No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Raw Cinnamon Bun Recipe with coconut oil and dates

No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Raw Cinnamon Bun Recipe with coconut oil and dates

Oh my gosh! I had to share this recipe with you! It is so good and makes for such a decadent treat! I tried it last week and was so surprised at how fast and easy it was to prepare, not to mention that these raw cinnamon buns were flying off of the plate.

Does your mouth water at the smell of fresh cinnamon buns, but you never allow yourself to have one due to all of the junk they contain? Well if that’s the case, this recipe is for you! These raw cinnamon buns are a healthy treat that everyone will enjoy. Regular cinnamon buns have ingredients that cause inflammation, but this recipe is free of white flour, refined sugar, dairy and wheat! On top of that, this recipe is vegan, so you know it has to be good!

The main ingredients in this recipe are coconut oil, dates and of course, cinnamon. So, before we proceed to the recipe, let’s take a look at what health benefits these raw cinnamon buns have!

Coconut Oil

There are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can do with coconuts and extracting oil from them is one amongst many. This oil is extracted from coconut meat and is mainly made up of saturated fats. Even though saturated fats tend to have a negative connotation, saturated fats in coconut oil are actually really good for you! Most of these fats are medium chain fatty acids such as lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. These acids promote better absorption of nutrients in your body and are also burned off throughout the day, rather than stored as body fat. In fact, those saturated fats you thought were so bad actually increase the rate of your metabolism and therefore promote weight loss.

Coconut oil is not only great due to its fatty acids, but it’s also a great source of vitamin E. This vitamin, as you might already know, keeps your hair and skin healthy. Coconut oil also contains vitamin K, which make up the proteins in bones. Approximately 100 grams of coconut oil have 0.5 micrograms of vitamin K. 

Dates

These wonderfully delicious fruits are soft in texture and are easily digested by the body. They are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, and copper! Dates are well known for their anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits. But did you know dates can boost your heart health, reduce blood pressure and reduce your risk of a stroke? Dates are even great during pregnancy! According to research done by the University of Science and Technology, the consumption of dates in the last four weeks of pregnancy can considerably decrease the need for induction and augmentation of labor.

Cinnamon

This spice has very unique health benefits that come from three basic components in the essential oils found in its bark. These three types of components are cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol. Due to these properties, cinnamon is anti-microbial and can help with common yeast infections. It can also help control blood sugar levels and can boost brain function. Flavoring a high carb food with cinnamon can help decrease its influence on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which your stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after you eat.

That is why you should not feel guilty about eating these raw cinnamon buns! Enjoy!

Raw Cinnamon Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 12-18 raw cinnamon buns

Cinnamon Bun Base Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of dates

2 tsp of cinnamon

¼ cup of coconut oil

2 cups of rolled oats

1/3 cup of pecans

¼ cup and 2 tbsp of water

Filling Ingredients:

½ cup of pre-soaked dates

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 tbsp of maple syrup

2 tbsp of coconut oil

Icing Ingredients:

¼ cup of cashew butter

¼ cup of coconut oil

1 tsp of vanilla extract

2 tbsp of maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Gather all of your cinnamon bun base ingredients in a blender and process until blended (a dough-like mixture will form). Add 1 tbsp of water at a time, if needed.
  2. Make a ball out of your dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place in a bowl and refrigerate.
  3. Gather all of your filling ingredients in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate.
  5. Gather all of your icing ingredients in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate.
  7. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Line your counter with plastic wrap and place the dough on top.
  8. Roll your dough out into a rectangle.
  9. Remove your icing from the refrigerator and pour over dough. Make sure to leave 1 inch along the edges uncovered!
  10. Roll your dough tightly into a cylinder.
  11. Place into the freezer for a couple of minutes. You can use this time to tidy up your kitchen.
  12. Using a sharp knife, cut the cylinder into cinnamon buns of desired thickness.
  13. Place on a plate and top with icing and pecan chunks as desired.

Serve immediately! You can store your raw cinnamon buns in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

Sources:

https://www.damyhealth.com/2012/08/raw-cinnamon-buns/

https://theheartysoul.com/coconut-oil-nutrition-facts/

https://theheartysoul.com/coconut-oil-uses-2/

https://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=221

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/properties-of-coconut-oil.html          

https://www.livestrong.com/article/310233-vitamins-in-coconut-oil/

https://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/dates.html

https://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-dates-7-reasons-eat-date-fruit/

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