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Protein Donut Holes

5 from 78 votes

Make a batch of these super healthy protein donut holes in seconds, for an easy and high protein snack recipe that’s completely addictive!

Protein Donut Holes

Two ingredient protein donut holes

That’s seriously all you need for the recipe, just two ingredients.

The no bake, high protein snack balls are quick to prepare and can be eaten at room temperature, chilled in the fridge, or even frozen straight from the freezer.

They are the perfect option for packing into a lunch box or taking on the go.

And the simple recipe can be vegan, keto, gluten free, nut free, soy free, egg free, low carb, low calorie, sugar free, and oil free.

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Tips for creating different flavors

Have fun trying out different types of nut butters and protein powders to find your favorite flavor combinations.

Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, chai, cake batter… the sky is the limit.

My favorite so far is granola butter and unsweetened pea protein powder.

You can also stir a handful of chia seeds, raisins, crushed walnuts, or mini chocolate chips in with the protein powder before forming a dough.

Or roll the finished donut holes in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or unrefined cane sugar for a tasty crunchy texture.

Can you think of any other flavor combinations I should try?

Serve with Chocolate Truffles, Coffee Truffles, and 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls.

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Vegan Donut Hole Ingredients

Protein donut hole ingredients

All you need for this recipe are your favorite protein powder and nut butter or an allergy friendly alternative.

Make sure to choose a protein powder you already know you enjoy.

I personally find many flavored protein powders to have an artificial aftertaste and therefore prefer to use unsweetened, unflavored protein powder.

Especially if you are not using a sweetened protein powder or coating the donuts in cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, frosting, or powdered sugar, I recommend going with a sweetened nut butter.

Cookie butter is also a wonderful choice here, as is granola butter.

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How to make vegan healthy donut holes

If your nut butter is not already easy to stir, let it come to room temperature. Or gently heat it in the microwave or on the stovetop until thin and easily stir-able.

Add the protein powder and nut or seed butter to a medium mixing bowl.

Stir the ingredients together until evenly combined. The consistency should be similar to that of cookie dough.

Some brands and types of protein powder will be thicker than others. And nut butters can have varying degrees of thickness or runniness.

So you may need to play around with the ratio of powder to nut butter. Add more protein powder if the donut balls are too sticky, or increase the amount of nut butter if the dough is too dry and crumbly.

Use clean hands or a cookie scoop to roll into balls.

Coat in sugar or other toppings if desired. Enjoy right away for breakfast, or store the protein donut holes in a covered container on the counter or in the refrigerator.

I also really love eating the donut holes as a healthy snack straight out of the freezer.

Leftovers should keep for around a week on the counter, or two weeks refrigerated, or up to four months frozen in an airtight covered container.

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Using a food scale

If you want accurate results and easy clean up every time, I highly recommend food scales for creating both baked goods and no bake treats.

To use a scale for this recipe instead of cups, measure out 120 grams of nut butter or cookie butter and 32 grams of protein powder.

As mentioned above, depending on the specific types and brands of ingredients you choose, you may need to tweak the ratio of nut butter to protein powder in order to achieve an easily roll-able cookie dough texture.

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Protein Donut Holes

Whip up a batch of these super healthy protein donut holes for an easy and high protein snack recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 8 – 10 donut holes
5 from 78 votes


  • 1/2 cup nut butter or allergy friendly sub
  • 1/4 cup protein powder
  • optional powdered sugar, glaze icing, sprinkles, cinnamon sugar, mini chocolate chips, chia seeds, or other donut hole toppings


  • *Be sure to use a type of protein powder you already know you like. Especially if using unsweetened protein powder and not coating the donuts in sugar, I recommend using a sweetened nut butter in the flavor of your choice. Cookie butter also works well.
    To make the donut holes, add the protein powder to a medium bowl. If nut butter is not already easily stir-able, gently warm it until soft. Stir the ingredients together to form a dough. Because some nut butters and protein powders are drier than others, you might need to add more nut butter (if the dough is too dry) or protein powder (if too sticky). Roll into balls, coat if desired, and store in a container on the counter or in the fridge or freezer.
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Published on January 21, 2024

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  1. Trisha says

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! Can you please provide a link to both a cookie butter and granola butter you would recommend? I’ve never heard of these (not sure what they are) and am interested in trying them for my daughter. Thank you!

  2. Jeanna says

    Note for the good of the group. Do not use PB2. I usually just add extra water when I need to make it more mix able because of course you can’t “melt” it. So far I’ve added about a cup if protein powder and it’s still waaaaay too sticky to make balls. 🙁 I used chocolate whey protein powder and mixed in some nuts and chocolate chips. It doesn’t even taste good. Nothing wrong with the recipe, it’s user error. Bleh!

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