Low Carb Chocolate Covered Donut Recipe
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.
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.
Keto Cake Donut Recipe
This recipe for keto chocolate glazed donuts starts with a keto cake 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 sugar-free donut a cake like consistency.
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.
Keto Donut 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. You sugar-free chocolate donuts will have a similar texture, flavor and consistency to that of a tradtional 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.
Keto Approved Chocolate
My favorite sugar-free chocolate is by ChocZero. They have a line of keto chocolate chips that come in different flavors - milk, dark, white and sometimes mint. All of their keto chocolate is sugar-free and sugar-alcohol free. Their baking chips are sweetened with monkfruit.
To give the chocolate glaze that extra shine and to thin it out a bit, I recommend adding a little bit of coconut oil to the melted chocolate. But this is completely optional. Don’t worry, it won’t affect the taste of the chocolate either. The chocolate coating won’t taste like coconuts.
To get that Homer Simpson pink glazed donut, simply add red food coloring to melted sugar-free white chocolate.
If you don’t want to use ChocZero sugar-free chocolate, you can melt down some 90% or even 100% baking chocolate. Add a splash of heavy cream and some keto sweetener of your choice to make a quick DIY keto chocoalte glaze.
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.
Keto Glazed Donut with Sprinkles
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.
Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Donut Storage
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.
Other Keto Donut Recipes to Try
If you are a fan of donuts in the morning for breakfast with your hot coffee, then you should try these other fun keto donut recipes: