Cereal with Donuts

I’ll admit I’m not much of a cereal person. Never have, probably never will be, *gasp* for those die hard cereal lovers. Now, I’m staring at the family size box of Fruity Pebbles Cereal I purchased and wondering what to do with it all?! This recipe only calls for ½ cup total of a fruity cereal. But my love for fruity cereal protein by Core Nutritionals is way more than I thought it would be. I was usually a standard chocolate or vanilla protein person but when Core Nutritionals created their new gourmet PRO flavors, this fruity cereal one surprised me! It’s so good, lightly sweet, creamy and easy to drink. It bakes really well too!

Donuts are one of those treats that are just oh so good, filling, full of sugar and carbs and usually covered with a glaze, frosting or sprinkles for good measure. It is one dessert that is hard to make it taste like the original. Plus, most donuts are fried and almost all ‘healthier’ donuts are baked. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good donut, but I don’t love how I feel after I eat one, nor the amount of sugar and carbs they contain.

If you don’t have donut pans, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase, I have a set from Wilton and pretty sure I purchased from Amazon. Make sure you use a non-stick cooking spray so they pop right now. When I am baking, I love to use a ‘flour’ flavor spray by Pam vs olive oil spray.

Lastly, be careful when baking your protein donuts as each minute is valuable and possibly one step towards overcooked dry donuts. Take them out of the oven right on time and let them cool in the pan which they will continue baking for another minute so they come out perfectly done, lightly brown but not over cooked. Like most healthy baked treats, they are best consumed with 1-2 days, which is why most of my recipes are small batch recipes. Healthy recipes do not have stabilizers and chemical agents to keep them in their tasting good and hold their shape for days on end. So, make your treat and eat is quick, which is usually not a problem in our household!


½ T. (7g) coconut oil
½ cup (123g) unsweetened applesauce
1 whole egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 T. (12g) swerve no calorie sweetener
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 scoop (32g) Core Nutritionals PRO Fruity Cereal protein
¼ cup (26.5g) Kodiak Cakes buttermilk flapjack mix
¼ cup (23g) paleo flour
1 T. unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup (9g) fruity pebbles

100g nonfat vanilla geek yogurt
25g Core Nutritionals PRO vanilla cupcake
¼ cup (9g) fruity pebbles cereal

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil. Add applesauce and whisk to incorporate. Add whole egg, vanilla extract and sweetener. Whisk in dry ingredients: baking soda, salt, protein powder, flapjack mix, paleo flour and 1 T. almond milk. Stir gently for 10 seconds. Fold in fruity pebbles cereal.

Lightly spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using a spoon scoop out and evenly distribute 50g batter into each tin. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to spread out the batter if needed. Bake for 8 minutes exactly. Carefully using a knife to loosen the edges and place on a cooling rack.

While donuts are baking, prepare frosting. In a small bowl, combine greek yogurt and protein powder. (You can use PRO fruity cereal protein powder or another flavor if desired). Refrigerate frosting until you are ready to use. Once donuts are cooled, top with 20g frosting on each donut. Top with 1.5g fruity pebbles cereal on each donut as a garnish. Store remaining donuts in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • I use the Mott’s unsweetened applesauce cups in the proportioned packages, they are perfect for baking
  • Swerve granulated sugar is a 0 calorie sweetener and bakes well
  • Egg at room temp is always recommended for baking
  • You can use whatever liquid for the batter you would like, however it will change the nutrition facts slightly
  • My preferred brands for vanilla greek yogurt are: Okios vanilla triple zero greek yogurt (sweeter and creamy) or Chobani  nonfat vanilla (slightly tangier)
  • If you do not have Core Nutritionals PRO fruity cereal flavor, you can substitute another flavor or brand, however since brands have various scoop sizes and properties, it may change the way this recipe bakes up and will change the nutrition facts
  • The nutrition facts account for the frosting and fruity cereal garnish

Serving Size: 1 donut – 124 calories, 11.8g Protein, 11.5g Carbohydrates, 3.5g Fat

Recipe makes 6 donuts

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Fruity Cereal Protein Donuts
Fruity Cereal Protein Donuts
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