Ok, so the title "doughnut holes" may be a bit of an exaggeration, but hear me out! These guys are made with healthy ingredients and not deep fried—ok not even cooked at all—but they're so decadent that calling them "energy bites" or whatever wouldn't have done them any justice.
I mean, look at them!
Since I've been gluten free for a while now, I honestly don't remember what real doughnuts taste like, but according to what I've seen at school, they have a rather enthusiastic fan base. If I could eat doughnuts though, this is what I hope they would taste like. Dense, rich, sweet, and basically a more acceptable way to feel like you're eating spoonfuls of Nutella.
What could be better than that?!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 cup dates, pits removed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa/cacao powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of vanilla powder/ a few drops of vanilla extract
Lightly toast the hazelnuts in a 350°F oven. After they cool for a few minutes, rub handfuls in your hands to remove the skins. It's ok if some of then don't come off.
Combine the doughnut ingredients in a food processor until a sticky dough forms. Roll handfuls of the mixture into ball shapes, placing the balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. When all of the dough is rolled, freeze the doughnuts for 20 minutes
Melt the glaze ingredients together. When the doughnuts are hardened, dip them one by one into the glaze. Place back in the freezer until hardened, then store in an airtight container in the fridge.