chocolate protein donuts with pumpkin glaze (vegan, grain-free)

Hey friends,

Before we left town we baked these wonderful soft rich chocolate donuts made with chia seeds and hemp protein. What is it about baking donuts that just makes us so happy?

Our niece loves donuts. Really our whole family loves just about any baked good, especially homemade ones. So we are excited to bake lots of donuts around here while being home. Maybe even some pancakes, as we all love those too!  Though can’t go wrong with either one in our opinion.

Baked grain-free vegan chocolate chia seed pumpkin glaze protein donuts.

vegan chia chocolate pumpkin donuts

We took our chocolate mint cake donuts and made them out of chia seeds instead of flax meal.  And added in hemp protein powder instead of the brown rice flour. And it worked!

Moist, soft cake-like donuts!

baked chocolate donuts

These baked vegan donuts are still a little delicate when first out of the oven. It is best to let them cool for at about 5 minutes before popping them out of donut pan (or whatever pan you are using).

These chocolate protein donuts have a soft crumb to them.

close up donuts

With using the hemp protein and chia seeds does provide a more earthy kind of flavor with a rich chocolate touch. Add in the sweet pumpkin glaze makes the donuts complete.

We use this hemp protein powder.

pumpkin chia donuts

In our recipes we make our own buttermilk with taking canned coconut milk and adding in about 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Stir and then it’s ready for recipe making.  We prefer the canned coconut milks in our recipes as there is less ingredients in them. And we find the texture to be better.

baked vegan pumpkin glaze donuts

Since these baked donuts are made from chia seeds and hemp protein that makes them packed with nutrition. Feel good ingredients in these donuts. Plus cacao is a great source of antioxidants.

Nothing wrong with having a deliciously soft baked chocolate donut filled with protein and fiber that is free of eggs, gluten and grains.

To make the chia seed flour in the recipe we just took whole chia seeds and ground them into flour using a coffee grinder.

vegan pumpkin chia donuts

We hope you enjoy our donuts as much as we did.

As they get cold they become very sturdy. Perfect for topping with a simple pumpkin glaze to complete the donut experience.

Chocolate chia donuts with pumpkin glaze (vegan, grain-free)

6 donuts

Chocolate chia donuts with pumpkin glaze (vegan, grain-free)

Healthy protein and fiber packed chocolate vegan donuts with pumpkin glaze.


  • For the donuts:
  • 1/2 cup hemp protein powder (2oz)
  • 5 tablespoons chia seed flour (1 1/4oz)
  • 5 tablespoons cacao powder (cocoa) (1 1/4oz)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or sugar of your liking)
  • 6 tablespoons pumpkin puree (3oz)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid (2oz)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut milk buttermilk (3oz)
  • For the pumpkin glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter (or butter of choice)


  1. Place all dry ingredients into bowl and stir together.
  2. Make sure all wet ingredients are at room temperature.
  3. Add in pumpkin puree and coconut oil to dry ingredients. Stir.
  4. End with stirring in coconut milk.
  5. Stir to well combined.
  6. Scoop donut batter into donut pan (lightly grease with coconut oil).
  7. Makes 6 large donuts.
  8. Bake donuts at 350 degree for about 15-16 minutes.
  9. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before taking out of pan.
  10. *if you do not have a donut pan you may use a muffin pan or mini bundt cake pan.
  11. As donuts are cooling make pumpkin glaze.
  12. In a bowl add in butter, vanilla and pumpkin puree.
  13. Mix.
  14. Add in confectioner sugar.
  15. Continue to mix.
  16. Drizzle or dip donuts into pumpkin glaze.
  17. Serving – 6 donuts

Perfect for making Thanksgiving morning, right? We think so :)

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20 Responses to chocolate protein donuts with pumpkin glaze (vegan, grain-free)

  1. I AM BLOWN AWAY! :D thanks for sharing which protein powder you use!
    Meg @ A Dash of Meg recently posted..Tea Tuesday: GingerbreadMy Profile

  2. Jennifer F says:

    Wiping drool off the keyboard. Good job, y’all!
    Jennifer F recently posted..Happy Fitsgiving – Stretching & Smoothies!My Profile

  3. Barb says:

    I am SO making these! Today!! Love all your ideas. If I use stevia instead of the sugar, how would I substitute?
    Barb recently posted..Venus Out of Bounds until Dec 7, 2013My Profile

    • purelytwins says:

      well that is a hard substitute to switch out, not sure if stevia would work in this donut recipe as you will need to replace that volume from the sugar.

  4. Erica says:

    I want a bowl of that glaze ;) I could think of 10 things I want to dip in there! Heheh. Great creation

  5. These look delicious! Anything pumpkin and chocolate is my heaven : )
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  6. I’m having my usual pre-race breakfast: toasted bagel with PB. I’m running a Turkey Trot Thursday morning!
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots recently posted..Turkey Day RunningMy Profile

  7. Chris says:

    Yuuuuuummmm! Can’t wait to make these.
    Did you use traditional confectioners’ sugar?
    I’m thinking you can use stevia instead of coconut sugar if you increase the dry ingredients a little. Maybe an extra tablespoon of hemp protein.

  8. These would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning! I love the pumpkin and chocolate combo – that’s been my go-to lately in everything. :)

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  9. Alexandra P. says:

    They look absolutely delicious! You wouldn’t even tell that they are healthy as well! :)
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  10. Christina says:

    If I just want the chocolate donut can I substitute the pumpkin in the donut mixture for applesauce? Can you even taste the pumpkin in the actual donut part if there isn’t pumpkin glaze? Thank you!

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