banana coconut pecan protein baked donuts (high protein, no added sugar)

by purelytwins


We have been practicing a new coconut flour baked donut.

And we have come to realize working with coconut flour can be complicated.

No sugar added banana pecan protein baked donuts made with coconut flour.


We wanted to see if we could make a coconut flour based donut with only using bananas as the sweetness like we were able to do in our banana chocolate chip blondies. Since those came out AMAZING we knew we had to give it a try as baked donuts.


Now these are not your average fried donuts or even regular baked donuts. Nope.

These donuts are on a totally different level.


What do we mean exactly?

Well, since we use 3 eggs these coconut flour protein based donuts are very light in texture.

They don’t  have much of a chew or spongy texture to them. We feel our pumpkin pecan donuts have a better spongy chew to them that we adore.

These banana coconut pecan protein baked donuts are not really dense either.  They are almost cake-like, but have a different crumb compared to our chocolate raspberry donuts (which is one of our favorites).

Like we said they are on a different level, similar to our mini chocolate hazelnut lucuma donuts.


This recipe was inspired by our original grain-free coconut flour based cardamom mini donuts.

But this time we wanted a  high protein donut.

Therefore we added in some brown rice protein powder. We used our favorite brand – perfect fit protein. You can use whatever protein powder you like. We know brown rice protein is not consider grain-free but we like it as it is a simple protein and easy for us to digest.

 How shall we describe the texture of these protein baked donuts?

Delicious in their own way 🙂

Even though they are not your average baked or fried donut they are still addicting. And quite tasty!

Protein rich banana coconut pecan gluten-free dairy-free donuts


And these donuts are ranking as a new favorite of ours since not only are full of protein and fiber but they are only sweetened with bananas!

There is just something about eating a yummy baked good that has few ingredients that makes us happy inside and out.  If you cannot have coconut flour or do not like it, we recommend investing in some sweet potato flour.  A new flour that we are loving due to being grain-free.

With the addition of our protein glaze on top adds even more protein punch. Perfect for those that adore protein powder like we do or for those wanting higher protein baked good options. We got you covered!


If you are not a huge fan of protein powder or coconut flour just take a look at our other donut recipes to find one that fits your liking!

Also, if you are not a fan of brown rice protein powder please feel free to use any protein powder of your liking. We have not tried to make this donut recipe without eggs. Using 3 flax gels might work, but we are unsure. But you never know.


High protein no sugar added banana coconut pecan baked donuts

The best baked donut recipe! Made with no added sugar and rich in protein. Banana coconut flour donuts that are gluten and dairy free with a protein frosting! These donuts are packed with about 9 grams of protein per donut!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes



  • 5 tablespoons coconut flour (1 1/4oz)
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder (3/4oz)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas (4 oz)
  • 3 eggs

Protein Glaze

  • 3 tbsp protein powder (3/4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (1/4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • add water to desired consistency is achieved
  • Can add stevia if want sweeter
  • 1 cup crushed pecans for topping


  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl and beat together till batter is smooth.
  2. Scoop or pipe donuts into a 6 large donut pan, or can use muffin pan.
  3. Bake 350 for about 12 -15 minutes.
  4. Donuts should pop out of pan. Let cool on cooling rack as you make your Protein Glaze.
  5. Dip or spread glaze onto donuts and then sprinkle pecan crumbs.
  6. *Recommend using Non-pro donut pan (could bake as cupcakes).


  • Serving Size: makes 6 donuts


These donuts are packed with about 9 grams of protein per donut! Sure to keep you full and satisfied this holiday season.  We added the pecans as we love the flavor of bananas and pecans together! The nuts help give a nice crunchy texture to the donuts.

Favorite topping for donuts? Do you like baked or fried donuts? Do you spell donuts or doughnuts? Pecan lover or no?

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kim@hungryhealthygirl December 19, 2012 - 11:12 am

If these taste half as good as they look, then these donuts will fantastic! Love pecans!

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 11:57 am

Thanks Kim!! we love pecans too

Heather @ Better With Veggies December 19, 2012 - 11:21 am

I love high protein donuts, it really does make a difference in how satisfied you feel. I bet these would work well with Ener-G egg replacer (I like it better for baking than flax eggs). They look delicious!

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 11:57 am

it does! never tried Ener-G but sounds good.

Ed December 19, 2012 - 11:44 am

You girls are slaying me with all these good looking treats! Got any left overs? lol

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 11:58 am

haha thanks!

Heather @ For the Love of Kale December 19, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Y’all are freakin’ brilliant.

Stacy December 19, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Cant wait to see the post on the reasons u are avoiding grains, as well as diet tweaks you’ve made. We seem to have similar health issues and food sensitivities, so i look forward to seeing how your dietary experiments turn out, for it gives ME insight into my own issues, as well as ideas to try (it’s so easy to fall into ruts and/or limit yourself to like 2-3 things, ya know?). Can u do a post on your typical daily meals/snacks with updated macronutrients %s? That’s my hardest thing: figuring out those darn macros…and then trying to find foods to satisfy those needs (and having food sensitivities doesnt make this easy!).


PS–for some reason your blog loads incredibly slow no matter which computer I use…does anyone else have this issue? I LOVE your blog, but it literally takes me forever to load one page, and even scrolling down the page takes a long time. Ugh, technology, lol 😛

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 19, 2012 - 12:40 pm

These sound amazing! I love baking with coconut flour and I bet the banana gives it great added flavor.

Amanda @ Run Principessa December 19, 2012 - 1:26 pm

I need a donut pan! Oh my goodness those look tasty. 🙂 And I must say, I spelled it doughnut until I got lazy. 😉

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 2:04 pm

haha us too!

the delicate place December 19, 2012 - 1:51 pm

these look like the maple nut donuts at dunkin 🙂 but i’m sure these are far tastier! i spell it without the ‘g’ and my fave topping is either shredded coconut or chopped walnuts.

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 2:04 pm

shredded coconut – yum! those would be tasty on these 😉

lindsay December 19, 2012 - 1:52 pm

i have a feeling these taste like pralines, yes? if so, i need to stock UP!

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 2:04 pm

🙂 yes

Chris M. December 19, 2012 - 4:21 pm

These look amazing! Nice to have a guilty pleasure that’s low on the guilt! Pecans…mmmm! Thinking about getting an electric donut maker…I haven’t used either the pans or the maker…pros-cons?

purelytwins December 19, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Chris we find the pans are better and easier to use. We had a donut machine but it had a short life. The machines do cook the donuts faster. But we prefer pans.

Chris December 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm


Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur December 19, 2012 - 4:44 pm

These donuts look so good. I have been completely obsessed with pecans and coconut lately, and this look like a wonderful combination of the two. A nice protein kick never hurts, either!

Erica December 19, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Another gorgeous creation! Fact: I had a container and threw it out because I was so intimidated that I never knew what to do with it! I should buy some more and give it another go!

Sarah December 19, 2012 - 7:56 pm

These look DELICIOUS!!! You girls always have such yummy recipes! I love pecans too!

Amanda@ Spiritual Sweat December 19, 2012 - 8:17 pm

one word: AMAZING!

Healthyleanfit December 19, 2012 - 8:22 pm

These look great! I can’t have bananas right now, so I am trying to think of something else that I could use to substitute the banana in this…. Something non-fruit, non-starchy. I would probably have to add some Stevia to sweeten them and then perhaps another egg or even some coconut oil….hmmmn. Any tips? I don’t have experience making donuts!

Paula Bedo December 20, 2012 - 12:27 am

wow girls! You’ve outdone yourselves! can’t wait to try this and share! xo

Miz December 20, 2012 - 6:08 am

HANUKKAH is a donut holiday!!
thank you.

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) December 20, 2012 - 7:29 am

Great recipe! I bake donuts and my favorite topping is cinnamon or glaze.

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) December 20, 2012 - 7:30 am

P.S. – I love pecans as well.

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 20, 2012 - 10:18 am

You ladies are seriously amazing. I MUST make these!

purelytwins December 20, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Thank you Brittany!

Susan December 20, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Hi Ladies:

these look so good but I do not have a donut maker :o( Thoughts on how they would turn out in a waffle maker?


purelytwins December 20, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Susan I think they would turn out just fine in a waffle maker, could even use a muffin pan.

Kierston December 21, 2012 - 7:45 am


Wendy December 21, 2012 - 9:41 am

These look absolutely scrumptious….but I have to ask – do you use a non-stick donut pan? Being health conscious and aware of the problems with non-stick pots and pans, I’ve been searching for a non non-stick donut pan and have been totally unable to find one… you have any suggestions? Or do just bite the bullet and use non-stick pans??

purelytwins December 21, 2012 - 10:05 am

Wendy we use non-stick pan

Tina April 23, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Do you spray your donut pan and what protein powder do you use?

purelytwins April 23, 2013 - 7:46 pm

we very lightly grease with coconut oil our pans, and we like Perfect Fit Protein powder and hemp protein powder.

Michelle May 14, 2013 - 8:25 pm

amazing recipe!!

purelytwins May 14, 2013 - 8:26 pm

thanks 🙂

Gina Marie February 21, 2014 - 11:02 am

Could Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate be used in place of prtein powder?


candace January 9, 2015 - 11:25 am


just came across this recipe, looks delicious! The ounces next to the coconut flour/protein powder – is that they weight those measurements should be?

purelytwins January 9, 2015 - 2:20 pm

yes the ounces are what the protein powder, etc should weigh

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Audra July 13, 2017 - 9:18 pm

These did not pop out of the pan, they actually were very difficult to get out and looked pretty rough. I lightly greased the pan but didn’t take them out of the pan right away to cool…any suggestions for next time? Should they come out of the pan immediately to cool?
I love the fact that there’s no sugar in these! I used a protein powder that is vanilla & chai so it was perfect with the cardamom & cinnamon!
Thanks. ????


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