I would like to preface this recipe by saying that I love real cinnamon buns, in their all their glutenous sugar-laden glory. Those little pillsbury ones that come in a tube and fluff up like marshmallows when you bake them? The giant ones you can smell from half-way across the mall (or from the subway at Eglinton station if you live in Toronto)? Of all the baked goods, cinnamon buns are the most satisfyingly nostalgic and they will always have a special place in my heart.
However, if you crave these tasty treats on the regular, you may wish to find something a little more healthful to indulge in. Hopefully that is where I can be of some help.
These little energy bites are made up of just walnuts, oats, coconut oil and naturally sweet dates but they are absolutely delicious. Perfect for a midday snack or an after-dinner treat. And best of all, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to get your fix of pillowy cinnamon sugar. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Cinnamon Bun Energy Bites
Yield: about 18-20.
- 2 cups oats
- 1.5 cups dates
- 1 cup toasted walnuts
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- a few tbsp of water
- Add all ingredients except for water into the food processor and blend until the mixture starts to look a little like brown sugar (thick and grainy).
- Add in a little water to the mix, 1 tbsp at the time until it begins to clump up and forms a big doughy ball. I used about 2-3 tbsp.
- Use a tbsp scoop to roll the mixture into balls.