No Bake Chocolate Donut Holes

Sweet balls of magical deliciousness. I think I just recreated a healthier version of mini donut holes!! These chocolate-y, rich, no-bake treats take only minutes to whip up AND pack quite the nutritional punch when it comes to snacking or looking for a guilt-free dessert. I hope you love them just as much as I do!

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Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1 1/2 cups coconut butter
2/3 cup almond butter
10 medjool dates
1 tbsp cacao
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt 
Garnish with: shredded coconut and cacao nibs

Method

Process all ingredients in food processor until sticky.

Gently roll into 1-2” balls.

Garnish with shredded coconut and finely chopped cacao nibs.

Best kept in freezer.

No-Bake Layered Goji Berry Citrus Cheesecake

Would you believe me if I told you this cheesecake is guilt-free, loaded with nutrients, and so healthy that you could eat it for breakfast? In partnership with Botanica Health, I bring you RAW VEGAN AND ALL THE THINGS - THIS you guys is one for the books! Plus dessert for breakfast? Now that’s what I call adulting.

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Goji Berries have long been enjoyed in ancient China and the Himalayas for their medicinal properties in treating eye, liver and kidney ailments. They're known for their abundance source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, zinc and fibre. Not to mention, their high in antioxidants. This super fruit contains all eight essential amino acids, and a single 4-ounce serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value of protein. Another good point to mention is that goji berries are a complex carbohydrate, meaning your blood sugar will slowly raise, reducing your risk of a sugar crash afterwards.

Be sure to buy your goji berries from a reputable source. Cheaper or imported brands have been known to contain sulphites, which are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. I love Botanica Health's Goji Berries, they're sweet, chewy and sourced from small farms where they are sun-dried and preserved naturally. 

Coconut Oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet with countless uses from cooking to beauty practices for your hair and skin. Coconut oil is a healthy fat, that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's). MCT's are absorbed quickly by the body and processed as a carbohydrate as a source of direct energy. A study published in 2007 found that a diet high in MCTs could potentially help with weight loss and lowering blood cholesterol levels. Coconut oil also contains natural microbial and antibacterial agents to help fight off viruses and bacteria.

When buying coconut oil, make sure to buy organic, 100% virgin and cold-pressed, these are the best tasting and of course have the best nutritional value. Botanica Health's Coconut Oil ticks all the boxes and is one of the best I've tasted.

NOTE: You can find both of these products at your local health food store, or order online by clicking here for the goji berries and here for the coconut oil.


Goji Berry Citrus Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup filtered water
3 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Goji Berry Orange Cheesecake Filling

1/4 cup goji berries
1/2 cup orange juice

Method

Throw the cashews, lemon juice, water, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Remove half of the lemon filling, and set aside. Add the goji berries and orange juice to the other half in the blender and blend until you get a creamy consistency. 

Crust

1 cup raw walnuts
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup shredded coconut
4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt

Method

Crush the walnuts and shredded coconut to crumbs in a food processor.

Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture is fine and sticky. 

Press into the bottom of a 6" springform pan and pour the first layer of lemon filling (make sure to tap the pan on the counter to even the filling and release air bubbles).

Freeze for 10 minutes as this will help solidify the filling before adding your second layer. Then pour the second layer of goji berry filling. You can add as many layers as you want by using this method.

Once satisfied, place your cheesecake in the freezer and let set for 3-4 hours or until completely firm. You can either serve frozen or let thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Best kept in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • If your dates are not sticky and moist, you can soak them in warm water for 10 minutes then drain. But to be sure to drain thoroughly and pat dry to prevent the crust from getting soggy.

  • To quick-soak cashews, pour boiling hot water over the cashews, soak for 1 hour uncovered, then drain and use as instructed.


Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique, for your individual health concerns, it is essential to discuss these with a Holistic Nutritionist or relevant health professional.

This recipe was sponsored by Botanica Health, however all opinions are my own. I only recommend products that I know, trust and love! Thank you for your ongoing support – I know you guys will love these products!

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