CINNAMON CARAMEL ROLLS
Recipe & Photo by Emily Von Euw THIS RAWSOME VEGAN LIFE
These guys are awesome. They are low fat-ish, nut-free and gluten-free so eat as many as your heart desires. Oh and they’re also raw and vegan which means no processed or refined ingredients; no dairy, eggs. Obviously they aren’t all puffy like the original thing because there’s no baking involved, but they make up for this with their flavour and density. If you think these look or taste too good to be healthy – think again. The main ingredients in these cinnamon rolls are oats and buckwheat groats, raisins and dates, coconut, and cinnamon; let’s see what these fabulous foods do for us, shall we?
Buckwheat groats regulate blood sugar and cholesterol, are rich in fibre, disease-fighting flavonoids and magnesium, fight against heart disease and have an enormous amount of phytonutrients like phenolics which are now being found to prevent disease.
Raisins and dates are excellent for oral and eye health, alkalizing in the stomach, rich in bone-strengthening calcium, blood-building iron and copper and cancer-preventing antioxidants.
Coconut is finally being recognised as the super food that it is: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties that keep your immunity strong; they are rich in fibre, calcium, potassium, amino acids, magnesium and electrolytes. Coconut is almost identical to human blood plasma and can actually be used for blood transfusions (best when mixed with green juice which has almost the exact same make up as human hemoglobin)! Here’s to health!
SERVES: Makes 6-7 servings
PREP TIME: 15-20 Minutes Prep + 1-2 Hours Fridge Setting Time
DIETARY CONSIDERATION: Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free
3/4 cup Gluten-Free Oats
3/4 cup Buckwheat Groats
3/4 cup Raisins
3/4 cup Dates
Pinch of Salt (optional)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Water
Dash of Cinnamon
1 heaping cup Young Coconut Meat
3 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
4 tbsp Agave Syrup (or preferred sweetener)
3/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Water, as needed
Caramel Raisin Filling:
1 cup Dates
1/4-1/2 cup Coconut Water
Cinnamon Powder, to taste
1/4 cup Raisins
Vitamix or Blender of Choice
Dough: Pulse the oats and buckwheat groats in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all begins to stick together. Roll the dough into a square about 1/4-1/2 cm thick. Put this in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Frosting: Blend all the ingredients together until it’s smooth and drizzly. Set aside.
Cinnamon Caramel Filling: Blend all the ingredients together – except the raisins – until smooth and thick like a paste. Set aside.
Assembly: Cut the dough (which should now be a little more pliable) into strips and spread the filling evenly on each one, then sprinkle on the raisins and gently roll the strips up. Cover with the frosting and ENJOY.