our “fuel sources” for the American River 50 Mile Run out in California next month. Enjoy!

Chocolate-Strawberry Protein Donut Holes Recipe

  • 1/3 cup liquid egg white
  • 4 ounces strawberry puree (or if lazy, strawberry applesauce)
  • 1 tablespoons almond milk
  • ¼ cup protein powder (I used 3Fuel)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia sweetener

In medium bowl, mix together egg whites, strawberries and almond milk.  In another bowl, mix together all the remaining dry ingredients except the powdered sugar. Once well-combined, mix dry ingredients in to “wet” ingredients, stirring well.

Preheat donut hole maker machine and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions (the Bella maker says cook for 5 minutes but I think that’s too much). You can also bake at 350 in the oven using mini muffin tins; bake for approximately 10 minutes or until centers pull clean with a toothpick. While still warm, sprinkle with the powdered sugar. Makes 16.

Nutrition information (per 1 ball) 20 calories, 2g protein, 0.5 sat. fat, 0.0g trans fat, 5mg sodium, 2.5 g total carbs, 0.25g sugar, .75g fiber 


3Fuel is a great protein powder supplement for endurance athletes; there’s some good stuff in there and it’s backed by the latest research on nutrition for sports performance. You can save 10% on 3Fuel Nutritional Shake by using code 3FHUNT at checkout.

9 thoughts on “Power Up Morning with Chocolate – Strawberry Protein ‘Donut Holes’ Recipe

    • The coconut flour doesn’t taste coconut-y 🙂 But you could just substitute regular flour for it — the coconut flour just keeps it gluten-free

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