Cookie Dough Apple “Donut” Snacks + More Sweet Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes


When Hail Merry asked me to create some grain-free and dairy-free recipes using their new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons and Lemon Macaroons, I headed to the kitchen without hesitation. These amazingly soft coconut snacks (they even stay tender when frozen!) lend themselves to so many delicious ideas that my only problem was narrowing them down.

Since the macaroons are pleasantly sweet, I went the snack route with the following four healthy grain-free and dairy-free recipes – all of which are also gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan! You might even consider them “raw” (except for the melted chocolate in the ice cream).

The first recipe for Cookie Dough Apple “Donuts” is actually featured in this post! For the other three grain-free and dairy-free recipes, simply click through the link or image to head straight to the recipe on Hail Merry’s website. Enjoy!!

Healthy Cookie Dough Apple “Donut” Snacks (recipe below)

Sweet Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes: Healthy Cookie Dough Apple “Donut” Snacks

These donut-shaped apple slices are topped with a quick but luxurious, homemade cashew butter and delicious, nutritious, coconutty cookie dough bits.

Strawberry Lemon Creme Macaroon Tartlets

Sweet Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes: Strawberry Lemon Creme Macaroon Tartlets

Lemony macaroon shells are easily shaped and filled with a sweet-tart, dairy-free strawberry cream.

Coconutty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Sweet Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes: Coconutty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Ultra-creamy, naturally-sweetened, and generously spiked with straciatella-style shards of dark chocolate and tender bites of cookie dough macaroons.

Sweet, Savory ‘n Nutty Double Lemon Bites

Sweet Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes: Sweet Double Lemon Ricotta Bites

These snack-worthy delights are a wonderful combination of sweet and savory, and they can be enjoyed straight from the freezer! They stay wonderfully tender, even when frozen.

Special Diet Notes: Cookie Dough Apple “Donuts”

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and raw.

Ingredient Note: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons are widely distributed with Whole Foods and other natural food stores, but they can also be ordered online.

I’m submitting these grain-free and dairy-free recipes to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

Healthy Cookie Dough Apple “Donut” Snacks
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I created this easy, amazingly delicious little recipe for Hail Merry. See more of the grain-free and dairy-free recipes that I have whipped up on the Hail Merry website.
Serves: 4
  1. Place the cashews in a spice grinder or food processor*, and process until finely ground and beginning to clump. Add the coconut oil, vanilla, and salt, and process again until smooth and creamy.
  2. Finely dice the macaroons (they are easy to cut when chilled).
  3. Core the apples and slice horizontally into ¼- to ½-inch thick rounds.**
  4. Spread the cashew butter onto one side of each apple round. Top with cookie dough macaroon bits (be generous!), gently pressing into the cashew butter (they should settle in nicely).
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The coconut oil will help the cashew butter set up for a rich glaze that holds tight to those cookie dough bits. Devour.
*If using a medium to large food processor, you may want to double the batch of cashew butter. This would be 1 cup cashews, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and a dash of salt.

**If you are concerned about browning, you can toss the apple rounds with citrus juice (lemon, pineapple, orange).

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Okay, so clearly I HAVE to try Hail Merry next time I’m in the States! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and these recipes all look phenomenal. 🙂

  2. I lost my invite to this Hail Merry treat party. 😉 Seriously, I am crazy about the Hail Merry tarts – have 4 or 5 sitting in my fridge right now (thank heavens hubby stocked up)!

    Your ideas of incorporating the macaroons into other desserts are marvellous! Our girls would love those apple Donuts. Great stuff, Alisa!

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