Sunday, February 5, 2012

Choclate Charlies--Raw Vegan "Donut Holes"

In an attempt to serve a nutrition packed kid snack,  I scoured the world of food blogs and was inspired by many raw nutritional bar and snack recipes.  I would say that this recipe was my favorite and most inspirational.  Check out Brownie Fifteens, from an amazing blog called Healthful Pursuit

What I like about the recipes I found  is that it they contain  all raw ingredients and can be adapted to anything you have in your kitchen. Plus it contains a SUPER-FOOD, spirulina! 

Spirulina is blue-green algae and "is a powerful blood cleanser due to its rich source of chlorophyll. It contains roughly ten times the amount of chlorophyll in green vegetables per volume. Chlorophyll helps build red blood cells in the body and provides an easily absorbable form of magnesium. This combination helps oxygenate the blood stream and removes organic toxins.keep reading about spirulina here...

Here is what you will need: (I double or triple the ingredients to make extra!)

(I purchase all organic ingredients)
8 dates (remove pit)
1/2  cup raw cashews
2 tsp spirulina powder
1 tbs raw cacao nibs
1 tbs mini vegan chocolate chips
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic and gluten free rice crispy cereal

In food processor:
Process cashews until they form a meal.  Cut the dates in half and remove pits. Process dates and cashews.  Add the spirulina, nibs, chocolate chips and vanilla. Process until dough forms a ball and comes away from sides of the processor bowl.  Add the cereal and pulse a few time until it is incorporated.   Using a teaspoon, scoop some dough and then use your hand to form balls.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here are some substitute ingredients in case you don't have the other ingredients on hand.

In place of cashews:                         In place of dates:
Sunflower seeds                                 Raisins
Walnuts                                              Figs
Almonds                                            Prunes
Peanuts                                              Dried apricots

You can also:
* use coco powder instead of chocolate chips.
* use pure maple syrup instead of vanilla
* omit the rice cereal and add some more nuts to pulse in at the end.

Not only are these super nutritious, but they are so delicious and please the palate of my most critical child.  Enjoy!