I was never a huge donut fan, but loved munchkins and my favorite flavor was always the cinnamon ones! I also felt that whenever you ordered a box of 25 or 50 (yes 50) munchkins, the cinnamon and the jelly filled ones were always the last ones to go. Glazed, chocolate, powdered, or chocolate glazed just overpowered those two. It worked out for me though! I also, have to admit the first part of my sentence is slightly a lie- side tracking- every Christmas, my mom buys my brother and I an ornament to reflect our year (how it went, if we accomplished anything huge, reached a milestone etc)- and one year I got a donut ornament. So, I guess that year I ate a lot of donuts. I don't know if I should be happy, proud, or what.
I just prefer munchkins. So I thought I would make remake them; healthier, because now they are usually fried, filled with refined sugars, milks, oils, and simply, ingredients you just can't pronounce. For these munchkins, you do not even have to turn the oven on! All you need is a few ingredients, a food processor and you'll be able to sink your teeth into these within 10 minutes.
For the base, I decided to use two things: shredded coconut flakes and my all time favorite grainless granola: Paleo Passion Foods. Here, I am using their maple cinnamon flavor and it worked perfectly for the recipe. I have two other recipes on my blog using the granola: Caribbean Coconut Cashew Bites & Chocolate Granola Banana Pops. In the later recipe, the chocolate granola banana pops, I talk about why this granola works for me. Granola can be tough for those who have digestive issues, since most are loaded with sugars, high in carbohydrates, and lack in protein. Often causing you to eat more and more; leaving you with the worst upset upset stomach. I tend to look for ones with minimal ingredients, lower in sugar, and ones that are made with nuts and seeds to keep me fuller longer! This has it all and the clusters/chunks are UNREAL. Believe me.
This particular granola has a mix of walnuts, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and a few other ingredients and is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and honey, making it a great base for the maple cinnamon sugar munchkins! You then, just need to add in some extra cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and sea salt to amp up the flavors. I also used almond butter and just a few dates to act as a binder in the recipe. When I made the recipe the first time, I didn't use any dates and mixture came together perfectly, but it definitely gave the munchkins more of a maple/caramel taste. Once everything was mixed together, you just roll them into balls and roll them into coconut sugar! How easy was that?
I love having these in the morning as a sweet treat along with my turmeric lattes or in the afternoon when I need a little pick me up.
PS! If you want to try out the grainless granola, they have been so generous to off YOU all a discount code: Just type in at PaleoPassionFoods.com "balance15" for 15% off your order + free shipping! It is hard to pick a favorite flavor, but this is definitely up there!
2 cups Paleo Passion Foods Maple Cinnamon Grainless Granola
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
6 dates, soften & pitted
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tbsp. nutmeg
2 pinches sea salt
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
coconut sugar (for rolling)
What to do:
1. In your food processor, add the grainless granola and grind until somewhat flour-like consistency is achieved.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the dates & the coconut sugar. Pulse until well combined.
3. Chop the dates and add to the mixture. Mix in the processor until well combined and a dough is formed. Taste test!
4. Roll into bite sized balls. Roll the munchkins into coconut sugar.
1. Add either maple syrup or coconut sugar to the mix as well, but the dates, the grainless granola (even though it is low in sugar) as well as rolling the munchkins in coconut sugar, will make the donuts sweet enough. Test after mixing and fix to your preference.
2. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or longer in the freezer.
3. The hemp seeds and the ground flaxseeds are optional, but they give the munchkins an added protein and fiber boost. If you omit them, you may need to add more of the grainless granola.