Raw desserts are my new favourite discovery,made with a variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruits, they are both nutritious, decadent, delicious and compassionate (ie. no animal parts used in the making). Most are made with a blender and chilled in the fridge before enjoying.
My first ever raw dessert experience was the cashew cheese cake which was a major success. Since then I’ve ventured into a couple different raw brownies and raw chocolate and this morning I ventured into raw cinnamon buns!!!!
Cinnamon buns are very reminiscent of childhood for us; our mum used to whip up the most amazing buns most weekends. They were always best straight out of the oven, all gooey and crispy with flakey but dense pastry that melted in your mouth… Oh the wonders of white flour, butter and sugar. So seductive but so evil, spiking our blood sugar, acidifying our pH balance and making us fat. Well I do cherish those memories of freshly baked goods (that were balanced with a varied and healthy diet, thanks mum!) There is very little part of me that wants those sorts of things anymore, because I have discovered something better in so many ways! The world of raw desserts…google image search raw dessert and you’ll see what I mean!
Back to the cinnamon buns…
Now obviously these don’t taste that much like tradition cinnamon buns, but there is some familiarity there and they are scrumptious in their own way so it doesn’t really matter!! You are definitely getting your quota of healthy, beneficial fats and protein in these bad boys as they are choka block FULL of nuts, all kinds of nuts too…we don’t discriminate.
Here’s what you do:
1 cup almond meal and 1/4 cup hazelnut meal (or all almond if that’s easier)
1 1/4 cup ground flax
1 TBS cinnamon
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
Himalayan rock salt
Mix above ingredients in a bowl and set aside, this will form the dough later for the outside of the buns.
1 cup soft pitted dates (I had the cheap hard ones so just soaked them for a bit to soften)
1 tsp vanilla
In a food processor, combine above ingredients to form a paste
Remove half of the paste and add it to the dry ingredients you had set aside.
Also add to the dry mixture:
1/4 melted coconut oil
1/4 cup raw agave or raw honey or mixture of both
Combine with your hands to form a ball of dough
Spread on parchment with a rolling pin till about 1/4 inch thick. You’ll need parchment on both sides as its sticky dough.
To the remaining date paste left in the processor add:
1/8 cup raisins (or more if you really dig raisins)
1/8 cup walnuts or pecans
1 TBS cinnamon
And process again lightly, you want it a bit chunky.
Spread paste on dough, top with extra nuts just for good measure!!
Roll it up carefully and tightly, use the parchment paper to help you roll it up
Chill in the fridge for a bit just to set.
Slice it up and enjoy. I had one cold out of the fridge and one warmed in the oven. Both were really good, I think the warm one took gold.
My oh my I almost forgot to mention the icing!!! Guess what it’s made of?!?! Yep, more nuts!! I could literally eat this stuff by the spoonful, which is pretty much what I was doing….
In a food processor combine until smooth:
1 cup soaked cashews (I had mine soaking while I was making the buns)
1 TBS coconut oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Dash of cinnamon
1 TBS toasted coconut (I had this leftover from the creamy coconut rice I made the night before, not essential but recommended for sure!)
Dash of stevia or other sweetener
About 1/8 cup water to thin
This icing really finishes them off!! I added extra because it was just so good…
Yum. It’s a good thing I don’t have a nut allergy that’s all I can say!!
I made these early in the am while I was sipping my chai tea. I had a master plan to make the buns then chill them while I was making my green juice, drink said juice, mow said bun. Then this happened…
The freaking glass exploded while i was securing aluminium foil on it!!!! All because Ali was still asleep so I was going to keep it in the fridge for her… What kind of messed up karma is that?! There was juice everywhere, it was a nightmare. I’m just so glad I had my cinnamon buns to make everything all better!