AIP Donut Holes w/ Cinnamon & Tigernuts

EVERY TIME I make these “donut holes” I am blown away by how delicious and satisfying they are. They totally take me back to memories of eating my favorite crumb donuts as a child. I have gotten the same reaction from those who attended my raw food “cooking” classes over the years where I would sometimes make up a triple batch of these too! If you feel guilty about eating “donut holes” for an afternoon snack, feel free to think of them as cinnamon bliss energy balls instead. These energy packed nuggets make a perfect grab n’ go snack or tasty healthy dessert.



Recipe adapted from Raw Foods on a Budget. For a Low/No Starch Paleo Version see this other recipe for Paleo Vegan Donut Holes. The lighter colored donut holes are coated with maple sugar and the darker ones are coated with coconut sugar.

AIP Paleo Donut Holes w/ Cinnamon & Tigernuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 donut holes
Author Andrea Wyckoff


  • 1 cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 medjool dates pits removed
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or honey
  • Optional Coating:
  • 2 Tablespoons maple sugar or coconut sugar


  1. To keep this recipe as easy as possible with minimal clean up I use this mini food processor that came with my favorite immersion blender.
  2. Add dried coconut to food processor, and process alone for 30 sec to 1 min to release oils.
  3. Add in tigernut flour, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, process until all mixed & fine.
  4. Add in dates and process again, then add in maple syrup (or honey).
  5. Form into balls with your hands.
  6. Optional: Roll in maple sugar or coconut sugar.
  7. You can eat the as is or freeze to enjoy later. I store them in the fridge in an airtight container, but they are fine if left out for a day or two at room temp.
  • Estimated Nutrition Data per Donut Hole, (8 donut holes per recipe), using
  • Calories: 107
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Total Carbs: 16 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram










AIP Paleo “Donut Hole” Energy Balls – Vegan – So Easy – Gluten-free

15 thoughts on “AIP Donut Holes w/ Cinnamon & Tigernuts

  1. HI Amber,
    Your recipe sounds so tasty and healthy. I always like the idea of using dates as a sweetener – it gives a unique flavor to baked goods. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! Have a healthy, happy & blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. When you say dried shredded coconut, do you mean like desiccated coconut? How fine are you processing the coconut? Could I just use coconut butter?

    1. Hi Allison,

      Desiccated is another way to describe it. Here’s a link to the one I use, just plain ol’ dried shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.

      If you use coconut butter it will obviously take less, as its much more condensed. And I’d assume donuts holes made with coconut butter instead will likely be more dense, and less soft & donut-like too. I just don’t have the exact measurement to give you for that substitution as I have not tried it that way. Cheers!

    1. Hi Ives,

      I personally haven’t tried using coconut flour in this recipe, but you are welcome to try it. If I were going to experiment I’d likely start with only 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour, taste test them, and go from there.

      And I have had great results using 1/3 cup almonds or walnuts in place of the tigernut flour. Here’s a link to the version that uses the nuts instead:


  3. Thank you for this recipe!!!!! I was having a really hard time without my nut based snacks. This tastes better than all of those. I am really sensitive to sugar so I skipped the maple/honey and didn’t do the optional coating. I was really liberal with the cinnamon as well. These remind me of a snickerdoodle cookie, arguably the best cookie ever invented :). Thank you so much! Oh, by the way, I didn’t have dates on hand and used raisins and they were great. I have made and liked both versions. Awesome recipe.

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