Donuts- whaaat?! I know that’s what you are thinking. Don’t worry! My version, which are Raw Chocolate Covered Almond Donut Holes, are another yummy treat that will redefine donuts to be something totally new and amazing and not set you back or make you super bloated :).
They are made with healthy ingredients like pre-soaked almonds. And no need to worry about sugar highs or rushes with these guys. Your body will be fueled with Nature’s goodness, without any feelings of being deprived.
Let’s check out of few of the ingredients and then the easy step-by-steps!
Choose Raw Cacao over Regular Cocoa
Whether it’s dark chocolate chips or cacao powder, just remember that dark chocolate is made from cacao.
While you may be tempted to use regular ole cocoa powder, read the next line! Both cacao and cocoa powders come from the same original source—the Theobroma cacao tree—and how it is processed is what makes the difference.
Cocoa can be used sometimes, when sourcing is an issue, however it may contain added sugar or other sweeteners. On the other hand, cacao is the raw form of the cacao bean, which is less processed—having more powerful antioxidant effects and health benefits.
So the raw form of cacao is what you will want to look for when prepping for this recipe.
What’s great about this healthier option, is that cacao promotes feelings of love and joy, rather than the sugar rushes that other chocolates provide.
Cacao can improve your memory, increase your bliss, shed unwanted fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy! It’s no wonder I love chocolate so much!
Adding cacao is small amounts will provide just enough to make us happy and give our bodies the beauty, health, and vibrancy it deserves—without overstimulating and taxing our nervous system.
Better Digestion with Pre-soaked Almonds
Did you know that nuts (and seeds), have a natural component that repels predators so that they can grow to full maturity? That’s right! This is one of the reasons it’s important to pre-soak them before consuming.
Phytic acid is the major defense mechanism in nuts. When we eat something that contains phytic acid, the acid binds to minerals (like; zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, and manganese), in the gastrointestinal tract .
Once the acid binds to these minerals, it can inhibit our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly. This goes against the whole idea behind Beauty Detox Solution and ensuring we are receiving the best nutrients as is possible.
However, phytic acid can be removed Beauties! And now you know why I’m always encouraging you to deactivate this acid by giving your nuts a soak.
You body will thank you and you will thank your body. Who needs indigestion when you’re trying to enjoy a yummy treat? Not me!
Rather, let’s soak in their life force ability that’s found in their incredible storehouse of nutrients, and flourish to our highest potential.
All the ingredients in this recipe make it so that you don’t have to worry if you’re combining correctly.
I really try to encourage ***simplifying***your meals to as few components as possible. If you remember this one tip alone, you will make a big impact on optimizing your digestive functioning with less energy.
Taking a closer look at the list of ingredients in these donuts, we have; shredded coconut, pre-soaked almonds (very important), dates, raw cacao, sea salt, maple syrup, sea salt, coconut nectar, and coconut oil. Simple, simple, simple. By the way, dried fruit (dates), combines okay with nuts.
Perhaps you are wondering about the almonds and combining them with the dates. When it comes to almonds (or any nuts), I do consider them a protein food, and thus, I don’t combine them with a starch.
Nuts, as with seeds, combine with all raw vegetables, other nuts and seeds, and dried fruit.
I know it can be confusing at times, and that’s why I try, again, just for now- keep your meals as simple as possible. You can check out The Beauty Detox Solution for more info on food combining, if you are interested.
Keep your meals and desserts simple! That is by far the most important thing to remember, and in this recipe (and all my recipes), I’ve done all the guess-work for you.
Let’s get to it…I’m ready for THIS afternoon treat!
Add the coconut to the blender.
Add the pre-soaked almonds.
Add the dates.
Add the salt.
Add the coconut nectar and blend on high speed. Add a tablespoon of water until you reach desired texture. Roll into balls or “donut shapes” and place in freezer for about 30 minutes.
For the chocolate drizzle, add the raw cacao powder to a medium size bowl.
Add the melted cacao butter.
Add the maple syrup and mix until you have a smooth consistency.
Dip donuts into the chocolate. Top with optional toppings: crushed almonds, sea salt, dark chocolate shavings, shredded coconut etc. Place in fridge a baking sheet to harden for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!