|a light dusting of cinnamon finishes the look and taste of a cinnamon bun|
I invented these when I came in from a run hungry but not wanting to set myself back after some great physical exertion. I was craving something sugary, so I opted to fill myself with protein and simultaneously trick myself into thinking I was enjoying dessert.
Best of all? It's nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, corn-free--all sorts of allergen-free! How can you possibly say no?
Cinnamon Bun Bites
yields 12-14 balls or cubes
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dates
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (Red Ape is my absolute favorite!)
sprinkle sea salt
1/4 cup protein powder (I used organic hemp protein)
1/4 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons coconut milk (I used So Delicious Original Coconut Milk)
1-1/2 tablespoons white rice flour or tapioca flour
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1. Food process the seeds and dates, pulsing several times. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, salt and protein powder and 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk.
|Pulse the seeds and dates a few times first|
|then add the gluten-free oats, protein powder, cinnamon, salt and coconut milk|
3. Line a container/dish with plastic wrap, and use the bottom of a mug or measuring cup to flatten the dough. (Alternately, you can roll the dough into balls). Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to firm up.
|Layer plastic wrap down into your pan or dish before pressing the mixture in|
|Fold plastic wrap over the mixture and press firmly to set/shape|
|try to make it evenly flat and then chill|
|Once chilled, invert onto clean surface or cutting board|
|if it's a little thick (like frosting) add more coconut milk until it is an icing consistency|
|for even and easy-clean up: pour icing into a plastic bag and snip off the corner.|
|drizzle to your heart's content|
|optional: sprinkle cinnamon across the top|
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge: it will keep well for several days. Enjoy with a cup of herbal tea for the ultimate treat!