We’re pleased to share a cross-post from customer, blogger, and health coach Rachel Druckenmiller’s blog, Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen. As a wellness consultant and certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Rachel uses Hometown Harvest bag ingredients to craft tasty, interesting recipes that are healing and nutritious. Enjoy!
“These satisfy my sweet tooth without eating Little Debbie Donut Bites!”
“These won’t make it home!”
And finally, “So, there’s no sugar in these?”
These were just a few of the comments made by a donut-loving friend last night as he was enjoying a new treat I prepared for our church small group that we host each Tuesday.
I had never made them before, so I didn’t know what to expect. They were a huge hit, so you can bet I will be making them again, given the response! I never thought they would be compared to donut holes in terms of taste and texture, but I’ll take it!
They are SO easy to make, too. They’ll become a new staple in your house, I’m sure!
Raw Energy Bites AKA Healthy “Donut” Holes
Ingredients (see notes below regarding substitutions & where to find ingredients*)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 cup raw almond butter or Squirrelly Tail butter (seed & nut blend)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- unsweetened, shredded organic coconut
- In the food processor fitted with the “s” blade, grind the almonds and walnuts until finely ground.
- Add the dates, raisins, spices, and salt and grind to a fine meal.
- Add the nut butter and vanilla extract and process again until completely mixed.
- Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut.
I put mine in the fridge for about an hour, so they would firm up a little bit, but you can enjoy them right away, if you’d like!
*Ingredient & Substitution Notes
- Can’t have walnuts or almonds? Use any other nuts or seeds in this recipe instead!
- You find Medjool dates in the produce section of the grocery store OR online. We buy ours at BJs Wholesale club in a big container.
- If you don’t have cardamom, you can sub in ground ginger, more cinnamon or a combo of nutmeg and cinnamon instead.
- Feel free to switch up your nut butters for different flavors. Try any of the new organic GMO-free Blind Spot nut butters from Hometown Harvest.
- You can find unsweetened, shredded coconut in the baking aisle of most grocery stores or online here. We buy ours at MOMs in bulk.