• Ariel Warren, RDN, CDCES

Low Carb Baked Chocolate Frosted Cake Donuts

Chocolate + Donut = Pure Happiness. Especially when the chocolate frosted donut is filled with antioxidants (you'll see), and is about 4 net grams per donut. Oh, and super filling and guilt-free.

I can't WAIT to bake these again. Probably one of my favorite parts about this low carb dessert recipe is that it only took about 30 min, start to finish.

Okay, well maybe it took me 40 min, but that's only because I couldn't stop *taste testing* the frosting...I mean, flat out eating mini spoonfuls of frosting as I was making it. You can't judge until you have made this recipe. :D Just try to make that chocolate frosting without having a spoonful. It's impossible!

CONFESSION. Okay. I have been CRAVING chocolate frosting lately, which is really really weird for me. So much so, I have to make a confession. I am not proud, especially being a Registered Dietitian, but I was craving chocolate frosting so much, I actually bought sugar-free frosting from the store.

I will say, I had only one single tiny tiny tip of a teaspoon, and it tasted so nasty and artificial, I actually spit it out and washed it down the sink. I rarely buy anything heavily processed, but I believe in a bit of moderation. Sugar-free frosting however will never find itself at my house again. Lesson learned.

TAKEAWAY: Sugar-free frosting from the store is basically mold-able plastic mixed with unhealthy artificial sweeteners. Yuck!

But I still needed chocolate, SO I decided this weekend was the weekend I was going to bake chocolate frosted baked donuts, low carb style. First, I scavenge the website for the top 3 low carb donut recipes as references. Next, I had to get my creative juices flowing to make this recipe with my own pizzazz, AKA add super foods and my own twist. Mission accomplished.

Low Carb Chocolate Frosted Donuts. Check.

The ingredient that gets special praise...

1. Cacao Powder

Cacao Powder is the healthier version of commonly used ingredients cocoa powder, but the cacao version actually contains powerful antioxidnats and flavonals

Cacao Vs. Cocoa Powder.

First off the difference between Cacao and Cocoa Powder is that widely-used Cocoa Powder goes through an alkaline process which strips a significant amount of antioxidant and flavonal properties (1). The best way to describe this process is that to get Cocoa from Cacao, the Cacao Fruit Seeds are mechanically pressed so that most of the cocoa butter is removed from the chocolate liquor thus creating an extract of the cacao fruits' seeds (1). AKA: stripping the cacao from many powerful antioxidants and flavonals such as calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and maganese (to name a few) (2).

Benefits of Cacao Powder.

To name a few:

  • Decreases anemia by increase blood supply and helps transport oxygen around the body (2).

  • Decrease heart-related disease by increasing HDL, lowering blood pressure, and improving vascular function in people with congestive heart failure (2).

  • Elevates mood and supports energy (which may be why people LOVE chocolate, especially women during their cycles) (2).

Those are just a FEW benefits, but is enough reason that I don't even have Cocoa powder in my house, only Cacao. Yes, it Cacao Powder may cost a little more, but the pros greatly outweigh the cons, so why not greatly increase the antioxidant level for my family whenever they want a little taste of chocolate?? It's a no-brainer for me.

Tips When Replacing Cacao for Cocoa.

I will say, Cacao is quite a bit more bitter than regular Cocoa Powder, especially because it doesn't contain all that extra potentially cancerous sugar. If you do add Cacao to your diet, start with a 1/2 tsp and increase at a speed that works for you.

If you want to know what Cacao Powder I personally use, click here or on the picture below.

I am not affiliated with Viva Naturals, I just think they have a great quality and price when it comes to Cacao Powder.

Okay, enough talk, let's get to the Low Carb Chocolate Frosted Cake Donut recipe.


Yield: 12 Frosted Donuts (muffin size)

Serving: 1 Frosted Donut (muffin size)

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 30 min



  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps Coconut Flour

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

  • 1/4 cup Stevia Granular Sugar

  • 1 tbsp Erythritol Confectioners Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Iodized Salt

  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

  • 6 Large Eggs

  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsps Melted Coconut Oil

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or any non-dairy milk)

  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract​


  • 1/4 cup Butter, Softened

  • 4 tbsps Cacao Powder

  • 1/3 cup Stevia Granular Sugar

  • 2 tbsps Erythritol Confectioners Powder

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or any non-dairy milk)

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 tsp Iodized Salt

Modified from LowCarbYum



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Mix dry ingredients: coconut flour, coconut flakes, stevia, erythritol, salt, baking soda.

3. In a separate bowl, blend together wet ingredient: eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract.

4. Combine the dry and wet ingredient. Beat well.

5. Fill donut molds* about 2/3 full with batter.

6. Bake for 20 min or until when toothpick comes out clean.

*NOTE: If you do NOT have a donut mold, you can use icing tips for the centers, or just use a normal muffin tin and cut out the centers.

Chocolate Frosting:

1. Beat/whisk butter, cacao, erythritol and stevia.

2. Add Almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat until well blended.

3. Use about 1 tbsp per donut to spread liberally

4. *Optional* sprinkle cacao nibs (or sugar free chocolate chips) and a little sprinkle of Erythritol powder.

Nutrition facts:

Per Serving. Total Calories: 164. Total Fat: 15g (Saturated: 10g, Monounsaturated: 2g, Polyunsaturated: 1g, Trans: 0g). Cholesterol: 103mg. Sodium: 233mg. Potassium: 45mg. Total Carbohydrates: 12g (Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 1g). Protein: 4g.

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As always, if you are having trouble with your diabetes and/or weight loss, email me or visit my website so we can figure out a customized game plan based entirely on you. I'm 100% here for you and understand all your frustrations because I am a T1D and a Registered Dietitian.

When we talk, I will look in detail at what, when, and the amount you are eating, along with what you are doing for exercise (or not doing, we'll be honest with each other). Together we will analyze your blood sugar (use your Dexcom Clarity reports if you have a Dexcom) and together we will decipher why you are getting your frustrating highs and lows. After a single session, you will have answers and a much better clarity of why your blood sugars react they way they do to your food, exercise, and lifestyle.

After talking, we will stay in touch, and you will have direct access to me for any questions. I deeply care about each and everyone of my clients.

If you just have a general question, send me an email and I will get back to you ASAP.


Your friend & Dietitian,

Ariel Warren, RD, CD, T1D

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Works Cited.

(1) Crozier, Stephen J et al. “Cacao Seeds Are a ‘Super Fruit’: A Comparative Analysis of Various Fruit Powders and Products.” Chemistry Central Journal 5 (2011): 5. PMC. Web. 30 Apr. 2018.

(2) Menato, Francesca. “Cacao Powder Benefits | Why It's Better Than Chocolate.” Women's Health UK, Hearst- Rodale UK Limited, 29 Mar. 2018, www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/weight-loss/healthy-eating/2736/health-benefits-of-raw-cacao-over-chocolate/.

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