Florida dropped to the 50’s this week so we’re celebrating by eating these holiday festive delights!
I’m mildly obsessed with the combination of mint + chocolate at the moment. It will never surmount my obsession with peanut butter + chocolate, but around this time of year, this mint-chocolate madness comes in a close second.
I went off my rocker this past week and actually tried to make peanut butter + chocolate + mint work TOGETHER and it was a complete, utter catastrophe. It all started with my attempt to enhance the palatability of a York peppermint patty (to be frank, I think they taste like toothpaste), so I thought, “why not slather some peanut butter on top”? After all, peanut butter makes everything better….
Nope… there are, in fact, limits to that statement and I went too far. Moral of the story: either eat a Reese’s or a York and call it day. Some things just aren’t meant to be. (tear)
THESE, however, are meant to be in your baking lineup this Christmas. They taste nothing like a Krispy Kreme donut (don’t want to get your hopes up), though they’re very similar in density to a cake donut. I was really just trying to emulate the chocolate cake donuts at Dunkin Donuts. Mission almost accomplished 😉
The typical sugar and fat-laden donut is quite possibly the best and worst way to start your day. Of course it tastes delicious and decant and all-things wonderful, but how do you really feel after eating it? Perhaps a little sluggish and bogged down? Does it just kind of sit in your stomach and linnnggger like an unwanted guest for hours to come? Does it make you crave vegetables?… No? Just me? 😉
Either way, these donuts do not have any of those side-effects. Except maybe the veggie-craving since you’re starting your day off on a nutritious track.
They’re the perfect holiday dessert or breakfast without being overwhelmingly sweet or rich.
The holidays (and life in general) are always better with donuts!
Peppermint Mocha Protein Donuts
Makes 6 donuts; Serving size: 3 donuts
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (~26-28 gms); I used Perfect Fit
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
- 3 tbsp espresso or strong brewed coffee
- 2 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened dark chocolate powder
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp mint extract
- 1 tbsp Stevia
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips + 2 tbsp mint chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients (except topping ingredients) in a medium sized bowl and mix until combined. Do not over-mix.
- Spoon batter into donut pan and bake for ~12-13 minutes.
- Prepare topping by melting coconut oil and dark chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Mix well and drizzle chocolate sauce over donuts. Top with mint chocolate chips.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (3 donuts)
Calories: 298; Total Fat: 10 gm; Saturated Fat: 5.5 gm; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 420 mg; Carbohydrates: 33 gm; Fiber: 7 gm; Sugar: 8 gm; Protein: 20 gm