When I started to think about the perfect sweet afternoon treat, or a Dairy Free addition to the Iftar table, I wanted to create something that was packed with protein and a little similar to the traditional ‘Syrup soaked’ Turkish treats that we savored growing up! 🙂

One of my favorites was the Revani Turkish cake that’s made with semolina flour, soaked in a lemon-flavored simple syrup. Absolutely delicious and so sweet that a small helping was more than enough!

So when I came up with this Sticky Date Donut, I wanted to create a DF and GF alternative, that looked not only inviting but after just 1 piece, you’re left with enough flavour and richness that going back for seconds may just happen the following day! 🙂

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx

High Protein Dairy and Gluten Free – Sticky Date Donuts


Makes 12 Donuts

Prep time: 15mins

Cook time: 25mins

2 cups dates (chopped and soaked in boiling water)

1 cup boiling water

¾ cup chickpea flour

1 cup almond flour

¾ cup organic coconut sugar

½ cup raw organic coconut oil melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan/180°C and grease your mini donut pans.
  2. In a large jug or bowl add your dates and pour over the boiled water, leave to soak while you prepare the mixture.
  3. Add the egg, coconut oil, sugar mix with a whisk thoroughly to combine.
  4. Next add the dates, you’ll notice they will have plumped up, and broken down a little.
  5. Slowly add in the chickpea and almond flours, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and stir with spatula until combined.
  6. Spoon into your donut pans.
  7. Pop into the oven for 20-25mins.
  8. To test if the donut is ready, insert a toothpick, if it’s ready it will come out clean, they will also be bouncy to the touch.

Best eaten warm, can also be reheated for 30 seconds in the microwave 🙂

For extra sweetness and stickiness – Melt some vegan butter in a pan and add some maple syrup. Stir for just 1-2 minutes before pouring over donut.

Serving Size: 1 Donut without extra syrup

Nutrition Facts:

Cal: 244

Carbohydrate: 25.5 g

Fat: 12.4 g

Protein: 5.1 g