You guys!!! These No-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Donut Holes are seriously a dream come true. After I made them this morning, I gave one to my husband. He took a bite and said, “This is why I love you.” These little snacks are sweetened with dried unsweetened and unsulfured apricots and a small amount of coconut nectar. The base is made with gluten-free oats and walnuts. If you don’t do walnuts, you could try subbing soaked sunflower seeds. I haven’t tried this substitution, so if you do, I’d love to hear how they turn out. I seriously love how many amazing products I can get from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love stocking my pantry and spice cabinet with their bulk goods. The vanilla bean powder in these donuts is definitely a splurge (and I think a worthy one), but the recipe works great with vanilla extract as well. Enjoy!
No-Bake Lemon Poppyseed Glazed Donut Holes
[Makes about 16 donuts]
1 ¼ cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 ½ cups raw walnuts
2/3 cup dried unsweetened and unsulfured apricots
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or inside of 1 vanilla bean)
¼ cup melted coconut butter
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 Tablespoons coconut nectar
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
Juice from 2 medium-size lemons
2 teaspoons lemon zest
¼ cup poppy seeds
6 Tablespoons melted coconut butter
2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon lemon zest + more for garnish
- Add all donut ingredients except poppy seeds to a food processor and process until dough forms and all ingredients are well mixed. Add the poppy seeds and pulse a few times until well combined. Dough will be wet and sticky.
- Form into about 16 balls of about 1 Tablespoon each. Place on a parchment paper lined tray and freeze for about an hour until firm.
- Once the balls are firm and chilled, make the glaze. Place a smaller bowl into a large bowl of hot/just boiled water to melt the coconut oil and butter and to keep everything liquified as you glaze the donuts. Add all ingredients to the smaller bowl and whisk until smooth. Dunk each donut in the glaze and roll until fully coated and return to the parchment-lined tray. The glaze should harden almost immediately since the donuts will be cold from the freezer. If the glaze doesn’t harden because you are in a warm climate, place the tray back into the freezer to harden.
Ahhh! I can’t wait to try these! Lemon and poppy is my favorite combo ❤️
Yay! I hope you love them!
Can you please advise what is coconut butter, isn’t it the same than the oil. Also what’s coconut syrup & where do you get them. Thank you.
Coconut butter includes the meat of the coconut. Coconut oil is just the oil extracted. You can find both online.
Or make your own! Coconut butter is so easy to make if you have a vitamix or equivalent. It’s super expensive to buy. Just blend coconut shreds until they turn liquid.
That glaze is heaven!
Yes!! SO good.
Can you suggest a substitute for coconut nectar?
You could use any liquid sweetener here, or just omit it.
Can you suggest a substitute for rolled oats? Looking for a paleo option. Was thinking coconut flakes?
Hi! Yes, you could try coconut. I like the oats because they give more of a donut texture. I’d love to hear how they come out if you try with coconut. XO
Yes, I think that could work! Or coconut flour! XO
Wow!! I love ???? anything! Do you think I can substitute dates for apricots? I only have dates on hand now.
Yes! I think dates would work great. XO
Any substitutes for coconut butter? Would almond butter or sunflour butter be good? I can’t find coconut butter at my grocery. Thanks!
I haven’t tested this recipe with anything else. You could try making your own coconut butter by processing dried coconut shreds for several minutes in your food processor. XO
Hi! I really want to make these but don’t have a food processor. Do you think this would work with a blender?
You could definitely try! I think it might be a bit annoying, but definitely doable! XO
I made them and they’re so so amazing! They remind me of the most epic lemon poppy seed muffin you could have but even better because they’re way more moist! Very impressed with this recipe & I’ll definitely be making again 🙂
*I didn’t have coconut necatar so I added 1 part agave & 1 part maple syrup.
*my dough was pretty wet so I wet my hands a little to roll the balls & it worked perfectly!
Thanks for sharing!
Love it! Thank you for sharing your adaptations! XO
These turned out amazing and the family loves them. Thank you for the recipe!
Yay! SO glad to hear that! XO
I tried them and they are delish! Subbed coconut nectar for organic honey. Just one tablespoon. Do you store in the fridge?
Any suggestions for a substitute to the walnuts? My bf is allergic to nuts and it seems cruel to make this without sharing 😉
I made these – followed the instructions and recipe – actually measured everything. They turned out extremely oily. Literally dripping with oil. I had to add another cup of oats and more lemon zest/juice to try and salvage it. I made the balls and as I was forming them, oil was dripping through my fingers. I set them on paper towels. I am mopping up the excess oil using the paper towels. Any idea what happened?
I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve only received positive feedback from people about this recipe, and it’s one of my favorites that I make every week. Were the donut holes themselves oily or was it the glaze? I’d love to troubleshoot why your batch came out so oily. Please let me know!
Is there a substitute for coconut butter?
Love these! Do you store them in the refrigerator or freezer? I’ve had some still stored in the fridge after a few weeks, are they still good?
So delicious- my boys love them! We used pecans in place of walnuts. Wish I would have made a double batch because they’re almost gone already!
I also found that the mixture was very oily. i added more oats and that took care of the issue. in the future i would omit the coconut oil and use only the coconut butter. it may have to do with humidity and the ability of the oats to absorb the wet ingredients. very good once i found a fix.