Keto Hacks: Pronuts

I’m coining that name: pronuts. Pronuts are protein based, low carb donuts- well, donut holes I guess.


They are soft, sweet, and a little crunchy on the outside. I imagine I will blow through my first dozen in the next hour or so, which is fine because there is less than half a carb per ball, and 3g of fat (plus oil absorption).

The how-to is fairly simple. The trickiest part is forming them into balls because the dough is a little sticky, but I’m okay with less than perfect looking food.


Start by heating up a quart of oil on high. In a bowl, whisk together wet ingredients:

One egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp sour cream

2 tbsp shortening (or coconut oil would probably work too)

Then add your dry:

1 tsp baking soda

2 scoops of Quest peanut butter protein powder

Mix ingredients well and scoop into 12 ball-like shapes. Test the oil with a small amount of dough. If it crackles, you’re good to go. Safely Drop half of your dough-balls into the oil and wait for browning, then flip to brown the other side. Remove from oil with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to let the excess oil drain off. Repeat with the remaining dough.


I sprinkled pure cinnamon over mine when they were done and cooled.

(nutritional info per ball: 0.38g net carb, 2.96g fat, 4.42g protein)

I’m thinking of a sugar free cream cheese icing to top the next batch- what do you think?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna says:

    My brother introduced me to cronuts and they are divine but a no no for my diet. Is the quest peanut butter protein powder the same as the PB2 powder at the grocery store? Also I noticed there is no added sweeteners. Are these sweet? Actually I can imagine a sweet and savory version!


    1. Chandelle says:

      I believe PB2 is just powdered peanut butter, so they aren’t the same. Quest is a protein powder, and it is already sweetened, and that is why I didn’t need to add any more to the recipe 🙂


  2. Is it possible to just use an unflavored whey protein powder instead of the quest peanut butter protein powder?


    1. Chandelle says:

      I don’t see why not! Might need a little extra fat (I find baking with regular protein powder makes finished product less moist), but it should work just fine.


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