Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

This post is sponsored by ViSalus. All opinions are my own.

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

You know, I was never a big fan of donuts. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d certainly eat a donut if someone placed one in front of me, but it was never my first choice.

And then I bought a donut pan. And then my brain started thinking of 101 donut recipes and, y’all, I just can’t stop.

Donuts are my life. My heart. My soul.

No wonder I need stretchier stretchy pants.

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

When a nice guy from ViSalus asked if I’d be interested in creating a recipe using their nutritional shake mix I said “only if I can use it for donuts.”

Okay, actually I just said yes, please. Then I set out to make some vitamin loaded, protein packed donuts. Because I can, that’s why.

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

The minute I opened up the bag of shake mix, I knew I was in luck. It smells just like cake mix, y’all. It’s low fat, low sodium, full of vitamins, and packed with protein. But, let’s be honest, the cake mix factor  is the best part.

I loaded my donuts up with fresh raspberries and topped them with a simple chocolate frosting. They are outta this world good. My kids gobbled them right down and I love the fact that they are full of good stuff that will keep them feeling full as well as giving them a nutritional boost.

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

Of course, they’d make a pretty delicious treat if you’re dieting and just need a day off without going too overboard. I mean, they’re donuts, but they aren’t fried! That’s a win, right, dieters? Regular protein powder should work as well if you already have some hanging around, though I haven’t tested it myself.

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipe

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting recipePrint Recipe

Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 6 donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the donuts:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup Vi-Shape Shake Mix (or protein powder)
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk (or regular milk with a 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar added)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
For the frosting:
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
2 teaspoons low fat milk

Directions:

To make the donuts:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, shake mix, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
Add the raspberries and stir. Don't worry too much about the berries breaking up as it just spreads them throughout the batter.
Fill the donut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
To make the frosting:
Add the chocolate chips and milk to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on low for 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until melted.
Spoon on top of the cooled donuts and spread evenly.
Let set for 10 minutes to thicken up.

Notes: The shake mix in this recipe can be swapped for all-purpose flour. I've tested this using all flour, 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup shake mix, and with 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of shake mix. All versions are delicious and taste very similar. The only difference I could detect were textural. The more shake mix added, the chewier the donuts get. I have not tested with more than 1/2 cup of shake mix, but if you try it, please update us as to how it works out!

This post was sponsored by ViSalus. Buns In My Oven makes no health claims regarding their product.

 

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33 Responses to “Raspberry Donuts with Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Tanya Schroeder July 1, 2013 @ 6:48 am (#
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    I love how you turn protein powder into something amazing! These donuts are my kind of protein!

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  2. Rachel Cooks July 1, 2013 @ 6:52 am (#
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    Loving the big pieces of raspberry — yum!

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  3. Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 1, 2013 @ 6:54 am (#
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    Protein and fruit? You know just how to turn a treat in to everyday breakfast must!

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  4. Cookbook Queen July 1, 2013 @ 7:01 am (#
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    I am donut’s #1 Fan. And I say with some authority that these look AMAZING.

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  5. Tieghan July 1, 2013 @ 7:06 am (#
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    I love the chocolate frosting!

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    • Karly replied: — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:56 am

      Doesn’t get much easier than that, right? :)

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  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction July 1, 2013 @ 7:53 am (#
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    Karrrrrrrrly. I love raspberries and chocolate together!! I just made a recipe for my book using the two. Seriously OBSESSED. I can’t get enough! And donuts. I haven’t made donuts in like a year! I have to change this. Protein powder – nice! I have to try that brand.

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    • Karly replied: — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:55 am

      Yes! One of my favorite flavor combos!

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  7. I posted doughnuts today too! I bet the raspberry is perfect with the chocolate. Plus, we could all use some extra vitamins in our breakfast sweets ;)

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    • Karly replied: — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:55 am

      Donut twins! :)

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  8. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 1, 2013 @ 8:05 am (#
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    Ummm…yum! I’ve heard about that shake mix….what a great way to use it!

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  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 1, 2013 @ 8:43 am (#
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    How fun! Donuts are my life too, and I could have at least 12 of these right now!

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  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 1, 2013 @ 9:40 am (#
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    Seriously awesome. When I read on their sire that it’s the “shake mix that tastes like shake mix” well that spoke to me. ;)

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  11. Annie @ Annie's Noms July 1, 2013 @ 10:19 am (#
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    Haha I used to be exactly the same with donuts! Then I got a donut pan for my birthday and a book of donut recipes and the rest is history! Love these, raspberries and chocolate just work so well together!

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  12. Marcie July 1, 2013 @ 10:28 am (#
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    Do these donuts ever look delicious! Love the fresh raspberries, and that chocolate glaze is just killing it.

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  13. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet July 1, 2013 @ 11:00 am (#
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    Definitely sounds like a win to win to me for sure!!

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  14. Wendy July 1, 2013 @ 12:29 pm (#
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    These look delicious! I love chocolate and berries. The fresh raspberries inside your doughnuts are mouthwatering! I love the idea of baking with protein powder/shake mix. I have only used it in smoothies and pancakes. Time to expand my protein powder horizons. :)

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  15. Hellloooo beautiful. These are the donuts of my dreams!

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  16. Kathy July 1, 2013 @ 7:01 pm (#
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    Yum! I think I need to get a donut pan!

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  17. Joanne July 1, 2013 @ 8:33 pm (#
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    So…these are pretty much a health food, yes? I’m all in!! And I need something to use up the rest of that HUGE bag of protein powder!

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  18. Nessa July 1, 2013 @ 8:37 pm (#
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    Doughnuts are always amaaazing! These look drool-worthy, and because they’re haelthy, I can eat the whole batch :)

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  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 1, 2013 @ 9:18 pm (#
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    These are SO gorgeous Karly!

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  20. Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 2, 2013 @ 7:24 am (#
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    Oh donuts. These look awesome Karly. Want to send a few my way?

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  21. Jen @ Savory Simple July 2, 2013 @ 7:50 am (#
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    I’ve never been a huge doughnut fan myself (probably because they’re too sweet for me in the morning) but I’m a sucker for the homemade variety. Love these!

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  22. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl July 2, 2013 @ 5:20 pm (#
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    Buying a donut pan was seriously one of the best purchases of my life. I love being able to make a “healthy” version – I’m so going to have to try adding this protein powder. That means they’re doubly healthy, right, so I can eat two?? ;-)

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    • Karly replied: — July 3rd, 2013 @ 7:28 am

      Yep, I think your math works. :) Eat 2, for sure!

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  23. Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box July 2, 2013 @ 11:46 pm (#
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    Adding fruit to donuts…what a great idea! They look so yummy!

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  24. Tahnycooks July 3, 2013 @ 6:39 am (#
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    I need to get me one of those doughnut pans! These look fantastic and so simple!

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    • Karly replied: — July 3rd, 2013 @ 7:27 am

      Dooooooo it! :)

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  25. Kate@Diethood July 3, 2013 @ 9:57 pm (#
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    I also am in love with my donut pan… it has cost me stretchier stretchy pants, as well. :-D
    Protein powder in a donut… this.is.brilliant. And there’s chocolate on top!

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  26. Jocelyn@ BruCrew Life July 10, 2013 @ 7:15 am (#
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    One of the best purchases I ever made was a donut pan! Those donuts look killer Karly! Best looking diet food ever!!!!

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  27. Wanda Matthews August 5, 2013 @ 11:44 am (#
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    If anyone would like a sample of the VI Shake mix, you can always email me at victorsgirl92@yahoo.com put Sample in the subject line with your name and mailing address and I will get you out a sample. :) Have a great day!

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  28. Jennifer Grashel August 9, 2013 @ 7:03 pm (#
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    These are amazing. I dropped the carbs even more by subbing almond flour for the regular flour, stevia for the sugar, and upping the baking powder to 1-1/4 tsp. Delicious!

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