Rawdorable Goodies – Part 1

For ages now, I have been wanting to make some goodies from my friend, Shannonmarie's blog, Rawdorable. When she posts her marvelous creations, I keep a mental note of which ones I want to try out as I practically drool over my keyboard. See, she has a sweet tooth, just like me, so a lot of her ingenious creations are on the sweet side. What really pulled me in were her "mallowmars" - A cookie base topped with thick vanilla cream, drizzled with chocolate! OMG! To be honest, I've never even heard of a mallowmar, much less tried one, but whatever - it looks great and I want to try one!

Today unexpectedly became the day for this project! I found myself with some time on my hands this afternoon so I rolled up my sleeves, put on my apron, and got to work. I had a bit of a time actually finding all the recipes I wanted (because she has so many posts that I tend to get lost), but eventually found what I was looking for - the recipes for donut holes. Now, I've never cared for donuts (I occasionally ate them when I was a child), but when I saw the pics of Shannon's donuts....well lets just say I knew I had to make them! Oh, the possibilities! This is just the beginning of Donut Land...Shannon has heaps of variations - practically a new one every few days it seems.
I decided to start with Ani Phyo's Banana Nut Donut Holes. If you like bananas, then these are for you! Fortunately I had some bananas that I dehydrated a few weeks ago, and wasn't sure when I'd ever get around to eating or using them. Puuurfect! I made these into both holes and donuts.

Banana Nut Donut Holes

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
5 dehydrated bananas, chopped
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1/4 cup shredded coconut
In a food processor, chop almonds and pecans into small bits.
Slowly add bananas, dates and vanilla bean, and process until dough is mixed well. Using an ice cream scooper, form dough into donut-hole-size rounds. Roll in shredded coconut.

I used my hands to roll them into balls (not an icecream scoop), and opted for a lucuma coating, rather than rolling them in coconut. I also left some of my donuts plain (but plain is not "plain" because these are bursting with flavour!) You can really taste the banana in these. I love it!

Now, because Im a chocolate lover, I added cacao and carob powder to half of the dough for chocolate balls, and rolled some of them in a cacao/cinnamon mixture. Soft, sweet, and chocolatey.

Mmmm...I've got balls comin out the ying yang! Ok, onto my next project. Rawgalongs , Samoraws, and Mallowmars - but you'll have to stay tuned for my next post because these cookies are currently in my dehydrator to "bake" and then get covered in their respective toppings. In the meantime, get out the ol' food processor along with your nuts/dates, and give these yummies a try. Add your favourite flavours to create something new!

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5 Comments
  1. February 3, 2008 at 02:49
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    oh my goodness what decadent, luscious-looking treats!! yum!! I have Ani Phyo's "cook"book, and that donut hole recipe is in there (and it's PHENOMENAL).

  2. February 3, 2008 at 20:20
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    Those look so yummy. One day i will have to try it whenever i get a dehydrator.

  3. February 4, 2008 at 03:10
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    I just shredded a coconut and signed on to your blog to see if I could find a recipe for it...low and behold, exactly what I was looking for!<br /><br />I made your mexican feast for my carnivorous fiance and he loved it...it was fantastic! I love your blog -- it keeps me sane out here in Japan where the only thing raw is the sushi!

  4. February 4, 2008 at 04:38
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    veggiegirl - thanks! Yes, these are sooo good, i really recommend! I think its the dried bananas that give it an extra "zing". <br /><br />luvey - you can make these without a dehydrator. they just need to be chilled. thats the great part!<br /><br />jp - oh, its so great that you made the mexican feast! I find it tastes so much like the "real" thing, lol. Oooh, you are lucky to get the best sushi in the world! I love to order a hand wrap (no rice - they always look at me strangely), with salmon, avocado, and cucumber. Mmmmm!

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