lemon poppy seed doughnut holes raw vegan

Raw Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnut Holes


There is a lot of variety out there for snacks, not everything is healthy and even the healthy stuff may have a high amount of sugar or be rather expensive. These raw vegan lemon poppyseed doughnut holes are the perfect midday snack to get you back on track, energize you and fill you up. They are lightly sweet, amazingly refreshing and so very delicious. With a hint of maca, that is optional but also recommended, they turn this sweet treat into a power-filled functional food. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnut Hole
raw vegan lemon poppy seed doughnut holes

I love throwing maca into homemade snacks, it is a great way to battle chronic stress, adrenal fatigue, brings some balance to your hormones making stress more manageable, increasing energy and improving libido. To learn more about the amazing benefits of Maca root I highly recommend reading our Maca post

Maca Dosage

Maca is a wonderful superfood, it isn’t a herb or a supplement. In Peru, to this day people consume maca on a daily bases and at a high amount. When you are new to maca, or even getting back on to it, it is important to start with a low dose, as some people have felt a nervous energy or heart palpitations from consuming a high dosage. 

I personally place 2tbsp into these doughnut holes and make between 15-18 balls. I don’t eat all these at once (though they are wonderfully good). I start with one if I am feeling energized I stop there. I take no more than 2. If you are just starting off with maca I would recommend 1 tbsp and a maximum daily serving of 2 balls. If you plan on eating more than 2, cut the amount down to 1-2 tsp or you can omit it all together!

lemon poppy seed doughnut holes with maca
lemons and raw doughnut holes

Raw Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnut Holes

Wonderfully refreshing, these magical raw lemon poppy seed doughnut holes are the perfect treat or snack for any time of day! The addition of maca just elevates them and turns this treat into a wonderful functional food that helps the body combat stress.  

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-free, Healthy, vegan
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 doughnut holes
Author Amanda Filipowicz


Doughnut Holes

  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • pinch of salt ( I used grey salt)
  • 1 organic lemon juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup coconut manna (coconut butter)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp gelatinized maca (optional)
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • pinch vanilla extract

Coconut Cream

  • 1 small organic lemon, zest nad juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Place the golden raises in a bowl or glass and let them soak us for 2-3 hours until they have almost doubled in size. Drain them. 

  2. In a food processor combine raw walnuts, rolled oats, salt and almond flour. Blend until you get a nice fine powder. Empty and add to a large mixing bowl. 

  3. Into the food processor add the soaked and drained raisins, lemon juice and zest, coconut manna, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Blend until you have a nice thick and smooth consistency. 

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. At this point, if you want to add the maca sprinkle it in. as well as the poppy seeds. Combine well until you have a nice dough like consistency. 

  5. Roll the balls into larger balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. 

  6. While the doughnut holes are cooling in the fridge make the coconut cream. Combine all the ingredients int he food processor and blend until the coconut oil has emulsified. 

  7. Scoop a tiny amount of the coconut cream on top of the doughnut holes and place them back into the fridge to cool off. Once they have firmed up you can transfer them to a bag or container. 

Amanda Filipowicz
Amanda Filipowicz

Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has a decade of experience in nutritional health and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.

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