Almond & Chocolate Protein Donuts
It was 4:03am. I couldn’t believe it; I’d been laying in bed, tossing and turning, since 9:00pm! I must have counted a thousand of sheep, made the sheep jump over a thousand fences, got up a dozen times, walked around, tried to unsuccessfully self-hypnotized myself, and lay back down even more awake that I’d been before I got up. All I could think about was that movie ‘Insomnia’ and about how, if you stay up for days and days, you can actually die. I then counted the hours until daylight, and then the minutes, until I gave up – at 4:03am. I got up and walked into the kitchen, determined that if Morpheus wasn’t going to play with me, I didn’t want to play with him either. I turned on my coffee machine and… that’s when I heard it: a knock on the door.
At first I thought it was my imagination playing bad jokes on me. Because who would be at the door this late in the night – or early in the morning rather? So I ignored the first knock and then I ignored the second. But when the third came accompanied by a ‘HEY!’, I decided I had to go check. I was scared, I’m not going to lie to you. I was terrified. I wasn’t expecting company and in my mind all I could think of were worst case scenarios…
I stood really close to the door to see if I could figure out who it was on the other side of it. I didn’t have a keyhole so I put my ear against the door. Nothing. I couldn’t hear a sound – besides the loud thump thump thump of my own heartbeat.
‘Who is it?’ I asked. My voice slightly trembled. I tried again. ‘WHO IS IT?’ This time I said it loudly, trying my best to sound confident and unafraid. But what I heard next immobilised me; it rendered me speechless. Cold sweat ran down my face. I must have known; I should have guessed it: It was a donut.
I wanted to introduce this recipe with the story that inspired it. Actually, it wasn’t a story. It was a dream, or should I say nightmare? In the dream I opened that door and found myself face to face with a giant protein donut. It was friendly but intimidating in appearance, round as it was, with sprinkles all over it. I woke up right after I saw it and I felt a sense of regret when I did. OK, maybe not regret but, you know… when you wake up from a dream you wish you could have stayed in a little longer? That’s how I felt. I wish I’d stayed in the dream at least long enough to engage the donut in a fight so I could bite it. I wish I’d seen what it was made of inside. But alas, I did not. I just woke up. I woke up and I decided that the time had come to make some donuts. Heck, if I couldn’t eat the donut in my dream, at least I was going to make one! And so it was that this recipe was born:
1/4 cup vanilla pea protein powder (or vanilla casein?)
1/4 cup almond flour (aka ground almonds)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp almond milk
1 whole egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
Blend all the above ingredients until you get a sticky dough.
Stick this dough inside a donut pan, ideally a silicone one.
Bake at 180 C (356 F) for about 15 minutes or until they’ve cooked through.
Let the donuts cool completely before removing them from the donut pan.
For the chocolate, melt 2 squares of dark chocolate with 1 tsp of coconut oil. Pour this then on top of the donuts and add some chocolate sprinkles on top! You could also sprinkle them with slivered almonds.
DONE! Time to set the donut monster loose!