Raw Espresso Donuts

Welcome to my first blog post!

As you may know, to celebrate my Unsweetened Caroline release week, I decided to post one recipe every day this week for a total of 7! I’m so excited to start sharing my favorite recipes with you and I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.

Now, are you ready for the first recipe!? I sure am! Especially since it’s a dessert (are donuts considered breakfast or dessert? It’s all so confusing to me.)

Breakfast or dessert, this recipe is delicious either way! I personally prefer them as dessert, but if I ever need a quick breakfast, I wouldn’t mind having one of these. As a matter of fact, we went on a backpacking trip last weekend and I brought these donuts for an easy breakfast. I must say, they are best kept in the refrigerator, but they still kept their shape in the warm weather, at the bottom of our hiking bag. They are full of nutritious ingredients, so it’s not a bad way to start a day of hiking. Even better: it’s breakfast and coffee all in one, so it satisfied our coffee needs in the morning. Almost. I won’t judge you if you still drink your coffee because I would of too if given the choice. 😉


Extra points if you have a view like this to enjoy them in the morning.

Not a coffee lover? You can totally omit the ground coffee beans in this recipe. You will still end up with a delicious raw chocolate donut.

The base is made of oats, dates, pecans, cocoa nibs, vanilla and ground coffee beans and the glaze is made of cashews, dates, vanilla, coconut milk, coconut oil, cocoa powder and more ground coffee. See? Healthy ingredients! Together, they make a perfectly sweetened donut that will satisfy all your chocolate cravings.

Raw Espresso Donuts (vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free) - Unsweetened Caroline-0356

Now, lets celebrate the first day of summer with a treat!

Raw Espresso Donuts
Serves 9
Prep Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1 cup pecans
  3. 1 1/2 cup Medjool dates
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  5. 1-2 teaspoon ground coffee beans
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Glaze
  1. 1/4 cup dry roasted salted cashews
  2. 1/4 cup Medjool dates
  3. 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1 teaspoon
  4. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  5. 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  6. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder + 1 teaspoon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee beans
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the donuts in a food processor and process until the mixture looks fine and crumbly, but sticks together when pressed (about 2 minutes.)
  3. On a clean surface, roll 1/4 cup of the mixture to make a long enough cylinder, then stick together the ends to make a round donut shape. The donuts will be a little oily from processing the pecans, that's normal. Make 8-10 donuts.
  4. Place on the cookie sheet. Chill in the freezer while you make the glaze.
Make the glaze
  1. Add all the ingredients for the glaze in the same food processor (you don't need to clean it, just make sure there isn't any crumbs left.) Process for at least 5 minutes until really smooth.
  2. Transfer the glaze in a bowl and dip the top of each donuts. There might be some leftover glaze, you can either spread it on the donuts or eat it on it's own.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour (if you can wait.)
  1. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge or in the freezer.
  2. Add more if you like a strong coffee taste and less (or none) if you want a lighter taste or if you're not a coffee lover.
  3. I tried using full fat and light coconut milk. Both had a very similar result, so I would choose light when possible.
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Raw Espresso Donuts (vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free) - Unsweetened Caroline-0337

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline.

Finally, if you haven’t already, you can check my story. I talk about the reason why I stopped eating added sugar and how I got to where I am today.

See you tomorrow for my second recipe!


  1. Laura knight | 28th Jul 17

    Hi what can you substitute the oats with as Technically it is not raw or gluten free with oats. Thanks

    • Unsweetened Caroline | 30th Jul 17

      Hi Laura, oats are actually naturally gluten-free. They are often cross contaminated with gluten, but a lot of certified gluten-free oats are available. So the recipe can be made gluten-free. As for the oats, there are also raw oats available. If you want to substitute the oats, I would recommend raw almond flour. Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Masala Vegan | 21st Jun 16

    Oooh, delicious! Must try this out & congratulations on your blog!

  3. plantbasedweb | 20th Jun 16

    This donuts looks insane! Really love your first post, good job 🙂
    I also started blog today so we are in this together 😉

    • Unsweetened Caroline | 20th Jun 16

      Thank you so much! Let me know if you try them and best of luck with your blog. 🙂

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