The hardest part about my Barre3 Spring Challenge is laying off of the sugar (oh and the wine, and the bread, and…) but luckily they have a ton of recipes to help you get through the month with minimal slip-ups. My favorite “cheat treat?” These “healthy” donut holes. And not only are they not SUPER bad for you, but they are easy enough to make that a 4 year old can make them… literally!
Healthy Donut Holes
by Andrea Nakayama
- 1-1/2 cups raw almonds
- 5 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 cup dates (pitted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Large handful unsweetened, shredded coconut (I recommend toasting it!)
- Place first 5 ingredients (all but coconut) into a food processor and combine until mixture resembles a cookie dough consistency (you may need to add a little water at this point… I usually need a Tablespoon or 2).
- Roll the dough into little bite sized balls (about a Tablespoon worth).
- Roll date balls/donut holes in coconut.
- Transfer finished treats into a Tupperware and freeze for about an hour (although they really are great straight away too) and enjoy!
Store them in the freezer/fridge until a craving hits!
(they took artistic liberties during our arts and crafts session)
The great part about this recipe is once the dough is made, any little helpers can be in charge of making their own bited sized treats. Or you can be like Tucker (above) and just eat your serving straight away.
They store wonderfully… so I highly recommend doubling this recipe and storing for those days where you want to go nuts on those new Ben & Jerry’s Core Ice Cream flavors… ugh.