Vegan Apple Donuts Snack with Healthy Cookie Dough Topping


When Hail Merry asked me to create some grain-free and dairy-free recipes using their Cookie Dough Bites, 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. But I eventually landed on this healthy snack recipe for vegan cookie dough apple “donuts.”

Vegan Apple Donuts Snack with Healthy Cookie Dough Topping - also gluten-free, with nutritious sugar-free "icing"

This fast, easy, and delicious sweet recipe includes a healthy, homemade, vanilla cashew butter that sets up like magic shell when briefly refrigerated. This helps to hold those yummy cookie dough bits in place!

Vegan Apple Donuts Snack with Healthy Cookie Dough Topping - also gluten-free, with nutritious sugar-free "icing"I’m I submitted this healthy vegan apple donut snack with cookie dough topping to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Apple Donuts Snack

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

Healthy Vegan Apple Donuts Snack
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This delicious snack has a vanilla cashew butter "magic shell" to hold the toppings in place and act like a healthy, sugar-free icing. You can use another nut, like almonds, if preferred.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 raw macaroons (see Cookie Options below)
  • 2 medium organic apples
  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.
Cookie Options: I used Hail Merry Cookie Dough Bites. Other tasty store-bought options are Emmy's Macaroons or Enjoy Life Soft-Baked Cookies. For healthy homemade options, try my Raw Cookie Dough Bites or Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls. Both are vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

*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).

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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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