These rich keto chocolate donuts only have 3g net carbs in each one! Enjoy a low-carb chocolate donut for breakfast or a quick sweet snack in the afternoon.
This post is sponsored by ChocZero.
Even the super dedicated keto dieters crave things like chocolate donuts, and who can blame them? There is something so pleasurable about biting into a chocolate cake donut with sprinkles!
For me, it reminds me of my childhood.
Did you ever go to a donut shop and pick out your favorite kind of donut? I sure did! My favorite one has always been chocolate cake donuts.
I really don't want to give up donuts just because I changed my eating habits. I knew there had to be a way to use keto-friendly ingredients to create donuts that taste just like the sugary versions.
After I finally was able to nail down my recipe for pancake mix donuts, I'm thrilled to tell you that I was able to come up with a chocolate donut recipe!
Each of these chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze only has 3g net carbs each.
You might want to make a double batch because, as soon as anyone in your house smells them baking in the oven, you'll be asked to share!
Ingredients Needed For Keto Chocolate Donuts
I basically used low-carb swaps and they turned out perfect. All of the ingredients that I used are really easy to find. In fact, you probably already have them in your refrigerator or pantry!
For these chocolate donuts, I used almond flour. Do not try to substitute coconut flour for it. If you do, it will turn out extra dry and crumbly.
For the almond flour, make sure you use almond flour, not almond meal. They are kept next to each other in the grocery store, but almond meal isn't ground up as fine and it grinds up the almond skins with it.
Almond flour has an extra-fine texture that is perfect for baked goods like these donuts.
When you bake with almond flour, always use xanthan gum with it. It acts like glue, keeping all the ingredients together.
Find out more info about all of the different types of low-carb flours in this helpful guide!
To make the chocolate donuts, you'll use unsweetened cocoa powder.
For the glaze, I melted some ChocZero milk chocolate baking chips with some coconut oil. Then, just dip the donuts into the melted chocolate. It's the perfect glaze!
Even though they are optional, I definitely recommend adding some keto chocolate sprinkles on top! Not only are they pretty, but they taste amazing too.
For the best texture, use a powdered sweetener. My favorite one is the Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener. It dissolves easily with almond flour and isn't overly sweet.
Heavy Whipping Cream
Make sure to use full-fat heavy cream; your body needs the fat to keep it in ketosis and fat-burning mode.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low carb recipe.
- Be creative with flavors. Mix in your favorite low-carb ingredients or use a sugar-free caramel drizzle.
- Use granulated sweetener. About ⅓ cup of Swerve or equivalent can be used in place of the 3 tablespoons monk fruit powdered sweetener.
- Make a different glaze. For a change of glaze, use dark chocolate or white chocolate chips in place of the milk chocolate ones.
- Leave out the milk chocolate chips. The ¼ cup milk chocolate chips can be omitted from the donut batter, but they enhance the chocolate flavor.
How To Make Keto Chocolate Donuts At Home
Skip on down to the recipe card to read the entire recipe. But first, I have a few photos and tips to share.
Mix The Ingredients Together
This is such an easy recipe. You literally just mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl - everything except the chocolate chips.
Beat it all together really well so that it is combined completely.
Fold In The Chocolate Chips
The last step before you bake is to fold in the chocolate chips. That means you very gently mix the chocolate chips into the batter. If you mix it together too much, the chocolate chips could melt a bit, so don't over mix.
Then, just fill the donut pan with the batter and bake them! I recommend using a piping bag to squeeze the batter into each mold.
Glaze The Donuts
After the donuts are completely cooled off, make your chocolate glaze!
I melted the chocolate chips with some coconut oil. Then, just dipped the donuts into the chocolate glaze.
I recommend setting them on a cooling rack and let the glaze harden as it cools. If you want to add sprinkles, make sure to sprinkle them on as soon as you add the chocolate glaze. If you want to add the sprinkles after the glaze has hardened, they won't stick to the donut.
What To Serve With Keto Donuts
You could honestly enjoy them for breakfast. They taste amazing with a cup of hot bulletproof coffee or a mug full of sugar-free hot chocolate.
If you want something savory to eat with these sweet donuts, eat them with a bit of sausage, egg, and cheese casserole. You will have a very filling breakfast!
Frequently Asked Questions About Keto Cake Donuts
Here are some questions people often ask about low-carb baked donuts.
Is the chocolate glaze optional?
Yes, the chocolate glaze is optional. You can leave this step out and just eat the donuts without a glaze. Or, you can use a completely different type of glaze.
Melt some sugar-free white chocolate chips for a white chocolate glaze or dust the donuts with some powdered sweetener instead of a glaze.
How do you store low-carb donuts?
Just like with traditional donuts, you should store low-carb donuts in an airtight container at room temperature. The donuts will last about 5 days.
You can also put them in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. To keep longer, just freeze and place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 5 months.
Can I use this recipe to make keto chocolate donut holes?
Yes, you can easily make donut holes too!
To make donut holes, just roll the batter into balls and then bake them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. You will know they are done baking when a toothpick comes out clean.
Which Brand Of Chocolate Chips Are The Best?
I'm pretty picky when it comes to sugar-free chocolate chips. I want-sugar-free and carb-free but they still need to taste yummy.
My favorite brand of chocolate chips is from ChocZero! They have so many options when it comes to chocolate for baked goods. I highly recommend them.
Yes, you can indulge in chocolate donuts even when you are on a low-carb diet. These donuts are a great alternative to double chocolate muffins.
No one will know they are sugar-free and gluten-free. They taste just like the donuts that you remember... just without all the carbs!
More Low-Carb Chocolate Recipes
If you enjoyed these keto chocolate donuts, then you will love these low-carb desserts too! They are rich and satisfying.
- Dark Chocolate Keto Fudge is incredibly rich and goey with the perfect texture.
- Keto Molten Lava Cake has a fudgy filling that pours out when you take your first bite.
- Chocolate Keto Frosty Shake is packed with filling milkshake ingredients but without the extra sugars.
- Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cookies don't even taste like they are packed with high-fiber zucchini, but they are!
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Fat Bombs taste just like a peanut butter cup and keep you full until your next meal.
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Keto Chocolate Donuts
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ¾ cup ChocZero milk chocolate baking chips divided
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- keto chocolate sprinkles optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together the almond flour, cocoa powder, sugar substitute, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, heavy whipping cream, eggs, vanilla and butter until well combined. Fold in ¼ cup chocolate chips.
- Fill the sections of a well greased donut baking pan evenly with the batter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Let the donuts cool.
- Add remaining ½ cup baking chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted and combined.
- Dip the top of each donut into the melted chocolate, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the freezer for several minutes to set before serving.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 213 [carbohydrates] => 9 [protein] => 6 [fat] => 19 [saturated_fat] => 8 [trans_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 60 [sodium] => 169 [potassium] => 130 [fiber] => 6 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 256 [vitamin_c] => 1 [calcium] => 82 [iron] => 2 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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These are absolutely delicious! Wouldn’t even know these are Keto! Easy to make, but my 1 recommendation…let the glaze harden! I didn’t with the first 1, couldn’t wait, but I did with the rest and I felt you could actually taste the glaze after it was hard. The donut is soft and so delicious!! Thank you!!
Hi. Can I make these using Carbquik?
There would likely be some minor changes needed but you can give it a try.
What can I substitute for xanthan gum?
You should be able to leave it out. However, it's added to prevent crumbling.
Wondering if I can sub the butter and heavy cream for coconut cream and coconut oil. 🤔
Maria T Orman
I just baked these donuts and I went to my neighbors' homes for them to try and OMG they were a hit!!! I live in a health conscious community and they love Keto and Low carb stuff. They are now trying to order these from me and I think I might as well do just that! Thank you soooooo much for the great recipe!
These are so delicious!! I’ve made two batches and they do not taste healthy or diet at all. Thank you so much. I wish I could post a picture of mine.
Thanks so very much for sharing. I appreciate all the work entailed in the trial and error it takes to perfect and present yours recipes.
This recipe makes you not miss “real” donuts. They have very similar texture as a regular cake donut but not a lot of flavor.
You can add in a little salt or use salted butter. I've found that enhances the flavor of the chocolate. You can also adjust the sweetness if needed.
I think 1 teaspoon of baking soda was too much. Plus if it's not sifted enough it will taste soapy and bitter which unfortunately happened to me. Have you tried using 1/2 teaspoon instead? Otherwise love the donuts!
I didn't have that issue but you could try half as much.
Could I substitute liquid monk fruit drops instead of the powder? It would only be a few drops to equal the small amount you use. I think 3-4 drops equals 2 tsp so that’s only like 12 drops so maybe 1/2 tsp of extra liquid. Would that hurt it?
You can use liquid drops instead. I do have a sweetener conversion calculator if you need to check the amount.
My husband has been dying for donuts since we started keto over 2 years ago. This recipe looked easy and since chocolate is his favorite, I decided to try them. We love them! I don't really notice the almond flour texture, and the flavor is quite good. I might try these as muffins sometime too.
I did substitute a different low carb sweetener as I don't have the monk fruit mentioned. On my second batch I skipped the chips and we still loved them. I also topped them with homemade peanut butter instead of the chocolate glaze.
The peanut butter topping sounds delicious. I may try melting ChocZero peanut butter chips for a glaze next time.
Decided to try these out and make them for the family, they don't normally enjoy my keto snacks but they loved these! I made a few small tweaks but a great recipe all around! I started keto a few months ago and I'll definitely be making these again soon! 🙂 I look forward to getting more awesome recipes here!
My daughter needs nut-free food. Can I substitute sunflower flour for the almond flour?
I've had pretty good success subbing almond flour with sunflower seed flour so it should be okay in this recipe.
These donuts are so decadent! My family love chocolate everything, I can't wait to make them.
Thank you so much for this recipe! I've been concerned that my 14 year old started to get doughnuts.. knowing I am so health- conscious mum.!! I just baked it and my daughter said that it tasted like a normal cake! I used dark choco and added organic frozen raspberries and blueberries on top of them!
Thanks for sharing! Love the addition of fruit on top!
Welll, daaaaannnng, these are amazing! Was so excited to make donughts for weekend brunch!
Thank you for giving me the excuse of eating chocolate for breakfast lol. These look so good!
Can you bake these in muffin forms instead of donut forms to save on having too many pans? If yes, then how would process/cooking time change? Thanks
It's a quick bread so muffins should work too. You'd just need to bake them longer for standard size muffins. You can also make mini muffins if you have that size pan.
I just made these delicious donuts this morning! What a hit with my family! I did mess up one little detail by dumping 3/4 cup of chips instead of 1/4 cup into the batter but it was a delicious mistake! Who doesn’t mind more chocolate chips anyway? This recipe will definitely go on repeat for sure! Thank you, Lisa for sharing your wonderful recipes. It sure makes my keto journey enjoyable.
Yay! So glad the donuts were a hit!
Just the perfect donut texture and so addicting!