While some of the currently popular raw food intrigues me I remain generally skeptical. This is called Daily Unadventures in Cooking after all. However, I was very interested in the Raw Donut Holes from Ani Phyo that popped up on Foods that Fit. I am a total sucker for anything covered in coconut.
The idea here is that you use dates and dried pineapple as a base and mix it with vanilla, coconut and raw almonds. Since I am a big fan of larabars which are also date and nut based it seemed worth attempting.
Her video made it look very easy, and it is pretty easy but I was unable to find dried pineapple already chopped so that took about 5 minutes, plus my dates weren’t really mooshy enough so I had to chop them up with scissors then moosh more which took a while. Lastly I only had large flake coconut so they didn’t turn out as pretty as Ani’s recipe, the darn coconut didn’t want to stick! So I just threw it in the mix and went for extra coconut-y balls!
Bottom line? Freaking delicious! This is a healthy recipe from the perspective of ingredients just don’t eat a dozen, they are calorically similar to a donut hole…
The other interesting thing I discovered in my foray into raw foods was nut-soaking. Sounds dirty right? No, seriously apparently soaking raw nuts makes them easier to digest?! Of course I wanted to make them in the same day so I soaked my almonds in cold water for about 4 hours then laid them out to dry. Hopefully not missing all the benefit, from what I gather from the net 12 hours is the recommended time.
I guess up next would be home sprouting? Yeah… seriously I am not ready for that I don’t think.
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1C raw almonds. (Soaked, drained and allowed to air dry.)
1C pitted dates
1C dried pineapple, chopped
1 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons shredded coconut
Pulse almonds in a food processor until a chunky meal is created, set aside. In a mixing bowl combine pineapple and dates and use your fingers to combine into a paste. Be prepared to be sticky! Scrape the vanilla seeds out of the vanilla bean and add along with the salt, almonds and 3 tablespoons of the coconut. Continue mixing. Roll into donut hole sized balls (about 1″) and roll in remaining coconut. Ingest and enjoy!
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