This is a healthy alternative to a traditionally fried dessert! These berlin balls are light and sweet, and aren't full of oil. Dig in!

Bolas De Berlim: Portugese Doughnuts [Vegan]



For the berlin balls:

  • 1/2 cup xylitol
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole spelt flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast

For the cream filling:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup almond milk (unheated)
  • 1/4 cup xylitol
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of curcuma (optional, just to give a yellow shade)


  1. Beat the xylitol with the coconut oil. Add the milk, flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and beat everything together.
  2. Shape and hold the dough in place using cookie cutters or aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Gently remove the cookie cutters/aluminum foil. Brush with coconut oil and roll the balls over xylitol.
  5. Allow them to cool completely. Off of the heat, mix all of the cream filling ingredients very well in a pot with a whisk. Bring to medium heat and stir until it begins to boil and thicken.
  6. Let it cook for a few minutes, until it is at the consistency you like.
  7. Remove, set aside and allow to cool. After the balls and the cream are cold, cut into the middle of the balls (carefully) and fill with the cream.
  8. Leftovers must be stored in the refrigerator.