Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Does anyone else out there feel like they have a holiday hangover? I'm not talking about the kind caused by too much alcohol-laden eggnog; I mean the feeling you wake up with after all this celebrating, eating heavier foods (not to mention improper food combining) and lack of sleep. Thank goodness I took off from work today.
But, I am not going to complain. I've had a lot of fun leading up to the homestretch, experimenting with raw recipes in my kitchen, sampling my creations, sharing them with others, and spending time with my friends and family. To top it all off, I get to relax at home today with my two boys (husband and son).
My plan is to stick to lighter meals, like green smoothies, fresh fruits and veggies, maybe a kale salad and some soup. I need to give my digestion a brief hiatus before bringing out the new year's treats (I had hoped to go to NaturalZing's raw chocolate event, but instead will be recreating it here).
Don't worry; I won't let these next few blog posts bore you. For instance, today I'll tell you about the Banana Nut Donut Holes (another version of these raw donut holes) I made for Christmas brunch yesterday. Ani Phyo (love her) included them in her latest contribution to VegNews magazine (she actually provided nine recipes in her food feature, and there was an entire article about the raw food movement entitled, "Raw Revolution").
Here is the recipe for these tasty morsels:
Ani Phyo's Banana Nut Donut Holes
"These 'donut holes' are amazingly delicious and totally guilt-free, providing protein, calcium, potassium and plenty of B vitamins. They double as dessert and breakfast treat."
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.
In the spirit of the holiday, I stacked mine up like a tree (similar to the monkey bread my mom makes on Christmas morning, yet another recipe I plan on "rawifying" soon). I also gave them a sprinkling of goji berries for color and served them with some Teeccino, an excellent coffee alternative.
The donut holes were a hit with the women in the family. My grandmother even asked for the recipe.
Speaking of recipes, I'll be posting the ones for my Christmas cookies tomorrow. Be sure to stop by.