No-Bake Cacao Donut Holes (vegan & gluten-free)

January 23, 2017

No-Bake Cacao Donut Holes for a vegan, low sugar & grain-free snack!No Bake Cacao Donut Holes that are low sugar, grain free & vegan

I have made a lot of balls in my lifetime but these may just be one of my ultimate favorites ever.

It really is crazy how the “bliss ball” trendy really took off a year ago. I remember giggling to my immature/perverted self when I first heard about ball snacks. Jord still giggles about it basically every time I offer him some.. oops.

Then I started reading the barre3 handbook for B3 ALL IN and saw they made a no-bake donut holes. Immediately had to try them and fell in LOVE. I modified them a bit in this recipe based off my ingredients in the pantry and to taste but they are so good. 

I love carrying them around for a pre or post work out treat. Or just a snack when you want a something sweet yet hearty. I make those Maca Superfood Balls filled with all the goods and pretty much have them in the freezer at all times.

During B3 ALL IN I am finding that my hunger is definitely increased a bit. Working out at barre3 5x a week is no joke. I also have stopped drinking alcohol during this, which really hans’t been too challenging. Besides when I am out with friends or out to dinner and everyone gets a cocktail. Meanwhile I am like “so do you serve Shirley Temples?”

But back to these No-Bake Cacao Donut Holes. They are hearty, chocolatey, and SO simple to make.


raw almonds

toasted hazelnuts (or raw, I just only had toasted)


almond butter

vanilla extract

toppings: granola, goji berries, coconut flakes


  • These No Bake Cacao Donut Holes freeze really well. You can double the batch and keep half in the freezer. Just defrost in fridge for a bit before eating. I also love them cold
  • You can sub any nut butter you like for the almond butter
  • You can likely use walnuts or cashews as well to sub the nuts but keep an eye the measurements because it can vary based off that particular nut/seed
  • Get creative in the toppings, and to mix things up use a few different kinds. Thanks to Jord for easily getting sick of the same thing, I am constantly trying to maximize all the recipes with new flavors 🙂

No Bake Cacao Donut Holes that are low sugar, grain free & veganNo Bake Cacao Donut Holes that are low sugar, grain free & vegan


No-Bake Cacao Donut Holes

No Bake Cacao Donut Holes that are low sugar, grain free & vegan
  • Author: rachel mansfield
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: About 15 balls 1x
  • Category: vegan, grain-free, gluten-free
  • Cuisine: snacks, dessert


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: granola, goji berries, coconut flakes


  1. In food processor, pulse together all ingredients (except toppings)
  2. Until a ingredients are broken up (if too dry add more almond butter)
  3. Roll into balls about 1-2 tablespoons per ball and add desired toppings (you can also leave as is)
  4. Place in fridge for about an hour or freezer in airtight container then enjoy!
  5. *Will stay good in fridge for about a week or freezer for 2 months!

xx, Rach

No Bake Cacao Donut Holes for a vegan, low sugar & grain-free snack!


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One Response

  1. It is CRAZY how the ball trend went crazy, cause it’s really one of the most fun, easy snacks to make, but at first it sounds kind of odd. These sound yummy!

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