Cinnamon Bundles of Heaven

These little 3-bite bundles are absolutely delicious and you don’t feel bloated or a major sugar high after eating them because they’re made with almonds (high in protein) not flour and dates and honey not refined sugar.

It’s weird to brag about something I made, probably because I was taught that it was polite to be humble, but who am I kidding? These things are awesome!

The recipe I used for inspiration called for almond flour. I didn’t have any, so I did what I knew how to do which was make almond meal (ground up almonds in the magic bullet). I have yet to try this recipe with almond flour, but I’m not in a rush because this version turned out so well.

Sure, I could have gone to the store, but that might have ruined my creative energy (aka I was lazy). Also, I rarely go to the store when I can improvise with what I’ve got (sustainability = work with the resources you have).

Ok so here it goes…

Supplies & Tools Needed:

  • magic bullet or food processor or equivalent
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • a mixing bowl
  • rolling pin or round bottle

Ingredients: makes 9 or 10 

For the Pastry:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole almonds, ground
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (or regular flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Medjool dates, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • honey for drizzling

For the Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp raw unpasteurized honey (to make sure you get all the anti-fungal, anti-bacterial benefits)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Or a Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp honey (make sure it’s unpasteurized for all the health benefits)
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Detoxinista and Swiss Paleo have awesome dairy-free Paleo versions that I will definitely be trying next time.

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What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients- coconut oil, egg, honey and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Grind the almonds in a magic bullet or food processor until they’re a soft, granular texture (almost like crumbles of parmesan cheese). Add them to the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to mixing bowl – coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until well combined (it should resemble a sticky dough).
  5. Put the dough in the middle of the parchment paper (about the same size as your baking sheet). Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s thin, even and flat. Freeze the dough in between the parchment paper for 15 minutes (Hardening the dough will make it much easier to roll).
  6. Chop dates and walnuts and sprinkle over the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and a drizzle of honey
  7. Carefully roll the dough and cut into equal rounds. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they will become a bit firm, almost crunchy, on the outside, but when you pinch them you can feel that they’re oh-s0-soft and sweet on the inside.
  8. Combine ingredients for the icing in a bowl and whisk until combined. If you use Detoxinista or Swiss Paleo‘s recipe, a blender or food processor is needed.

There you have it. Make sure to let me know how it goes if you make them. Nothing feels better than spreading the love, especially when they’re cinnamon bundles of heavenly love.

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(I saw this today and just had to share it.)

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