I’m a huge fan of nuts and nut butters, to the point where it can actually be dangerous to have them lying around as it’s highly likely that I will just gobble down the whole lot! They make an excellent, nutritious addition to meals and are a great way to add protein and healthy fats into your diet. I also love snacking on nuts and nut butters, as not only are they delicious, but a pretty convenient option too. Another thing that nuts are amazing for, it creating raw vegan desserts.. I mean, they’re probably found in about 80% of raw cheesecakes, brownies and energy bites!
Pecans are one of my favourite nuts, mainly because of their gorgeous caramel like flavour which works an absolute treat in sweet dishes. Pecan pie probably has to be one of the most delicious things to have ever been created.. I mean it basically combines caramel, pecans and a biscuit-y crust; that is just heaven. This version is of course refined sugar free and made from completely natural ingredients, but I really don’t think you’d guess it from how indulgently sweet they taste! The caramel centre is a glorious blend of date caramel with hints of warming spices and creamy pecan butter. This sits on a crispy biscuit like base and to top the whole things of.. obviously some chocolate, what else?
These would probably be even more perfect for the Autumn and Winter months, as the spices give an amazing sense of warmth and kind of remind me of Christmas. But, lets be honest desserts like this are pretty perfect for any day of the year, so it just seemed silly to wait until then to share the recipe!
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup dates
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Optional decoration: Crushed hazelnuts
- Place the hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds to break them into smaller pieces.
- Next, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until everything is well combined and forms a sticky mixture. Roll this into balls and roll each ball in the crushed hazelnuts. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.