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Spiced Maple Glazed Donut Holes (Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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It’s been a while since I’ve last posted and I’m really excited to be back sharing with you these Spiced Maple Glazed Donut Holes. I know you’re just gonna love them! Other than being raw, of course, they’re gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar free and not to mention absolutely dee-lish! So, hopefully they’ll help you forgive me for my long absence (winky-face)!

While I was traveling so much earlier in the year I brought these babies with me as my to go to snacks and breakfast. They’re so easy to pack, they’re hearty so they keep you feeling energized and satisfied and I mean who doesn’t love donut holes?? They’re basically a guilt-free dessert so it’s a win-win situation!

One huge key to SUCCESS on the raw food diet is meal prepping in advance. I love snacks like these because you can easily make them in advance and have them on hand in the fridge for up to a week. Another thing I like to do is make and abundance at once and then freeze them so I always have something on hand.

Since I’m not one who loves to cook, the raw food diet is right up my alley. For most basic recipes like this, all you need is a food processor to blend them up, scoop them out and into the freezer or fridge they go.  There’s no dirty pans to scrape or big mess to clean up afterwards!

Actually let me clarify, I’m a FOODIE so I enjoy cooking a lot and I enjoy EATING a lot but what I DON’T enjoy is the clean up process of cooked foods. That’s why raw foods work so well for me personally cause I feel like it’s much less mess to follow after, especially those dirty greasy pans that you have to scrape down afterwards. Do you know what I mean?

The raw food diet is all about SIMPLICITY. On an average day  I keep my meals super simple with smoothies, salads and snacks like these donut holes. I stick to the basics to keep me fueled to get through my long days that require a lot of energy. Then on the weekend I like to pull out my chefs hat and get more fancy enjoying tasty recipes that require more preparation to make.

If your’re a fibromyalgia warrior and don’t have much energy, especially if you’re just starting out keep it SIMPLE. When I first started out on this lifestyle and was still suffering from fibro flare-ups I lived off smoothies, fresh fruit and salads just to get these medicine-like nutrients into my body to get me healing. As I gained more energy I started to diversify based on my energy levels.

If you’re a FIBRO-FIGHTER, first I want to say I’m so happy you’re here! You’re in the right place. Second I’d love to know what challenges you’re facing in transitioning to the raw food lifestyle or the idea of it, let me know in the comments below! And if you’re not a fibro-fighter I’m happy you’re here too and would love to hear from you just as much!

These spiced donut holes are also KID-FRIENDLY. While I was visiting my nephew who’s five years old we spent a lot of time in the kitchen together making healthy fun recipes that he taste-tested and approved for me and these were one of them! Those are some precious moments spent together and kids at that age soak up like a sponge the information we give them. So it’s so important to educate them on how important the food they put into their bodies.

He loves his veggie juice and knows all the ingredients to make different yummy juice recipes and when he’s not feeling well he even asks for a glass cause he knows that’s what his body needs. How precious is that? Ugh I love that kid! Point being it’s never too early to start teaching kids HEALTHY habits!

These Spiced Maple Glazed Donut Holes are also quite versatile so you can use any spice of choice or leave them out altogether. They make for a great breakfast on the go, a midday snack or if you’re having a sweet tooth and want something to satisfy it.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Buckwheat is a complex carbohydrate, it is high in fiber and high in niacin. It takes the body longer to digest complex carbohydrates, therefore, it prevents blood sugar levels from spiking, fiber helps keep you full and also aids in digestion and niacin can help lower LDL ("the bad") cholesterol. Plus, Buckwheat is a whole grain and it is gluten free making it a perfect choice for people who are gluten intolerant or want to incorporate more whole grains into their diet.

By Camryn Goldstein
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Spiced Maple Glazed Donut Holes (Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free)

  • Prep Time:20 minutes (+6 hours of soaking time +30 minutes freezing time )
  • Cook Time:N/A
  • Servings: 16

Ingredients

DONUT HOLES
1 cup cashews, soaked 6+ hours then drained and rinsed
1 cup buckwheat flour
11 medjool dates, pitted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 heaping teaspoon nutmeg

GLAZE
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE THE DONUT: 1)Process all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky “dough” forms 2) Scoop out the mix into a bowl 3)Using a tablespoon (or melon scooper)  balls scoop out the “dough” and roll into balls and put in the freezer until cold and firm (20-30 minutes).
  2.  TO MAKE THE GLAZE: Add the coconut oil and maple syrup to a small bowl and whisk together until it forms a caramel-like consistency. Dip the donut holes (once taken out of the freezer) into the glaze making sure to cover completely in the syrup and put them back into the freezer until the glaze has hardened. Repeat until all the glaze is used up. It may be 2 or 3 times each time make sure to re-whisk the glaze mixing it together well.
TO MAKE THE DONUT: 1)Process all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky “dough” forms 2) Scoop out the mix into a bowl 3)Using a tablespoon (or melon scooper)  balls scoop out the “dough” and roll into balls and put in the freezer until cold and firm (20-30 minutes).  TO MAKE THE GLAZE: Add the coconut oil and maple syrup to a small bowl and whisk together until it forms a caramel-like consistency. Dip the donut holes (once taken out of the freezer) into the glaze making sure to cover completely in the syrup and put them back into the freezer until the glaze has hardened. Repeat until all the glaze is used up. It may be 2 or 3 times each time make sure to re-whisk the glaze mixing it together well.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 138; Total Fat: 6 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 2 mg; Potassium: 218 mg; Carbohydrate: 22 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 13 g; Protein: 3 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 0%; Vitamin A: 1%; Iron: 3%; Calcium: 9%

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  1. Amy Unruh

    I keep trying to get onto a raw food diet, but it’s very difficult. I like that I feel better when just doing raw foods, but I have to have all my meals raw or it doesn’t help. Any cooked food just saps me, but it’s so difficult to do all raw foods and still cook for my family. I love food, and cooking it, smelling it, it’s so difficult. I’m not satisfied on just raw foods, and I can’t seem to get past the detox phase. Prep work can be really hard when you have chronic fatigue, and cutting a slice of cheese is much easier. I know I could do this a lot easier if I was doing lots of treats, but it’s too sugary and dates are expensive. Plus, again, the prep work.

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