Mini chocolate pistachio protein donuts (grain-free)

Happy Friday luvs!

Who likes having chocolate for breakfast?

our hands are raised in the air

healthy baked pistachio paleo donuts

Who likes mini foods?

again our hands are raised

Everything taste better as mini’s right?

Mini chocolate pistachio protein donuts that are gluten and grain-free!

healthy low sugar paleo grain free protein chocolate donuts ||

It has been awhile since we have had donuts…gasp…we know. Crazy. And ever since we’ve enjoyed some chocolate pistachio coconut butter we couldn’t stop thinking about making chocolate donuts with pistachios.

easy chocolate donuts

Chocolate. Pistachios. Match made in heaven!

Would you agree?

baked pistachio chocolate donuts

pistachio baked donuts

We get so excited when we get to practice recipes. We jump in the air when a recipe comes out on the first or even second try. But we are also sad when a recipe turns out because then we do not get to taste test as much as we move onto another recipe. ;)

We made these donuts twice, you know to make sure they were blog worthy.

grain-free paleo pistachio chocolate donuts || purelytwins

But we need your help, we cannot decide if these mini chocolate pistachio protein donuts are breakfast or dessert?

Soft chocolate cake donuts covered with smooth sweet icing and topped with crushed pistachios – that might make you think dessert, but the shape says breakfast so we’re going with that!

Baked Mini Chocolate Pistachio Donuts – could there be a better breakfast? We’re uncertain.  Except when you have pumpkin bread pudding.

Or chocolate waffles.

Or chocolate pumpkin glazed donuts.

Ok fine, we can’t pick just one favorite recipe as these pistachio protein donuts are near the top on our list. Just look at them! We wish we could send SMELLS across the computer screen as the aroma is heavenly.

Roasted pistachios. Cocoa. mmmm can you smell it?  

These cake-like chocolate donuts have hemp protein in the batter, which keeps them light and moist, plus an extra boost of protein.  Then they are topped with a melt-in-your-mouth glaze and finished with roasted pistachios crumbs.

Drooling yet?

So call them breakfast, call them dessert – either way make these!  They are delicious.  


chocolate protein gluten free baked donuts ||

Not only do they taste amazing, but they are flourless! Okay…not quite but think you guys understand :)

Healthy chocolate donuts? Yep.  Well in our eyes and we think you would agree. Just made from raw cacao, ground pistachios, hemp protein, eggs, and a little sugar. Not bad.

Mini chocolate pistachio donuts

Mini chocolate pistachio donuts


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup hemp protein
  • 1/2 cup pistachio flour (unsalted, roasted pistachios)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (palm sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk (if needed, we did coconut milk)
  • Need about 1 cup or more crushed pistachios for rolling.


  1. 1. Take whole pistachios and grind into flour in a mini food processor. Measure out 1/2 cup and save the rest to roll donuts in.
  2. 2. Measure out dry ingredients and place in bowl.
  3. 3. Next add in vanilla and the 2 eggs and mix well.
  4. 4. Preheat mini donut maker or bake in oven at 350 using mini muffin/cupcake pan.
  5. 5. Scoop donut batter into donut maker. Let cook until donut maker is done. If baking bake for about 10 - 12 minutes.
  6. 6. Let donuts cool. As they are cooling make the topping.
  7. 7. COCONUT BUTTER TOPPING: Mix in a small bowl the coconut butter with the honey and milk until smooth.
  8. 8. Spread onto mini donuts one a time as you follow up with dipping the donut into pistachio crumbs.

Could eat these mini donuts all day long!

 mini baked chocolate donuts Make these chocolate pistachio donuts for your breakfast (or dessert) this weekend!

Do you like mini foods?


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18 Responses to Mini chocolate pistachio protein donuts (grain-free)

  1. These look amazing girls!
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  2. Oh ladies – I want one…or five!! I’m about to start back on a diet with my trainer and one of my goals is to see how I can fit in more treats like this. :)
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  3. zosia says:

    do you think this would work with two flax eggs? (i.e. 2 T flax meal + 6 T water) or psyllium eggs?

    also…how many donuts does this yield?

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! May 2014 be all that you girls need and want it to be.

  4. Kelly says:

    Can I use stevia or another natural sugar free sweetener instead of the coconut sugar and honey?.

    • purelytwins says:

      you can try to use stevia, not sure what it will do to the final texture of the donuts as you will be missing volume from the sugar. you might have to replace the coconut sugar with something if you want to use stevia.

  5. These are not only adorable, but they look and sound SUPER good. I might have to cough up the dough (get it?? lol) and get some pistachios to make flour. Delish! Love the creativity. :)

    I’ve yet to make one of your donuts (or any for that matter!) so maybe I should break that spell. I really need a donut pan…


  6. OK… pistachio flour?! YOu guys find the best stuff! I’m going to have to get my hand on some. That’s one of my favorite nuts.
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  7. Seriously, you two… When are you opening up a Bakery Chain around the country?!?! This needs to happen. I can head up the West Coast operations, lol.
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  8. Ooh, can I place an order? :-)
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  9. Kate says:

    Do you think I could substitute something for the hemp powder? Maybe almond flour or more pistachio flour???

  10. CL says:

    I just made this with a few replacements:
    - Sunwarrior warrior blend for hemp powder
    - Sin-Free Sugar by UBB for coconut sugar
    - chia egg replacers

    and just made them into biscuit shapes instead of doughnuts.

    They’re, for lack of a better word, AMAZING.

    Best protein baking item I’ve made so far.
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