Healthy Donut Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Protein Donut & Coconut Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Showcase beer: Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling Sunday Morning Coming Down

My friends at Ranger Creek love coffee, probably almost as much as I do. Seasonal brew, Sunday Morning Coming Down has been just recently released for consumption… and I got to drink it AND cook with it.

This coffee ale was brewed in true British tradition, but the coolest part about this craft beer is the relationship between Ranger Creek and Merit Roasting. Merit Roasting is a San Antonio local provider of high-quality coffee beans.

They actually source the coffee beans to Local Coffee, one of my favorite coffee shops here in S.A. Why is Local Coffee my favorite coffee shop? Two words… homemade pop tarts! You’re welcome.

I digress, back to the beer! I assume brewing with ingredients like coffee can be tricky.

They added the cold brewed coffee after the brewing filtration process to capture the toasty, toffee, caramel notes of the coffee without the bitterness. Then they added a lactose sugar, which is a milk sugar essentially to create this crazy balanced beer just as if you had added a splash cream and sugar.

Great job, guys! Always a lot of great thought out processes behind your beers. That is what is so cool about the craft beer industry.

Coffee and donuts are a perfect fit. Chocolate and donuts is a match made in heaven. As a Dietitian it is my mission in life to make all foods fit, even donuts!

For HALF of the calories and 14g LESS fat, these donuts won’t break the bank if you’re working towards your health and nutrition goals. Especially as we head into the holidays.

  • These donuts are baked, not fried.
  • Zucchini is added for a moisture component. (Veggie at breakfast? Score!)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and unsweetened applesauce are key ingredients for sweetness.

Healthy Donut Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Protein Donut

Yields 20 donuts

  • 1/3 cup of Ranger Creek Sunday Morning Coming Down
  • 2 cups zucchini, finely grated
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    2/3 cup 7 grain and Seed Baking Flour
  • 1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 scoops Quest Multi-purpose protein powder



Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan with flour based spray.

  1. Press water out of Zucchini, discard. The liquid will be replaced by the coffee craft beer. Mix together the zucchini, sugar, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Add together the remaining ingredients, stirring until combined.
  3. Bake for about 15- 20 minutes or until toothpick check comes out clean.


Use topping of choice: I chose chocolate hummus- which is found in my H-E-B Grocery Store at the Deli. It tastes like icing but its first ingredient is chickpeas!

Nutrition Information per 1 donut: Calories 106 Carbohydrates 20g Fat 1g Protein 2g Sodium 329mg Sugar 13g


Coconut Hemp Seed Energy Bites

To accompany these boozy donuts, these energy bites are meant to round out and bump up the donuts to get you closer to a meal.

You could absolutely make these ahead of time for a grab-and-go breakfast.

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Why hemp seeds?

Per 1.5 tbsp Hemp Seeds have:

5g Protein

6g Polyunsaturated Fats (The good kind)

Electrolytes like potassium and magnesium

15% of your daily Zinc recommendation which is good news with flu season around the corner!


  • 1 cup Earnest eats Cocoa + Cashew + Pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons Milled Hemp Seeds
  • 1 cup PB2, chocolate
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes



  1. Pulse hemp seeds and oatmeal in blender under coarsely chopped.
  2. Add water to powdered peanut butter until preferred consistency.
  3. Mix until combined and roll into balls and then cover in coconut flakes.


Other options:

  • Use chia or flax seed in addition to or to replace hemp seeds.
  • Roll in mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs instead of coconut flakes.
  • Swap the chocolate peanut butter for a traditional peanut butter. *Note: if you get a premade nut butter make sure the ingredient list doesn’t have “partially hydrogenated oils” on it. That’s actually trans fat. This is currently being weeded out of our food industry but just double check to be sure!


Yields roughly 10 coconut bites

Nutrition Information per 2 bites: Calories 224 Carbohydrate 21g,  Fat 12g, Protein 10g,  Sodium 125mg, Sugar 5g

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