I haven't been able to shake the craving for something cinnamon-ny and sweet lately. The other day after my lady friends and I took their kids tobogganing, we went for tea and hot chocolate at Tim Hortons' (for my international pals, Tim Hortons is the most popular coffee shop chain in Canada, founded by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, Tim Horton). As I ordered a large peppermint tea at the counter, my gaze turned to the racks of freshly made doughnuts, in particular the doughnut holes (in Canada, we call them "Tim Bits") and I felt my mouth begin to salivate. I rushed home and whipped up a batch of sweet, dense, spiced little gems that were as good as any Tim Bits, and maybe even better, as they were free of white flour, white sugar and a whole host of mystery chemicals. Oh and did I mention, they're raw?
Raw Vegan "Tim Bits"
- 1 1/2 cups raw flaked oats
- 2 cups raw Brazil nuts
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (it's not raw, so you can sub it our for 1/4 cup raw agave if you're serious about the raw-someness!)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
In your trusty food processor, pulse the oats until they are very fine, almost a flour-like consistency. Add the Brazil nuts and process until ground. Add the coconut oil, nutmeg and maple syrup or agave and pulse until the mixture comes together.
Refrigerate for one hour. While the mixture is 'chilling out' (pardon the pun), stir together the coconut sugar and cinnamon.
Roll into bite sized (or two-bite sized) balls, and roll in the coconut sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Refrigerate for another hour and then devour! Store these babies in the freezer or refrigerator.