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Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts

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I feel like Homer Simpson whenever I walk past a hot donut stand. That delicious aroma gets me every single time, but I know that I will regret it if I cave in and buy one.

Enter these delectable little keto-friendly rings of heaven. Crispy on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside with that unmistakable cinnamon flavour.

And even better, you can be eating a fragrant, warm donut in about half an hour. They are sugar-free, gluten-free and baked instead of fried.

You’re welcome, Homer. Enjoy!

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Nutritional values (per donut)

Net carbs3.7 grams
Protein8.6 grams
Fat23.3 grams
Calories260 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 13%, fat 81%

Total carbs6.7 gramsFiber3 gramsSugars2 gramsSaturated fat6.6 gramsSodium287 mg(12% RDA)Magnesium71 mg(18% RDA)Potassium207 mg(10% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 donuts)

For dusting:


  1. Preheat oven to 170 °C/ 340 °F (fan assisted), or 190 °C/ 375 °F (conventional).
    Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
  2. Melt the butter on the stovetop or in the microwave. Whisk eggs and add melted butter and vanilla. Add all other ingredients and mix until well combined.
    Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
  3. Grease the donut pan really well, as these can sometimes stick. Pipe or spoon dough into donut pan.
    Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until set and golden brown.
    Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
  5. Dust with Swerve and cinnamon to finish off.
    Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
  6. Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days (if they last that long!). Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts
    For longer storage, you can freeze the donuts for up to 3 months. Healthy Low-Carb Cinnamon Donuts

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per donut)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
2.2 g5.4 g13.1 g148 kcal
Swerve, natural sweetener (Erythritol and chicory inulin based)
0.6 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Baking powder, gluten-free
0.3 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g7.7 g68 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.2 g3.1 g2.4 g36 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Nutmeg, spices
0.1 g0 g0.1 g1 kcal
Swerve, natural sweetener (Erythritol and chicory inulin based)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per donut
3.7 g8.6 g23.3 g260 kcal
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Comments (14)

These are wonderful and fool proof. Can this recipe be made chocolate by subbing some of the almond flour for cocoa?
Thank you,


Hi Anna, I think they can! I'd swap 1/2 cup of the almond flour for 1/3 cup of cacao powder (or Dutch process). That is just a guess but I think it will work. It should produce similar texture. If you don't want the chocolate to be too overpowering, try just 1/4 cup. If the dough is too runny, add 2-4 tablespoons of almond flour. I hope this helps - let me know if you try it 😊


The donuts were incredibly tasty, moist, sweet and low carb, low calories... the batch made more than 6 donuts. 😊 this is our family’s favorite sweets now!


Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed!


I'm allergic to almond flour.what would be a great alternative.we love to bake. I've tried ground flaxseed just doesn't rise as well. Adding extra coconut flour refuses more eggs, really need your suggestions.


Hi Cynthia, how about other nuts - have you tried ground walnuts or pecans? These can be substitutes 1:1 and go really well with cinnamon.
If you can't eat nuts then I can suggest a few options but I haven't tried using them in this recipe:
- sesame flour (I'd start with 1 cup, it's more absorbent, you may need 1 more egg)
- coconut flour (1/3 to 1/2 cup, it's the most absorbent of all, you'll need 1-2 more eggs)
- flax meal (I'd only substitute it it partially because of the strong flavour, no more than 1/3 cup)
- possibly ground sunflower seeds (I'd use same amount as almond flour)
I hope this helps!


Hi.. just wondering where the 3,7net carbs come from? Almond flour, 1/4 Cup is 9 Carbs, 3 Fiber, so it is 6 net carbs per donut from that...or does baking it change it or how it is calculated?
oh...and these are soooo delicious..


Thank you co much! It depends on what you use to calculate the nutrition facts but the biggest contribution is from the almond flour. 1.5 cups actually contains 13.2 g net carbs, same as blanched almonds (not 6 g per 1/4 cup) - that's great! 😊 Keep in mind that most apps and websites use crowdsourced data and they do very little to prevent errors - maybe that is why you get different results. Here's more about the database we are using: Barcode Scanning and Food Database in the KetoDiet App


I made these today, and I'm in love!  I greased my donut pan with coconut oil and had no problems with sticking.  They were delicious and perfect!  thank you!


Thank you Jennifer, I'm glad you enjoyed!


Martina, thank you! These are *amazing*! Just what I wanted today. They are just delicious. I slathered with butter, right out of the oven. It will be a challenge not to eat them all today! 😊


Thank you so much, Jen!


Amazing! My favourite ‘sweet’ treat!


Thank you Kate, I'm happy you enjoyed!