There is a donut shop by me that serves a cookies and cream donut that is covered in Oreos. It’s amazing, but unfortunately not something I want to find room for in my macros too often.
Having Your Oreos..and Protein Too
Donuts typically have 0 protein and a boat load of fat! This is definitely a carb dense recipe, but I wanted to offset the carbs with a decent amount of protein. The obvious answer here was protein pancakes. For some reason, protein pancakes is often the answer to many of my dilemmas.
To add more protein, I started with Kodiak Power Cake Pancake Mix. Then I used a high protein milk, such as Fairlife or Carbmaster and an egg to add even more. Lastly, the “cream filling” is whipped greek yogurt..so even more.
Choosing the Right Sweetener
I used Xylosweet (xylitol) to sweeten these. I prefer it to stevia a bit because there is no sweetener after taste. In addition to the flavor, the carbs in sugar alcohols (xylitol) have very little effect on your insulin levels, meaning the net carbs are lower.
I left the full amount of carbs in the full nutrition, because I like to count sugar alcohols as part of my macronutrient intake. I used 3 teaspoons, which is 12g of sugar alcohol, 6g per serving. Track however you prefer.
If you would prefer to use Stevia or Splenda, that will work as well. You may, however, need to adjust the measurements to your taste.
When you measure out your dry ingredients, I highly recommend getting out the food scale and using weight, rather than cups or spoons. In my experience, the cups and spoons hold far more then the weight that is indicated on the nutrition panel. I based my wet ingredients on the weight of the dry ingredients, so you may find you need to add more milk if you use the cup and not the scale.
Let me know if you make these and what you thing in the comments below. Also, please tag me or use #eatwellliftwell on any of your Instafood so I can share them!