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Keto Red Velvet Donuts

These keto red velvet donuts are, moist, spongy baked donuts that feature the classic red velvet flavor minus all the carbs!

Made with a combination of almond and coconut flour these are also gluten-free red velvet donuts. If that’s not enough they are topped with cream cheese icing and then sprinkled with donut crumbs for a winning recipe.

As far as festive recipes go, no one can deny that a red velvet recipe is at the top of the list.  These healthy red velvet donuts are perfect for the holidays like  Valentine’s Day and Christmas or any time you want to make a treat extra cheery.

I have several red velvet keto-friendly recipes on the site including a keto red velvet ice cream cake, red velvet cheesecake brownies, and even red velvet cookies

However, this is the first time I have made a keto-friendly red velvet donut recipe.


Keto Red Velvet Donuts

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What Is The Actual Flavor Of Red Velvet?

Traditional red velvet is made with a combination of cocoa powder, vinegar, and buttermilk.

When all these ingredients come together you get a chemical reaction that gives it its classic deep reddish maroon color. The red color is also often enhanced by some red food coloring.

As far as flavor goes, the actual flavor of red velvet is that of mild chocolate since it uses some cocoa powder but not the same amount as you would in a typical chocolate cake.
Although red food coloring is commonly added, the food coloring doesn’t add any form of flavor.

How To Make Keto Red Velvet Baked Donuts


keto red velvet donuts baked in a pink donut mold
                                                      Keto red velvet donuts baked in a pink donut mold

You’ll note that the recipe uses a little vinegar and it’s an important flavor factor in red velvet recipes, it’s what gives it a little tang.

The vinegar flavor is mild but helps balance out the sweetness in the red velvet donut recipe. So don’t skip adding this ingredient.

In the case of these donuts, I did not use buttermilk but the acidity of the vinegar combined with the heavy cream mimics the flavor perfectly without adding extra carbs.

Plus, adding cream cheese icing gives the recipe the classic flavor we have come to enjoy in red velvet.

What You’ll Need

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Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post.

Red Velvet Donuts

Cream Cheese Icing

Tools You’ll Need:

Sugar-Substitute Options

As far as the best sweeteners for these sugar-free red velvet donuts, I recommend the use of Lakanto’s granulated sugar substitute it’s their erythritol and monk fruit sweetener that is as close to sugar as it gets.

Having said that, you can also use the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.

You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure if you prefer to use a stevia-based sweetener. I will however add that we are not sure why but chocolate and stevia do not always place nice and can intensify the aftertaste of stevia.

It’s not my preference to ever use stevia in chocolate recipes for this reason. Due note, that if this is your pick make sure you reduce the amount called for in the recipe by half since it’s a much sweeter option.

If you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with good success. I know not everyone would agree with me here and I respect that but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar. 

This recipe uses a powdered sugar substitute for cream cheese icing. It must be a confectioner’s sugar substitute sweetener and it’s why I defer to the only two I use regularly.

My favorite brands are Lankanto’s monk fruit blend or Swerve that is another erythritol blend. 

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Keto Red Velvet Donuts

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Cooling Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

These keto red velvet donuts are, moist, spongy baked donuts that feature the classic red velvet flavor minus all the carbs. It's topped with a cream cheese icing and a sprinkling of crumbled donut that makes it a delicious keto treat!


Keto Red Velvet Donuts

Keto Cream Cheese Frosting


Keto Red Velvet Donuts

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease well two 6 cavity donut pans.
  3. Boil one cup of water and set aside.
  4. Melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine the measured and sifted almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, salt. 
  6. Combine the dry ingredients until well mixed. 
  7. To the dry ingredients add the heavy whipping cream, boiling water, melted butter, vanilla extract, white vinegar
  8. Next, add the 3 eggs one at a time using an electric mixer until fully incorporated. 
  9. Pipe the batter into the two prepared donut pans using a piping bag or a large zip lock bag that the corner has been snipped off of and then piped the batter into the donut pan cavities. 
  10. Lightly tap the batter into the donut pans using your fingers or the back of a teaspoon.
  11. Note that you will be filling the donut pans to the rim because these donuts do not rise much.
  12. Bake donuts for minutes for 25-30 minutes until donuts are fully cooked and you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  13. Allow the donuts to fully cool at room temperature before taking them out of the mold.
  14. Once the donuts are removed from the donut mold, place them on a baking rack to fully cool before dipping them in the cream cheese icing.
  15. Optional: reserve 1/2 a donut to crumble a couple of tablespoons of the donut onto the surface of the donuts as decoration.

Keto Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Melt the butter and in a medium-sized bowl combine the butter, coconut oil, and softened cream cheese. Combine well with an electric mixer. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the confectioner's sugar substitute, salt and mix well. Set aside.
  3. To the dry ingredients add the melted butter, coconut oil, cream cheese mixture, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to combine well.
  4. Next and add the hot water. Start by using half and add rest a tablespoon at a time if the consistency is too thick.
  5. Quickly dip the donuts into the icing and set them on a baking rack to dry. If adding red velvet crumbs do so now before the donut icing sets.
  6. Store Your Donuts
    Once the donuts icing has set, store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days. You can place the donuts on top of each other since the icing hardens. You can also freeze your donuts by placing them in a freezer-proof container for up to 3 weeks.
    Allow your donuts to come to room temperature for the best flavor.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14.1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 11.5gNet Carbohydrates: 5.6gFiber: 5.9gSugar: 1.7gProtein: 8.2g

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