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Super Soft High Fiber Candies with a Secret Ingredient
Sweet Raw Vegan Snack

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Super Soft High Fiber Candies with a Secret Ingredient

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Ingredients

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120 gr Cashews presoaked for 4 hours
100 gr Almonds presoaked for 8 hours
100 gr Dried Cranberries
2 tbsp. Shredded coconut
90 gr Dates
25 gr Oat Bran
70 ml Water

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Features:
  • Dairy free
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo
  • Vegan

Delicious light raw vegan candies that are quick and easy to make!

  • 10 min
  • Serves 50
  • Easy

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Relying  on snacks may not seem to be a very good idea to many people as it is way simpler to keep a macro-balanced diet by staple breakfast, lunch and dinner. But in fact, taking 5-8 meals per day can bring you way more benefits by speeding up your metabolism and adding to fat burning process. Snacking will also help you to avoid overeating during the main course and feeling heavy and sick in the stomach. So I encourage you to snack. The way to make it work for you is choosing a whole real foods to snack on and not being afraid to step away from habitual banana and trying something new.

If you are ready to experiment snacks can be a real fun. Both prepping and eating. These sweet raw vegan candies are one of my ideas to add more joy and diversity into your diet. What makes me love them so much (besides cashews and dried cranberries that I am totally obsessed with) is one special ingredient.

The thing  with sweet snacks, you probably have noticed, is that they make you crave for more sweets very shortly. So I was thinking about adding a twist to the recipe that would reduce concentrated sweetness and lower the rise of glucose in blood, but still feel satisfying for the sweet tooth.  For this purpose I needed a complex carb that would turn raw candies in a porridge or muffins taking me far away from what I wanted. But then I figured out I just needed to make them higher in fiber. Nothing could be a simpler solution than using bran, which is literally pure fiber. Without any additional calories oat bran improved candies so much making them super soft, light and mildly sweet. And as a notorious snacker with a massive sweet tooth I can confirm they do serve initial purpose!

For this recipe you need to presoke almonds (8 hours) and cashews (4 hours). This step is very important for the right texture, so do not skip it. Soaking will  give the balls smoother, creamier texture and let flavors to combine together really well in a candy-like way. Also it will help even a weak blender to deal with the nuts.

Besides all said, there is a big reason I recommend you to ALWAYS soak your nuts!

Wise Mother Nature gifted nuts (as well as seeds and grains) with special substances to survive unsuitable for growth conditions. Those magical substances are phytic acid and tannins.  They keep our beloved nuts from extinguishment during rough times. However, being a huge help for plants, phytic acid and tannins are toxic to humans. So the food that is extremely delicious and nutritionally rich can wreak havoc on your digestion. Sounds pretty upsetting, right? Don’t get worried and do not consider giving up on nuts unless you are allergic. We, humans, are gifted with intelligence to find solutions. Think what we can do. We mimic natural process by soaking nuts to break down defensive mechanism. The nut get wet, ready to germinate and produce a new plant. No need in the inhibitors any more. Simple as that, you’ve solved it!

So here is how you make them.

First we prepare bran. Place it in a small bowl or a container and pour hot water over. Mix and cover with a plate like me or with a lid. Let sit and soak while you are dealing with other ingredients.

Remove pits from the dates and roughly chop them. Chop cranberries. Put aside.

If you don’t have a strong blender in your possession don’t make a week one to deal with all the ingredients at once. First blend cashews and almonds, then add pitted dates and soaked bran, blend again. Then mix in chopped cranberries. Even if your blender can manage smoothing everything at once add chopped cranberries after all for a sour-sweet pop in bites.

Line a baking tray with a parchment and spread shredded coconut on the surface. Measure every candy with a tea spoon (1 tsp.= 1 candy), shape it in a ball with your hands and cover with coconut. With given amount of the ingredients you will make this procedure 50 times, quite pacifying I must say.  Then place the tray with the candies in a fridge to chill for about 40 minutes. As a result you get a pretty decent amount of  healthy bites to snack on whenever you need to.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. My batch lasts to me up to two weeks and tastes great. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Enjoy life and healthy food!

Steps

1
Done

For this recipe you need to presoke almonds (8 hours) and cashews (4 hours). This is very important for the right texture, so do not skip it.
First we prepare bran. Place it in a small bowl or a container and pour hot water over. Mix and over with a plate like me or with a lid. Let sit and soak while you are dealing with other ingredients.

2
Done

Remove pits from the dates and roughly chop them. Chop cranberries. Put aside.

3
Done

If you don't have a strong blender in your possession don't make a week one to deal with all the ingredients at once. First blend cashews and almonds, then add pitted dates and soaked bran, blend again. Then mix in chopped cranberries. Even if your blender can manage smoothing everything at once add chopped cranberries after all for a sour-sweet pop in bites.

4
Done

Line a baking tray with a parchment and spread shredded coconut on the surface. Measure every candy with a tea spoon (1 tsp.= 1 candy), shape it in a ball with your hands and cover with coconut. With given amount of the ingredients you will make this procedure 50 times, quite pacifying I must say. Then place the tray with the candies in a fridge to chill for about 40 minutes. As a result you get a pretty decent amount of healthy bites to snack on whenever you need to.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.My batch lasts to me up to two weeks and tastes great. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Enjoy life and healthy food!

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