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Donut Holes Recipe

Donut Holes Recipe – Making this Donut Hole recipe for my kids was an absolute joy. Yes, Dunkin’ Donuts donut holes were delicious years ago. But eating healthy and choosing alternative ingredients led me to this.

The best Donut Hole recipe that left my husband and kids asking for more.

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Choosing Healthy Ingredients for Donut Holes Recipe

I have always had a thing for donut holes. I’m really not sure whether it’s pure nostalgia or whether I really do just love donuts. Maybe a little of both?

However choosing healthy ingredients when you want a divine chocolate donut hole recipe can be a little intimidating. Because you not only want them to taste good while also being as healthy as possible.

Well, this recipe is definitely at the top of our list. They ate them so quickly that I barely had time to grab a few for photos.

Then, there’s the Chocolate Ganache frosting recipe. More on that in a minute.

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Chocolate Donut Holes recipe that Actually Tastes Good

For years, we’ve been choosing a healthy, clean diet. But guess what? Baked goods that are truly clean are either too dry, too moist, too messy and more often than not, don’t even taste good. So why bother, right?

Well, since we no longer stop to pick up Dunkin’ Donuts donut holes, I thought it was time to figure out how to make our own. This donut hole recipe is healthy, clean and yes, your kids can enjoy them without the sugar rush afterwards.

Donut Hole recipe ingredients:

  • Old fashioned oat flour to make oat flour in the blender or food processor
  • Nut-based milk – which means you can use any of your favorites or make your own using our recipes: Almond Milk, Hemp Milk, Coconut Milk or whatever nut milk you have on hand.
  • Coconut sugar is a must — it has a delightful brown sugar flavor that adds depth to all of your recipes. This is our favorite brand – and it comes in a 3 lb bag.
  • Definitely don’t forget the Coconut Oil. We love both Barlean’s and Nutiva brand. Click here for benefits of using coconut oil.

Once you’ve made this donut hole recipe a few times, you’ll really get the hang of what you can swap out. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

Skip the Artificial Flavors and Colors:

And the fact that they baked and not fried doesn’t interfere with the flavor either. Of course my donut holes are also missing things like artificial flavor, artificial colors Red 40, Green 3 and Blue 1, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, preservatives and other similar suspects, but I don’t think you’ll miss any of that stuff either (wink).

donut holes recipe

Now for that Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Frosting

I love a little glaze on a donut hole recipe because it adds a little something special. Well, I have never made a chocolate donut recipe before and was lost on what to make the glaze with.

Well, let’s just say – my attempt at a glaze turned into the most decadent recipe for chocolate ganache frosting. I had no idea that by combining just a few simple and clean ingredients I would end up with such a tasty frosting.

How to Make a Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Frosting:

Here’s just a few simple tips to making this absolutely delicious recipe for Chocolate Ganche Frosting. You’re going to love it so much that you’ll want to make a double batch and then dip everything into it!

#1: Use a Heavy Bottomed Pan

The most important part of this recipe for chocolate ganche frosting is to use a heavy bottomed stainless steel pan or 100% ceramic cookware pan. You definitely don’t want to burn the chocolate ganache frosting.

Skip the microwave, use a pan on the stove the old fashioned way!

#2: Use Low-Medium Heat, at the most!

Even if you’re in a rush — don’t use anything more than low-medium heat. It will take about 4-6 minutes to come together and it will be well worth the wait.

#3: Stainless Steel Whisks are the best.

Using a sturdy stainless steel whisk is a must. I have this set from Pampered Chef and it’s been the smartest handtool kitchen investment. These whisks help to make the perfect roux for soups and stews, whisking together batters and especially this recipe for chocolate ganache frosting.

By whisking, you’ll create a very creamy chocolate frosting texture that is just perfect for these donuts.

donut holes recipe

Perfect for whole Chocolate Donut Recipe

If you are more of a “whole” donut kind of person, you can easily make this donut holes recipe into whole donuts. You just need the right pan and honestly, out of the many I’ve tried, these are my favorite purchases.

These donut pans make it easy to bake donuts versus fry donuts. And if you’re a clean, healthy family like we are then you will definitely appreciate having these pans handy when you’re craving donuts.

donut pan

Check out this Donut Pan to make the perfect sized baked donuts every single time.

donut hole pan

The best donut hole pan. Using the small scoop and slightly overfilling the holes makes perfect donut holes every time.


Donut Holes Recipe

Donut Holes Recipe are moist, delicious and irresistible. These donuts holes are healthy too. No refined oil, refined sugar, dairy or gluten.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 2430 donut holes 1x






  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add a little coconut oil to the donut hole pan and set aside.
  2. In a glass measuring cup, combine the vinegar with the milk and set aside.
  3. In a high speed blender or food processor, add the old fashioned oats, coconut sugar, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Process until oats are the consistency of flour and all ingredients are well blended. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  5. Alternate between the flour and milk mixtures. Start by adding half of the flour mixture to the large bowl. Combine. Then add half of the milk mixture. Combine. Repeat until all ingredients are in the bowl.
  6. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes to allow time for the oatmeal mixture to soak up any excess liquid. Should be a little thicker than cake batter.
    • If too thick, add 1 tablespoon of nut-based milk until the right consistency.
    • If too thin, add a little more oat flour or gluten free flour to thicken. Again, 1 tablespoon at a time until you’re satisfied with the consistency.
  7. Using a small scoop, place the batter into the donut hole pan. 
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove donuts from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
    • While your donut holes recipe bake, make the Chocolate Ganache.

This dough can also be used for Chocolate Donuts using this donut pan.


  1. Place a 1/3 cup coconut oil and chocolate chips in a small saucepan; heat over low-medium heat until chocolate starts to melt. Stirring regularly with a stainless steel whisk.
  2. Add the cacao powder, coconut sugar and 2 tablespoons nut-based milk. Continue stirring until combined.
  3. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon of nut-based milk at a time until the right consistency. Keep in mind, the ganache does harden when removed from the heat.
  4. Continue stirring until well combined. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla.
  5. Glaze over the tops of the donut holes recipe or put a few tablespoons in a small glass bowl for dipping.

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© 2024 clean cuisine Recipe by:

Aimee Niedosik

Aimee loves to craft delicious, nutrient-dense recipes to share with her family and friends. While in remission from autoimmune diseases and underlying viruses, she still maintains an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging diet. Aimee is a Christian, website designer, autoimmune community leader and lives in North Carolina with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

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