Yes, you read that right! Noooo, not raw puffy, squishy, dough rolls, because those would be very hard to eat and even harder to swallow. “Raw” in the sense that the ingredients are raw and still full of the good nutrients that nature gave them.
I adore cinnamon rolls, so when we decided to introduce raw foods into our diet, I specifically searched for a recipe for them. I was shocked, to say the least--that I actually found one. How in the hell can you make RAW cinnamon rolls? (Yeah, I know you were thinking that, too--don’t deny it. I know, because I said the same thing.)
The real base for these is almond meal and ground flax seed. The powerhouse in binding these together is soft dates. Not the hard little pellets mostly found in the grocery store, but the velvety, squishy* ones that you can find in natural or organic foods stores. If you decide to make these, get those dates! Or you’ll be all “WTF, Elle said these were good, and easy to make! But it looks (and sounds) like I ran nuts and bolts through my food processor!”
And they are extremely good, and so, so easy to make. If yeast dough makes you shake where you stand, then these will be perfect for you. And the raw icing? Dear God, it’s so good. It’s light, creamy and so fresh tasting, and I wanted to dip all kinds of things in it. Fruit, chocolate, muffins…all sorts of stuff.
Like I said, these are easy to make. I didn’t bother to dehydrate them--just kept them in the fridge. How do they taste? Warmly spiced from the cinnamon, and nutty from the almond meal and chopped nuts that you add. They feel rich and creamy on your tongue, especially with the cashew orange icing. Think Lara Bars, made at home! And don’t even think of cutting back on the 1 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon. Leave it all in there or I’ll track you down and…well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I’ll think of something. Make you wash my truck while wearing a pink tutu, maybe. Jeff came thisclose to having to do it. He still might, because we have a Patriots/Colts bet set for November.
You can find the recipes for the cinnamon rolls and the icing here, at Wasabimon.com:
I hope you give them a try!
*That makes two times that I’ve said “squishy” in this post. If you’re counting. Obviously, I am.