These Glazed Donut Holes Are Loaded With Protein—Not Sugar

Photo credit: Maya Sozer

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Photo: Page Street Publishing

You might not think that donuts (glazed donuts, at that!) have the potential to be a healthy post-workout snack. But when they undergo a vegan makeover, courtesy of Power Vegan Meals author Maya Sozer, they actually make the perfect recovery treat.

Peanut butter and oats make up the base of this donut hole recipe, while raisins and a bit of cocoa add sweetness. "Besides being a good source of protein and fiber, these perfect little energizing treats pack in a lot of taste," says Sozer. The glaze, which is made with coconut oil and has just three ingredients, has that same finger-licking effect as a stop at Dunkin'.

If hitting the kitchen isn't your post-gym style, don't worry—these donut holes can easily be made-ahead and saved for later. "They're a good snack to just have ready in the freezer," says Sozer. They'll taste just as great for breakfast or dessert.

Want to try the delish donut holes for yourself? Keep reading for the recipe.

Peanut butter chocolate donut holes

Serves 4

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp grated fresh ginger (optional)
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. In a food processor, combine the rolled oats, peanut butter, raisins, cocoa powder, two tablespoons coconut oil, cinnamon, and ginger. Process until you get a sticky dough. Shape into bite-size balls and chill in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before applying the glaze.

2. To make the glaze, melt the remaining two tablespoons of coconut oil. In a bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Dip the donut holes into the glaze before serving.

Recipe from Power Vegan Meals by Maya Sozer, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017.

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