Cashew Butter, Maple & Lemon Glazed Raw ‘Donuts’





While not actually made with traditional ‘dough’, these whole food, plant-based ‘donuts’ are a delicious AND nutritious treat! Using nuts and dates as a base, one can create many different raw sweets – of all shapes and flavors. As a lover of lemon, I was inspired to make a lemon-infused dessert, that would bring brightness and tang to the almonds and dried fruit. Including fresh ginger, cinnamon, and cacoa, also makes these ‘donuts’ more flavorful. With no refined sugars or oils, you can feel good about enjoying this no-bake healthy dessert!

(Makes 8 donuts)
– Almonds, 4 cups
– Dates, 4 cups
– Lemon juice/zest, from 3 lemons
– Fresh ginger, 3 inches grated (add a little more or less depending on how much you enjoy ginger)
– Cinnamon, 3 tsp
– Cacao, 2 tsp
– Pinch of salt


– Cashews, 1/2 cup (ground into butter using a food processor or use store-bought cashew butter)
– Maple syrup, 1/4 cup (adjust sweetness to your personal taste)
– Lemons, 1 / Juice
– Water to loosen (if making the cashew butter from scratch!)


– Lemon zest (Note: Try to use organic lemons, to avoid chemical residue on the fruit’s peel. Otherwise, scrub the lemon skin well with water and regular salt – which helps to strip away pesticide chemicals from the fruit’s surface. Dry the lemons before zesting.


  1. Soak the pitted dates in fresh lemon juice – to rehydrate them, and take on more flavor.
  2. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet, until aromatic. Set aside to cool.
  3. In your food processor, pulse the almonds into a chunky crumb, with the cinnamon, cacao, and a pinch of salt. Set aside in a large bowl.
  4. To the food processor, add the soaked dates (minus soaking juice), half of the lemon zest, and grated ginger. Blend until it forms a chunky paste.
  5. Add the almond mix (dry ingredients) back into the food processor with the date mix, and pulse into a ‘dough’. If your food processor is too small, you may have to do this in stages, or simply the dry and mix together in a large mixing bowl, and bring it together by hand.
  6. Press the ‘dough’ into a plastic-lined donut tin. Place it in the freezer to set.
  7. Meanwhile, make the glaze by adding cashew butter, maple syrup, and lemon juice to a blender or food processor. Mix into a smooth consistency. You will have to scrape down the sides using a spatula (silicone spatulas are the most effective!)
  8. Remove the donuts from the freezer, remove them from the plastic wrapped tin and onto a work surface. Drizzle over the lemon glaze, and top with the last bit of lemon zest. ENJOY!

Nutrition Tips:

– Almonds are rich in protein, heart-healthy unsaturated fats, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and fiber.

– Cashews are packed with protein, monounsaturated fat and Omega fats, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin K, and fiber.

– Dried dates are a natural sweetener and source of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and fiber.

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