Raw Coconut-Lemon Donut Holes

As you may be coming to realize by now, citrus is up there as a favourite flavour of mine & I thought that it was the perfect pairing to add some chill summer vibes to these raw vegan donut holes! The perfect snack for lounging by the pool or hosting a night by the bonfire, I promise everyone will enjoy these little bliss bites.


Growing up in Canada, Timbits were more of a staple in my diet than a treat. On the way to the rink it was known that mom would get a coffee from the drive-thru & the kids would get a 10-pack of half chocolate, half glazed donut holes to snack on while watching the game.


Now that I eat a plant-based & mostly whole foods diet Timbits just aren’t on the menu anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I have to miss out on this treat!

These raw vegan donut holes are the perfect substitute for a more nutrient dense, plant-based option. While still a treat that should be consumed in moderation, you’ll feel a lot less weighed down & a lot more energetic after consuming one of these little bites compared to their doughy-fried counterparts.


I mean just look at how cute they are, who could resist?


The hardest part of this recipe is, of course, remembering to soak your cashews overnight. But in a pinch you can also boil raw cashews for 25-30 minutes to give them that soft texture as well.


To begin, combine everything except for the dates into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until fully combined, then add in the dates one by one until the mixture forms a ball of “dough”. Shape that ball into 9 smaller bite sized donut holes & allow them to chill in the freezer until firm.

Coat with your mixture of coconut oil, lemon, and vanilla and you’re done!!

We also like this one with cocoa powder & mint in place of the coconut & lemon. Yumm!

Let us know if you try out the recipe or make new versions of your own!


RECIPE: Makes 9 Donut Holes



Raw Donut Holes

  • 2/3 cups cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1/3 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon


  • 6 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut butter


Overnight soaking, 10 minutes prep, chill for 5 hours

  • Blend all the raw donut hole ingredients, except for dates, in your food processor or high speed blender until smooth.
  • Add in the dates one by one until a uniform ball forms.
  • Measure out 9 tbsp amounts of the “dough” & roll into balls.
  • Place these 9 balls into the freezer for 20 minutes or until firm.
  • Melted the coconut oil & combine with vanilla extract & lemon extract.
  • Coat each ball 2 times with the oil mixture.
  • Place in freezer for 5 minutes to set.
  • Drizzle with coconut butter and allow to set in the freezer for 5 hours or overnight.
Nutritional Information:
Per 1 donut hole–
Calories: 221cal | Total Fat: 16g | Sat Fat: 9g | Unsat Fat: 0.8g | Carbohydrates: 18g | Natural Sugar: 11g | Fibre: 4g | Sodium: 27mg | Protein: 2.6g

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