Recipe: Healthy chewy no-bake mini doughnuts
The urge to binge on food at the first hint of chilly weather may be deeply ingrained in our biological makeup. It’s a survival impulse from an earlier time, when our bodies would have tried to store up all the calories they could to help us survive in times of scarcity.
But why are we more likely to crave chocolate cake, croissants, and cheese in the winter months? According to author Laura Cipullo those cravings are “hedonic hunger”.
If you respond to it by indulging in high-sugar, high-fat foods, you’re going to cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, followed by a dip which will leave you feeling colder and hungrier than before – causing the entire cycle to start again, putting you at risk of putting on weight due to excess calorie consumption.
While you can indulge in moderation every once in a while, we can certainly choose to satisfy our appetites in healthier ways, too. These healthy chewy no-bake mini doughnuts by Food24.com are perfect for when those colder days cravings hit!
Healthy chewy no-bake mini doughnuts
(18 servings; Prep: 15 mins; Cooking: 15 mins)
½ cup walnuts
½ cup cashew nuts – raw
¼ oats – gluten-free
1 cup dates – pitted
1 Tbs syrup – maple, honey
1 tsp cinnamon – ground
sea salt – pinch
2 tsp coconut oil
1 Tbs water
1 Tbs nut butter – almond
100g dark chocolate – 70%
sea salt – Madon, flakes, for garnish
Place the walnuts, cashew nuts and oats in a processor. Pulse until the nuts and oats are broken down and quite fine.
Add the dates, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil, water, vanilla and nut butter. Pulse to combine and the mixture comes together in a ball.
Roll teaspoon amounts into evenly sized balls. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, press a hole in the centre of each. Place the doughnuts on a lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
Dip the doughnuts in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt, if using. Store in a sealed container in the freezer or fridge if you prefer a softer texture.
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