No-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

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A small blue bowl with no bake vegan donut holes that are scented with lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppy seeds.

Ready for something sweet (but secretly healthy)? I have just the thing.

No-bake vegan donut holes! Yes, it’s a thing. Let’s do this!

Wood cutting board with ingredients for making our Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Donut Holes recipe

This 30-minute, 10-ingredient recipe starts with dates and nuts (walnuts or cashews or both), which creates a sweet, slightly nutty base.

Next come coconut and almond flour for a fluffy, cake-like feel. This is what makes them more the texture of cake or donuts than an energy bite.

Food processor filled with ingredients for making gluten-free Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Donut Holes

The flavor comes from lemon juice and lemon zest, and the crunch comes from the addition of poppy seeds or chia seeds. Then just roll them into balls, freeze, and prepare your glaze.

Using a small ice cream scooper to form homemade Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes
Holding one of our freshly rolled Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

For the glaze, I played around with a coconut butter option, but when you add liquids to coconut butter (e.g. lemon juice and maple syrup), it tends to seize up. So I went for a coconut oil-maple syrup glaze instead. However, I do include an oil-free glaze option in the notes!

Coating a Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Hole with glaze

We hope you LOVE these no-bake “donut holes.” They’re:

Naturally sweet
& So delicious

These donut holes would make the perfect healthier snack or dessert. The lemon juice and zest punch through with a tart kick, which perfectly balances the sweetness of the dates. Plus, that glaze? Total swoon.

If you’re into naturally sweet treats, check out our No-Bake Vanilla Cake Bites, 5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce, Vegan Chocolate Mousse, 3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, and Coconut Carob Bars.

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Small bowl filled with gluten-free Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

No-Bake Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

Tender no-bake donut holes infused with lemon juice and zest and speckled with poppy seeds! A 30-minute naturally sweetened, easy-to-make snack or dessert!
Author Minimalist Baker
Blue bowl filled with a batch of our vegan Lemon Donut Holes
4.77 from 65 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 (Donut holes)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week



  • 1 cup packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits removed)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts or cashews (we mixed both)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour (or sub almond meal, but the donut flavor is more pronounced with flour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (or sub more almond flour)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds or chia seeds
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (see notes for oil-free version)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice)


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. To a food processor, add pitted dates and blend until small bits remain or a ball forms. Scoop out and set aside.
  • To the food processor, add your raw nuts, almond flour, and coconut flour. Blend until a fine meal is achieved – about 20-30 seconds.
  • Add the dates back in along with the lemon zest, lemon juice, poppy or chia seeds, and vanilla extract. Blend until a tacky dough forms. If it’s too dry, add a little more lemon juice. If it gets too wet or sticky, add more coconut flour as needed.
  • Scoop out 1 1/2 Tbsp amounts of dough (I like this scoop) and roll into balls. Repeat until all of your mixture is used up. Arrange on your parchment-lined baking sheet. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare glaze by adding all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisking thoroughly to combine (a little separation is natural – just stir again before glazing).
  • Remove donut holes from the freezer, and one at a time, dip donut holes into the glaze. Lift up with a fork or slotted spoon and tap off any excess glaze. Place back on the parchment paper to harden. Repeat until all donut holes are glazed. Then carefully transfer back to the freezer to set.
  • Freeze for 10 minutes. Then remove from freezer and dip again. You can repeat this process as many times as you can before the glaze runs out (I was able to dip all of my donut holes twice and rolled a few of them in a third time – though I found two times to be sufficient).
  • Pop back in the freezer to chill again until set – about 10 minutes. Enjoy! Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator (up to 1 week) or the freezer (up to 1 month). They can be stored at room temperature, but if too warm, the glaze can melt.



*An oil-free glaze option would be 4 Tbsp coconut butter, 1 tsp lemon zest, and stevia to taste (adding liquids to coconut butter will make it seize). OR use this recipe for a white chocolate version.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with half cashews and half walnuts, with chia seeds, and with all of the glaze.
*Recipe concept inspired by This Rawsome Vegan Life, which was originally adapted from Lee from America.

Nutrition (1 of 18 servings)

Serving: 1 (Bites) Calories: 143 Carbohydrates: 13.7 g Protein: 2.8 g Fat: 9.5 g Saturated Fat: 3.5 g Sodium: 6 mg Potassium: 173 mg Fiber: 2.8 g Sugar: 8.9 g

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gina, dates will have the best flavor, but possibly another dried fruit such as apricots or prunes with varied results! They probably won’t taste as much like lemon poppyseed donuts, but will likely still be delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Merci, we haven’t tested that, but don’t think the flavor would work as well and they may turn out grainy in texture.

  1. Janice says

    This was wonderful – I made a batch following the recipe exactly and they were a huge hit with our friends. I’d like to make another batch but we have an almond allergy, can I sub with ground hazelnut? Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad your friends enjoyed them, Janice! We think the flavor of hazelnuts might be overpowering. Can you have cashews? Cashew flour might work better!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Patricia, that should work, but you will need quite a bite more as almond flour isn’t as absorbent as coconut. Let us know how it goes!

  2. Trina says

    This are very good, I had one large lemon, got just the right amount of lemon and zest for the lemon donut holes. Used half of a frozen lemon shell for the glaze.
    I always make your orange cardamom date balls, which are my faves, these nice for something different.
    Thank you,

  3. Tess says

    These turned out so delicious! Used all almond flour, half walnuts half cashews, chia seeds and a little extra lemon juice. Added honey and vanilla to the glaze because coconut oil isn’t my favorite but the added ingredients really helped mask it. Very satisfied with this snack!! Love them right out the freezer and into my mouth!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Tess. So glad you enjoyed!

  4. Katie says

    The crunch of the glaze, the sharpness of the lemon, and the sweetness of the dates… *chef’s kiss*. Loved this delicious and easy dessert!