No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Donut Holes sounds like a mouthful but one bite and I’m pretty sure you’ll love them as much as I do and understand why I cannot stop eating them. Last time I got smart and made a double batch, yep 4 dozen!
I’ve wanted to share these for over a week!! It was like having this huge secret and wanting to share it. The only thing that was stopping me was time. I couldn’t find 20 minutes to get it on Instagram and couldn’t find a couple hours to get it posted here. It was a crazy week. Not going to lie also a good one as I fit in a much needed me day that included a trip to the spa for a message followed by trying to do something with my hair. Postpartum hair loss hasn’t been fun and I finally made a trip to the salon to try to do something with what I had. Then we had lots of fun times with a bridal shower for my soon to be, basically already is, sister-in-law, and cherishing these last moments of summer.
I was working on back to school recipes and while the kids like the 3 versions I made I’m the most obsessed with these and don’t want to share. Even making a version I don’t have to! Even straight from the fridge they almost melt in your mouth and that sweet sweet cinnamon sugar… so good I just close my eyes for a minute and just relax, just one minute though because I’m a mom of 3. Three from infant to teen, so yep a minute is blissful!
I started out with a plan to make just No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, which are coming along with a couple others, but after making a few different batches I went to make one last batch for myself with a few tweaks. Little did I know those few tweaks and additions would be pretty life changing! Since I’ve made and tested a few more and they’re so I have ones I eat for anytime, but for me I eat them before a workout.
Then another version with a couple bonuses to help with lactation which I eat for snack or breakfast. ALL FOR ME, well and Baby G indirectly. That means even more reason to enjoy these delicious No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Donut Holes! Yep I wake up some mornings grab my coffee and I’m like gotta have my donut holes, maybe with a little smirk on my face. Honestly though they’ve been a huge game changer in the mornings.
So besides being delicious what makes these No Bake Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Donut Holes so good you might be thinking. They’re made with healthy whole food ingredients! Oats, almond flour, dates, sweet potato, flaxseed (can be omitted if you don’t have them)…. sweetened with pure maple syrup and optional boosts like collagen, brewers yeast, and even adaptogens or protein powder. I’ll go over all of these in the notes and below but before I break all the nutrition down feel free to scroll right down to the recipe if you can’t wait and want to make them now. Don’t worry I don’t blame you I’d probably do the same thing!
Oats may help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, and are heart healthy. They’re a healthy carb, packed with fiber, and a rich source of phytochemicals. Oats while the studies are on both ends of the spectrum on if they really do help with lactation or if it’s a wives tale they make a great base for any energy bite. They’re packed with healthy carbs, fiber, iron, and a rich source of phytochemicals. They are also heart healthy, helping to lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.
Almonds (almond flour) are good for your health. They may help lower cholesterol, help keep blood sugar stable, and help reduce inflammation. Essential fatty acids that are in almonds, and nuts in general, are known to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Almonds also pack vitamin E, manganese, and selenium, which help keep your hair shiny. The vitamin E in almonds can also help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. They’re also packed with good fats, fiber and protein, they can help make skin supple, smooth and younger looking. They are also good for heart, brain, and metabolism health. Almond Flour is high in protein and essential fatty acids! Amino acids in nuts are building blocks for serotonin which aids in lactation. The best nuts for improving milk production are almonds. Almonds are high in omega 3 which helps hormones product more milk.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. They are easy to digest and are also beneficial since they do not tend to increase the blood sugar levels significantly in spite of their high carbohydrate/starch content which makes them great for energy. I recently learned they’re rich in Biotin which is why I’m eating them almost daily to help with post partum hair loss. They are also said to help with boosting milk supply and are one of the healthiest foods to consume postpartum.
Dates are one of my favorite pre workout snacks! Medjool dates are great for energy and a natural sweetener that are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Pure maple syrup is contains manganese, zinc, magnesium, and potassium along with other minerals.
Raw honey is rich in vitamins and minerals and my choice for sweetener in these bites, maple syrup or agave can also be used. Local honey is best for helping with allergies as well.
Coconut oil for some healthy fats to help keep you full (satisfied) and for energy and a metabolism boost.
Cinnamon not only smells and tastes good it’s said to help with reducing and stabilizing blood sugar, helping reduce inflammation, may help in reducing heart disease, and it’s packed with antioxidants!
Ground Flax Seed adds Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Lignans in flax seed have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flax seed is packed with soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for everyone. Like sesame seeds, flaxseed has phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
Brewer’s yeast (the one ingredient I leave out of the families cookies) is a healthy nutritional supplement that contains B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium, selenium, and other minerals. It can not only help produce more breast milk, but it may also give you more energy, have a positive effect on your mood and get rid of the baby blues.
I’ve been using collagen for a few years to help with recovery from exercise, aging, gut health, ect. I originally starting using it for joint and bone health. Now I take it for many reasons including for my hair, skin, and nails as postpartum hair loss has been the worst with this pregnancy and until Baby G is 6 months we won’t do further testing to see if anything else might be off postpartum so for now I’m just trying to do what I can to keep as much hair as I can from falling out. If you want you can do the research on this as there is a lot of it out there but it supports healthy hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
If you’ve stuck with me this long I bet your head might be spinning but you also might be thinking with all these amazing health benefits why not give them a try! I have a feeling that when you do you will be shocked with how delicious they are and you’ll understand why I’m so obsessed with them. Honestly every mama I know is going to get a couple dozen of them from now on when they’re little ones are born. No more lactation cookies for presents, well maybe both.
It’s the last week of “summer” and the girls go back to school next week. I’m pretty sure it will be emotional, blaming hormones, as I try to balance it all and figure out our new normal with just me and Baby G at home. With new adventures starting right after as we start baby led weaning/feeding.
Cherishing ever last minute of summer while we can and hope you do too!
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