Dark Chocolate Donut Holes


Combat your sweet tooth with these Dark Chocolate Donut Holes created by our functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama.  My kids think these are “real” donut holes. Shhhh!

Makes approximately one dozen, six servings.

1-1/2 cups raw almonds or roasted hazelnuts
5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 cup pitted dates, soaked in water if hard, then drained
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Finely shredded coconut for rolling


1. Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until desired consistency is obtained. Go for a cookie-dough like texture with not a lot of large chunks.  You may need to add a little water.

2. Scoop out rounded spoonfuls with something like a mini ice cream scoop or a melon-baller.

3. Roll the dough between your palms to make a sphere.

4. Roll that ball in the finely shredded coconut.

5. Place finished balls on a plate, cookie sheet, or glass storage container.

6. Let sit in freezer for an hour or so before eating.

7. Store in freezer or fridge.

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  7. I rolled these in finely crushed almonds, as my sweetie doesn’t care for coconut. I quote, “Yum! I might be able to get on board with this Barre3 thing!”…

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  9. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee mixed w/ a little boiling water to this recipe , for a mocha version.. it was awesome.

  10. Wow – heaven!!! Just finished the 7 day body blast and this is an amazing way to treat myself! The cacao powder with the dates makes you feel like you are indulging in something akin to a chocolate brownie. Added about 3 to 4 tbsp of water along the way which made it super easy to make into balls and add the coconut. You have to pulse for quite awhile to get to a cookie dough consistency so be patient.

  11. Roz, I don’t have a food processor, but I have a really good KitchenAid blender (I bought it because the first time I made barre3 bars it burnt out the motor on my old 1980’s blender :). The new blender handles the barre3 bars and Dark Chocolate Donut Holes beautifully–they turned out just like the picture! I used carob powder because I couldn’t find cacao and added a little water to form the balls. They are too decadent–it’s hard to believe they’re not bad for you!

  12. Has anyone been able to make these without a food processor?.. I have a good chopper to do the nuts and dates but do you really need food processor to get the right consistency?.. Love the ingredients and would love to try!!

    • Roz, I haven’t tried this but I think you should give this a try! If you can’t roll them in balls, try pressing them into a brownie dish. You can also play with adding some almond butter to hold them together. Let me know how it goes!

  13. I just made these – can’t wait to try them! The coconut didn’t want to stick though…is there a trick to it?

  14. I really enjoyed these! I also had to add some water. Might add some shaved, unsweetened coconut into the food processor as well. Or add in some cocoa nibs. Thanks for the yummy ideas! 🙂

  15. HOLY HOLE! these are fantabulous. I will now solve my sweet tooth. I look forward to a stash in my freezer, leaving 28 to Great with a new satiation. Yipee !

  16. These are delicious!! I needed to add 1-2 tablespoons of water as well. I also “broke the rules” and added a little liquid vanilla stevia to make them a little sweeter for my husband. We looooove these!!

  17. Ok, I made this with my 4 year old son today. What a treat! They were so yummy. I did a mixture of hazelnuts and almonds. Very good! This is a nice treat since we have little sweets in the house. Thanks Sadie.

  18. YUM. I recommend no hazelnuts. I did one cup almonds as I was roasting 1/2 cup hazelnuts. Both my husband and I loved the almond mixture. I also had to add 1 TBSP water as Christa recommended.

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