Keto Chocolate Donuts Recipe

This content originally appeared on Low Carb Yum. Republished with permission.

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.

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!

Low-Carb Flour

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!

Keto Chocolate

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.

Sugar-Free Sweetener

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.

Quick Tips:

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.

es, 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.


Keto Chocolate Donuts

These rich keto chocolate donuts only have 3g net carbs in each one! Enjoy a low-carb chocolate donut for breakfast for a quick sweet snack in the afternoon.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword diabetic, Gluten-Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 213kcal


1 cup almond flour¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder3 tbsp powdered monkfruit sweetener¼ tsp xanthan gum1 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda¼ cup heavy whipping cream2 large eggs1 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp unsalted butter melted¾ cup ChocZero milk chocolate baking chips divided1 tbsp coconut oilketo 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.


The powdered sweetener used in the donut batter is 2x the sweetness of sugar. If desired, about ⅓ cup of Swerve or equivalent can be used in place of the 3 tablespoons monkfruit powdered sweetener.
For a change of glaze, use dark chocolate or white chocolate chips in place of the milk chocolate ones.
The ¼ cup milk chocolate chips can be omitted from the donut batter but they enhance the chocolate flavor.
Leftovers should be placed in an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days, refrigerated up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 5 months.


Sodium: 169mg | Calcium: 82mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 256IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 130mg | Cholesterol: 60mg | Calories: 213kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 9g | Iron: 2mg

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.


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