I’ve been staring at a blank page for half an hour. I don’t know what to say about these. They’re just insanely good, quick, easy and you have to make them.
I love anything that makes walnuts edible for me. I really dislike ‘em. But I want to eat them. I want to like them. But the texture is so… gritty. I think walnuts give me that feeling that most people get when they hear nails scratching a chalkboard. I just can’t handle it. But here you can’t taste them and there’s no funky texture!
And that all the sweetness comes from dates and raisins is just crazy. I know the nut and date thing isn’t new, but it’s new to me. And I can’t wait to see what else is possible with just dates as the sweetener! Anyone have any favorite date sweetened recipes?
Thanks to Heidi, I have a new favorite totally no-sugar added snack. I’ll leave out the frosting in the future because these were already pretty sweet. They were so sweet (although not overly) that I actually checked if my dates and raisins were sweetened. They weren’t.
I used 1/2 cup each of extra oats and oat bran at the end, but you can add more if you like. Or you can add less. It all depends on what you like. You could also add other fruit or chocolate chips or whatever you feel like. These are pretty adaptable so do what you think sounds good. :)
Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (gluten-free and vegan)
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- Yield: 24 1" balls
- ¾ cup (75 grams) walnuts
- ¾ cup (67 grams) rolled or traditional oats (non-contaminated for GF)
- 1 cup (180 grams) dates
- ¾ cups (180 grams) raisins
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ - 1 cup (60 - 120 grams) oat bran or more oats
- ½ - 1 cup (45 - 90 grams) rolled or traditional oats
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened but not melted
- 2 tablespoons honey (agave for vegan)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the balls:
For the frosting:
- In your food processor, grind the walnuts and oats until there are no more large chunks and then set aside. Add the dates and raisins to the food processor and process until it's smooth, and then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
- Process until thoroughly combined and then add the oat and nut mixture. Pulse. At this point, you can start adding oat bran and more rolled oats.
- Add ¼ cup of each, pulse, see if you like the consistency, and if you want even more bran and oats, add more, a little at a time. You don't want them to get too dry.
- Roll tightly into balls. You'll have to squeeze them together to get them to stick, but it'll work.
- For the frosting, stir everything together and pipe onto the balls or just spoon a little bit over. These are already pretty sweet so you might not want it.
Adapted from Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bars - Food Doodles