“These satisfy my sweet tooth without eating Little Debbie Donut Bites!”
“These won’t make it home!”
And finally, “So, there’s no sugar in these?”
These were just a few of the comments made by a donut-loving friend last night as he was enjoying a new treat I prepared for our church small group that we host each Tuesday.
I had never made them before, so I didn’t know what to expect. They were a huge hit, so you can bet I will be making them again, given the response! I never thought they would be compared to donut holes in terms of taste and texture, but I’ll take it!
They are SO easy to make, too. They’ll become a new staple in your house, I’m sure!
Healthy & Homemade “Donut” Holes
Ingredients (see notes below regarding substitutions & where to find ingredients*)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 cup raw almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- unsweetened, shredded organic coconut
- In the food processor fitted with the “s” blade, grind the almonds and walnuts until finely ground.
- Add the dates, raisins, spices, and salt and grind to a fine meal.
- Add the almond butter and vanilla extract and process again until completely mixed.
- Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut.
I put mine in the fridge for about an hour, so they would firm up a little bit, but you can enjoy them right away, if you’d like!
*Ingredient & Substitution Notes
- Can’t have walnuts or almonds? Use any other nuts or seeds in this recipe instead!
- You find Medjool dates in the produce section of the grocery store OR online. We buy ours at BJs Wholesale club in a big container. Trader Joe’s also sells them.
- If you don’t have cardamom, you can sub in ground ginger, more cinnamon or a combo of nutmeg and cinnamon instead.
- The cheapest place I have found almond butter is at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t have almonds, sub in Sunbutter.
- You can find unsweetened, shredded coconut in the baking aisle of most grocery stores or online here. We buy ours at MOMs in bulk.