Low Carb Donut Holes

These low carb donut holes have just 1.7 net carbs for the whole recipe! The texture is soft and tender inside with a firm outside — just like conventional donuts.

Donut Holes
If you miss having donuts as much as I do you’ll love this quick recipe for induction friendly, low carb donut holes! 

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Low Carb Donut Holes with Just 1/7 net carbs per serving

Maple-y sweet donut holes recipe, just 1.7 net carbs per serving. These are easy to make, tender, and will definitely put an end to any donut craving you may have going on.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 donut holes (1 serving)
Calories 25kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 1/2 cup pork rinds 1/3 cup after grinding
  • 1 tablespoon almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons xylitol or equivalent carb-free sweetener
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • Oil for frying I use peanut oil because it works best...use vegetable if you have allergy worries


  • Heat oil to 360F
  • Grind the pork rinds and almonds in a blender until they look like crumbs.
  • Add the xlitol and baking powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Blend in egg and flavorings.
  • Drop by Tablespoonful into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Shake xylitol, or xylitol and cinnamon mixture over the top.
  • Eat immediately.


The grams of fat is approximate since I can't exactly figure the extra fat/calories from frying. These are low carb but remember...calories do count. These are a treat, not meant to be an everyday occurrence.


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

This recipe for low carb maple donut holes is super easy to make. All of the mixing is done right in your blender. You can make them on top of the stove but I do suggest a deep fryerimage (note: this is an affiliate link to the fryer I use. I love mine). An electric deep fryer keeps the temperature more level and it does make a difference. It takes longer to heat the oil than it does to fry up your breakfast treat!

Low Carb Donut Holes With Sugar

A quick word about oil. I use peanut oil because I really do think it works best for frying. If there are concerns about food allergies then use your favorite light vegetable oil. Keep the oil clean and fresh. If you fry a lot change it often. If you don’t fry a lot check the oil before you fry to make sure it’s not rancid. A quick dip with your finger into the cool oil, taste, and determine if you need to change it or not. Remember, your fried food will taste like the oil it is fried in. Rancid oil will make these taste terrible.

Do not linger over these. Do not freeze them. Do not try to keep them for later. Think of it as manna. As they start to cool down the texture will change. Eat them while they are hot and make more another time. After all, the recipe is easy.

Low Carb Donuts Process

How is your low carb lifestyle going? I did straight protein shakes for two weeks because I am in the midst of my doctor adjusting me to new thyroid meds and my metabolism is uber sluggish right now. I lost two pounds, sigh, but at least that’s two pounds gone, right?

Leave me  comment and let me know…. what’s your favorite low carb breakfast?


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Last Updated 12/31/2020

41 Responses to “Low Carb Donut Holes”

  1. I made these tonight and they are wonderful! They hit the spot and knocked out my carb craving.

    Thank you!

    • yeah. wow! delicious. thanks so much. i put cinnamon on them.

    • Glad you liked them!

  2. What kind of maple do I use?

    • Maple flavoring. It should be right by the vanilla extract in the baking aisle… or you can click on the link on the recipe and get it from Amazon – I get a small commission if you do that. 🙂

  3. how much is 1.4 tsp of baking powder?

    • Sorry it should say 1/4. 🙂

  4. Is there any way to make this vegetarian? I.e. without the pork rinds? Looks delish!!

    • try ground almonds. 🙂

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  6. Could I use maybe a cinnamon extract in place of the maple flavoring? I hate maple. They look so yummy and would really like to try them. Thank you.

    • Yep you sure could!

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  8. Where are you getting such low calorie pork rinds? I tried to input this to My Fitness Pal and the entire plate is 910 calories. Thanks!

    • that is wrong. 1/2 cup of pork rinds, which is roughly 14 grams, has just 80 calories. try a couple of other nutrition calculators. That one is screwed up!

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  11. Is there anyway I could bake these? I tend not to like frying things.

    • You could try… I don’t know, I’ve never tried. i think the texture would be off.

  12. I am allergic to almonds (nuts in general), is there an alternative or could you make without?

    • Sorry April I don’t know of one.

    • Try it with golden flaxseed. I’m betting it will be just as good as the ground almonds

    • Oh I bet it would!

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  14. Is that 1 tbsp of almond flour? meal? Or literally almonds that get ground up in the blender?

    • I grind almonds up but you can use almond flour/meal if you like.

  15. I just made a tweaked version of these. Thanks, I lost my old recipe and needed this today.

    • I am so glad!

  16. My husband thanks you. These once a month are going to be a real delight for him.

    • 🙂 SO glad he likes them!!!

  17. I made these using flax seed and added a little creme brûlée sf syrup to them since I didn’t have maple extract. I also made a thin cream cheese icing. Very good and I think they actually inspired an idea for hush puppies!

    • Oh that would be awesome! let me know

    • Oh WOW!.. Hush Puppies?! What a great idea!!
      I hope someone can figure a recipe out.

    • 🙂

  18. Why is everyone worrying about calories on a LCHF diet? I dont consider any of that as long as the carb count is low? I have lost 25 pounds in 3 months and eat 3 to 5 low carb sweets daily. I just had blood work and all levels were the best ever.

    • Well, for some people calories count more than others. With my thyroid condition I have to eat low carb and make sure my calories stay under a certain number as well.

  19. I dont see full nutrition information for these. Is it available?

    • I’ve added it – it was apparently lost during an update. 🙂

  20. If using almond flour/meal would it still be only 1 tablespoon?

    • I think so. You might have to experiment a little.

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