The Healthiest Donut Holes | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Sep. 19. 2017

No Bake Chocolate Donut Holes

Sep. 19. 2017
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

No baking required to make these chocolate donut holes!

When I first shared the healthy donut holes some of you emailed and told us about your chocolate variation! The original donut holes are pictured above, so here’s the chocolate recipe variation to the original healthy donut holes recipe including cacao nibs and orange zest for a little extra flair (and totally optional).
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xx McKel

Ingredients I used to make these: chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut butter, maple syrup, sea salt, and these airtight glass containers to store them for later.

  1. Healthy fats: coconut oil, nuts, seeds, oh my! Fats keep you feeling full all morning long.
  2. Fiber: keep your energy and blood sugars balanced in the morning and throughout the day (especially if you have these for a sweet treat later in the day!)
  3. Optimizer Option: add in a scoop of plant-based protein powder for a boost of protein (even though this already contains a fair amount, you can give it a boost, I’d go with a chocolate based or neutral). If you go this route, add extra coconut oil or maple syrup to thin it out and get your desired texture.


The Recipe

Serves 12-16



For the donut dough:

1 cup raw cashews

2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

10-15 soft pitted dates

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon espresso

2 tablespoons cacao nibs, optional

1 teaspoon orange zest, optional

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Heavy pinch of sea salt, adjust to taste

For the coating:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon coconut butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt


Step 1

For the donuts: In a food processor grind all the ingredients into a thick, moist dough in a blender or food processor.

Use about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball using your hands. Place on a plate lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill and firm. In the meantime, make the coating.

Step 2

For the donut coating: In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil, coconut butter and maple syrup on low heat just to combine. This mixture should just coat the back of a spoon.

Take donut holes out of the freezer and dip into the melted coating mixture, place back on the parchment paper lined plate (or you can use a cookie sheet if it’s easier).

Place in the freezer for 20 minutes until hard and then repeat this another time to coat the donut hole a total of 2 times.


Store the donuts in an airtight glass container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for several weeks.

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