Thursday, 28 October 2010

Raw Vegan Donut Hole Recipes

These donut holes are sooOoo super easy to make I can't believe I haven't done it sooner! For any of you Canadians out there ... don't they look like Timbits??

The basic recipe is raw nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc ...) ground up into a flour and then mixed with dates (or raisins) that have been soaked and drained. Combine everything well in the food processor until the 'dough' begins to form a ball (add the dates slowly with the processor running). Roll into balls and refrigerate. Here are some variations on this basic recipe:

Almond Orange Donut Holes
  • 1 cup raw almonds, ground
  • 1 cup dates, soaked and drained
  • 1 orange, zested then juiced
  • raw sweetener (if desired)
Grind the almonds in the food processor. Add the orange zest and juice (and sweetener if using) and combine well. Then begin to add the soaked dates. You should see the mixture begin to take form. If needed you can also add a bit of the date soak water.

Some of them I also rolled in shredded, dried coconut!

Cardamom Spice Donut Holes


  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 cup dates, soaked & drained
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom, ground
  • raw sweetener (if desired, I think I put 1 tablespoon of raw honey in these)
You can roll a few of them in coconut for some variety (& it looks pretty too).

Chocolate Carob Donut Holes


  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 cup dates, soaked & drained
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or agave
It makes a very sticky "dough", but it is delicious!!

Middle Eastern Tahini Balls


  • 1 cup raw sesame seeds, ground in the blender
  • 1/2 cup dates, soaked & drained
  • 1/2 cup raw tahini
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw honey or agave
  • dash of vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
In a bowl mix the tahini, honey & vanilla. In the food processor combine the ground sesame seeds with the tahini mixture. Blend well and then start adding in the dates. Tahini can be quite bitter, so taste and add more honey if desired. Roll in whole sesame seeds.
I also made a batch of Ani Phyo's oatmeal raisin cookies, but I guess I didn't take a picture. The recipe is super simple and can made into balls or formed into the more traditional cookie shape.
  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1/4 cup dates, soaked & drained
  • 1/4 raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
Blend the oats in a food processor. Add the dates and combine well. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. If the mixture is too dry add some of the date soak water.

The possibilities here are endless really. I mostly used almonds as the base because that's what we had, but you can also experiment with seeds like flax and pumpkin. Other add-ins I might play around with in the future are fresh, grated ginger, fresh cherries, lime zest and other spices like nutmeg!
I made these treats for the guests (& staff) where I have been teaching yoga. The majority of these people don't eat raw, and probably didn't even realize they were raw, but enjoyed them anyway. I received lots of compliments.

2 comments:

seattlefarmette said...

I just came across your recipe for cardamom donut holes on goneraw.com and I wanted to say Hi because I happened to create the same recipe this fall! I think cardamom is the perfect thing to add to the raw donut hole formula - SO good. here's my recipe - basically the same as yours :) http://cookingpretty.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/cardamom-date-truffle/

Angel said...

Hi Seattle Farmette! Nice site. I love cardamom in everything!! It makes a great warm tea too. Thanks for making the jump from goneraw to my site (I was hoping to get some new readers from goneraw). Do you post on goneraw??

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