Keto Chocolate Glazed Donuts


These keto donuts are for you, Homer Simpson

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Mornings just got a little sweeter with this delicious old fashioned sugar-free cake donut recipe. These keto chocolate donuts are easy to make and are just what you need for breakfast with your fresh cup of coffee.

Every once in a while, you gotta have a donut – even on the keto diet. It’s nice to have options when cravings hit, especially when you are at the office and someone brings in a dozen donuts in the morning.

five chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles on a white board and rectangle plate

These keto chocolate glazed donuts are perfection. They are the ideal combination of cake like donut with a sugar-free chocolate glaze. Top with your favorite low carb sprinkles and your breakfast ready! These keto donuts are very easy to make too. You can make up a batch in less than 30 minutes so you can enjoy homemade donuts in the mornings with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

This recipe for keto chocolate glazed donuts starts with a donut base. This donut is cake-like in texture and taste. It is denser than a donut you might be used to seeing at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts.

The combination of almond flour, protein powder, baking powder and sour cream help to give this keto donut a cake like consistency.

How to make keto donuts

  1. Combine all the ingredients to make a donut – almond flour, protein powder, sweetener, salt, xanthan gum, butter, sour cream, water. Mix.
  2. Press into a donut pan.
  3. Bake.
  4. Coat with chocolate glaze made of melted chocolate and coconut oil.

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What’s the difference between cake donuts and yeast donuts?

  • A cake donut is made with a sweetened dough that has a cake like texture. It is leavened with baking powder to help it rise.
  • Yeast donuts, like the ones you see at Krispy Kreme, are made with a yeast based dough. These doughnuts are chewy, light and airy and rely on the yeast to help them rise. Traditionally, both cake donuts and yeast donuts are fried in oil.

We bake the keto donuts in this recipe. If you want a fried donut recipe, try these keto glazed donuts.

Ingredient substitutions

When it comes to keto baking, we all have our preferences in keto flours and sweeteners. My favorite keto flour combination is almond flour and coconut flour or protein powder.

I use them for two reasons.

  • The first is that the combination is very similar to all-purpose flour in keto baking. Your sugar-free chocolate donuts will have a similar texture, flavor and consistency to that of a traditional old fashioned cake donut.
  • Second, these low carb, gluten-free flours are readily available. Most grocery stores now carry both almond flour, coconut flour or protein powder.

Here are some substitutions you can make if you don’t have access or are allergic to some of the ingredients in this keto chocolate donut recipe:

  • Sunflower Seed Flour – If you are allergic to nuts, you can substitute the almond flour with sunflower seed flour. Sunflowers seeds are seeds not nuts. And sunflower seed flour measures cup for cup with almond flour, so in this keto glazed donut recipe you will use 2 cups of sunflower seed flour.
  • Coconut Flour – If you don’t have the whey protein powder, you can substitute with coconut flour instead.
  • Sweeteners – My favorite sweetener is Lakanto Classic Monkfruit. It is a blend of monkfruit and erythritol and measures cup for cup with sugar. It doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste or cooling affect like plain stevia or erythritol do. However, in this keto chocolate covered donut recipe, you can use your sweetener of choice as long it as measured cup for cup like sugar
  • Yogurt – You can substitute the sour cream with some plain low carb yogurt or even ricotta cheese. Some traditional old fashion donuts are made with sour cream. It helps to add a characteristic tang and provides an acid to react to the baking powder to help the donuts rise when baking.

Equipment needed

The main tool you are to need to make them keto donuts is a donut pan. My favorite is by Wilton. It makes six donuts each and is non-stick. Although, I still spray my donut baking tray with cooking oil out of fear that they still might stick to the pan.

If you don’t have a donut baking pan and don’t want to invest in one, you can still make keto chocolate glazed donuts! Just roll your dough into a snake shape and join the ends to make a circle. You can also make keto donut holes with this recipe. Roll your dough into 1 inch balls and bake on a parchment lined baking tray.


Homer Simpson and I have something in common, we love sprinkles on our donuts. Ever since I was a kid, I always reached for the donut with sprinkles! Even though those sprinkles really have no taste, they just create the most beautiful donut.

Luckily, on the keto diet we have an option for sugar-free sprinkles! Apparently you can make them on your own too but why go through all the hassle when you can buy keto sprinkles. There are a couple of brands that I have found on the internet that make them. I have been able to find sugar-free sprinkles in the grocery store yet, but that may change as the keto diet grows in popularity.

Stoka Bar makes sugar-free sprinkles. They are sweetened with erythritol and are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan too.

Good Dee’s is another keto approved sprinkles brand. These are also sweetened with erythritol and are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan sprinkles.

Storage information

If you have some of these low carb chocolate glazed donuts leftover, which you probably will because no one can eat 10 donuts in one setting, then you can store the excess donuts in an air tight container or Ziploc bag. These keto donuts can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

You can also freeze keto donuts. However, I wouldn’t recommend frosting them before freeze. Just freeze the cake donuts. Then when you want to have donuts, unthaw them and make the chocolate glaze right before serving.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 391
Fat 34.6g
Protein 12.5g
Total Carbs 17.6g
Net Carbs 4.8g

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  1. I am wondering if these donuts could be fried or would they not hold together well enough for that?

  2. These look tempting & I am curious if you have the macros for just the donuts without the glaze? My husbands favorite donut is a plain fry cake. Thanks!

  3. I just made these. They are good but I feel they are missing some flavor.
    Should there be vanilla extract in the ingredients list?
    Maybe some more sugar as well.
    Thanks for all the great recipes.

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