Keto Donuts

PrimalIt takes less time to make these donuts than it does to drive to your local donut shop, and you’re rewarded with a yummy treat made from simple, pure ingredients. Almond flour, eggs, butter and heavy cream, plus the sweetener of your choice, are the main (and pretty much only) ingredients in these Primal and keto cake donuts.

These keto donuts have a light, springy, cake-like texture. They can be eaten plain, or drizzled with dark chocolate for a really delicious treat. Admittedly, they don’t taste like the sticky-sweet glazed donut at your local donut shop. Expect these donuts to be lighter, less sweet and to not inflict any sort of sugar crash after the last bite.

Yes, a donut pan is a frivolous kitchen tool to purchase, but it’s fun to have around. Donut pans can also be used to transform your favorite muffin recipes into “donuts” or to make miniature cakes.

Servings: 8 Donuts

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes



  • 2 ½ cups finely ground almond flour (280 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (1.25 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1.25 ml)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (60 g)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (180 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (2.5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon liquid stevia (2.5 ml) (or your favorite sweetener)
  • Kitchen Tool: Silicone donut pan


combining ingredients

Heat oven to 375° F/190 ºC

Lightly butter/grease the donut pan.

Whisk together almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and stevia (or other sweetener) until smooth.

Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.

Gently fold the dry ingredients and the egg yolk mixture together.

Spoon the thick batter into the donut pan, using ¼ to 1/3 cup of batter for each donut.

Bake until the donuts are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes. Allow donuts cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing. Continue cooling the donuts on a wire rack.

Serve plain, or drizzle with melted dark chocolate and top with coconut shavings.


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  1. I dare someone to come up with a yummy version of these with no eggs and no dairy.

    Ah, allergies suck sometimes!

    1. No dairy would sure be nice. One of the reasons why I love Paleo. So hard to go Keto without dairy and eggs.

  2. Just made some low carb/primal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies today. With fewer chocolate chips they would probably qualify as keto. Made them for Mother’s Day celebration tomorrow and they are truly delicious. But I have to say that since I’ve been keto I rarely crave stuff like this. After having some (the dough was amazing!) I feel very satiated and probably won’t want sweets for a long time. Other than some 90% chocolate…I eat a few squares of that just about every day!

  3. Do you have the macros per donut? Including macros in all recipes would be very helpful. Thanks!

  4. If you want “keto donuts” then you have not made the psychological transformation necessary to sustain a ketogenic lifestyle.

    1. I was trying not to be critical, but I was thinking along these lines too.

      1. Then why are you here if not to make comments that insinuate the rest of us haven’t reached your level of hard-core keto? Why would you even be scrolling through donut recipes if that’s how you feel, other than to be critical?

      2. I get so bummed when the interwebs, I’m better than you, come out. You know these are not ment for daily, but as a once and a while treat.

    2. Well, it’s nice to have variety and they would also be helpful in certain social situations. Plus, we all have to transition at some point and recipes like this can help get many people through that huge transition.

    3. It’s nice for those of us who have kids and are doing keto. My 3, 5, and 7 year old will be excited about these. They rarely complain and understand mostly why we eat the way we do, but it’s nice to feel “normal” sometimes.

      1. Of course! I don’t have kids in the house so this didn’t occur to me – thank you 🙂

    4. Even for those of us who have not had a donut in over a decade and a half? 🙂 When I saw this post, I thought, “finally!”

    5. If you feel like you have to make that comment, you have no social circle, children, or are otherwise too high on that horse to see the rest of the world.

  5. You can fry them after baking to get more of a typical donut texture

  6. I was also wondering if anyone tried to do a dairy-free version and what the result was (egg-free would be hard to impossible, given the role this amount of eggs play in the texture/etc, but fortunately our family no longer has to be egg-free).

    Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks are a very good butter substitute. More than any other product (including others from EB). They hit it on the water content, texture, etc. Other margarine (there are many from different oils, so if you wish to, or have to, avoid certain oils, you can) or palm oil shortening would likely work too.

    The cream is a harder sub. If it were just a tablespoon or two, then coconut cream (similar to coconut milk but less water and more fat and solids) would be fine. 3/4 cup requires some experimenting.

    If I make them, I’ll report back!

  7. So, I wish I had seen this sooner. I held out at work Friday (National Donut Day) until afternoon and I broke down and ate 2. I don’t crave donuts unless they’re waved around in front of my face—and free. I agree with what I think Will Wilkin was implying, that your best strategy for approaching a Keto diet is not looking to re-create sugary treats. (I don’t think the “comment shaming” was called for) However, if it’s an occasional indulgence that help keep you from falling off the wagon, as I did, then it makes sense.

  8. Does anyone know what the macro’s are on these? Fat/Carbs/Protein?

    1. Assuming 6 donuts, the macros per donut are:

      Calories 213
      Total Fat 20.9g
      Saturated Fat 9.2g
      Total Carbohydrate 2.8g
      Dietary Fiber 1.3g
      Total Sugars 0.6g
      Protein 4.7g

  9. It is beyond me why people think that because a person still enjoys the flavor of certain foods that he/she hasn’t got what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. The point of changing the way a person eats is to be healthy AND enjoy life better. Not to be miserable. Be supportive that he/she is doing what it takes to get the food he/she craves without cheating and eating the “REAL” thing. As far as psychological change is concerned…Horse manure! There is nothing wrong with wanting the “Bad” foods as long as you realize that there are ways to prepare the foods you want and still be healthy. Please try and be more supportive and less judgmental and encourage people to still enjoy their food only in a healthier way.

  10. I didn’t try these yet, but did put them into a macro calculator. Without the chocolate and coconut shavings on top, these ended up being around 3g Net Carbs, 7g Total Carbs, 4 g Fiber, 32g Fat, 10g Protein and 345 calories.