With a chocolate and medicinal mushroom chaga coating for an extra boost of antioxidants and good fats.
These donuts will be your new favorite treat. They are healthy and delicious, rich in fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and adaptogens! Easy to make and great to store in the fridge or freezer for any time you want a quick and healthy snack. Also great for a birthday party or picnic in the park!
For the chocolate coating you can use your favorite chocolate bar (I always recommend dark chocolate without white sugar) or create your own chocolate by melting in a double boiler about half a cup of coconut oil or cocoa butter and half a cup of raw cocoa and adding a tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan salt. In my version, I decided to add a tablespoon of medicinal mushroom Chaga to have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects. It has been shown that Chaga can help our body to fight the oxidizing effect that causes cellular aging and, in some cases, the formation of tumors and can help our body to inhibit the action of viruses that cause inflammation.
I always use raw cacao powder for my recipes. This recipe will work even with normal cocoa powder, but I strongly recommend to invest in a good quality raw cacao to absorb all its nutritional benefits. Raw cacao is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for chocolate without overloading your body with refined sugar.
RAW CACAO vs COCOA: Raw cacao, not to be confused for cocoa, is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans ensuring that no nutrients are lost by heat treating. Unlike cocoa which has been roasted and heavily processed, raw cacao maintains its high nutritional profile making it a superfood loaded with magnesium (known as an “anti-stress vitamin” for its soothing power) and flavonoids (a group of phytonutrients found in almost all fruits and vegetables that are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits). Raw cacao also contains neurotransmitters, such as Anandamide, which increase levels of specific chemicals in our brain that help to elevate mood and to promote a positive outlook. Eating cacao causes the brain to release these ”feel good” chemicals (AKA endorphins) that provide us a general feeling of well-being and help to reduce depression.
ABOUT ADAPTOGENS / The Chaga Mushroom, also known as the Complete Wellness Mushroom or Health Mushroom, is an adaptogenic mushroom. By “adaptogen” we mean all those natural and non-natural substances that are able to increase the body’s capacities such as defense or resistance to stress. Although now almost unknown in our culture, this mushroom was very much appreciated by the ancient Siberian people, who used it as a kind of “elixir of long life”. Chaga is a mushroom that grows at extreme temperatures. In fact, to grow on birch trees it needs a temperature of about minus 45 degrees. Its origins are very distant; texts from more than 2000 years ago have been found in which Chaga is mentioned. Even today it is still possible to collect the Inonotus Obliquus, this is its botanical name, in the Siberian forests, in Canada, China, North Europe and Korea. The Chaga fungus is known for its antioxidant effects, because of its active principles that help our cells to hinder the aging effect of free radicals and to prevent and fight tumors. Among the properties and benefits of the active principles of the Chaga fungus are also anti-inflammatory effects. Already in the past, several cultures had discovered how the active principles present could help to inhibit the viruses that cause various infections, helping us to protect our body and build a general state of well-being.
These donuts and other variations are always part of my HYGGEFOOD BOX. So if you are too busy to prepare them, but you still want to indulge in these delicious treats and you live in Nuremberg give them a try and order your box here!
Prep. Time: 1. 30 hour I Makes 8 donuts
RAW ENERGY DONUTS with CHAGA ICING (vegan)
- 175 g Medjool dates, pitted (or Deglet Dates soaked for 1 hour in hot water and rinsed)
- 300 g almonds
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1tbsp Chaga mushroom powder (SUNDAY NATURAL Chaga)
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
- 100 g dark chocolate 85%, your favorite chocolate bar chopped (try to avoid those with white sugar!), or make your own chocolate with cacao butter/coconut oil and raw cacao powder.
- edible flower to decorate (I used blue cornflower, marigold and rose petals) and other nuts in pieces (I used cashews).
- Process all donut ingredients in a food processor into a uniform mixture.
- Divide this mixture into 8 pieces and form 8 donuts. you can use silicone donut forms or form rolls with your hands and then join the beginning and end of the roll to form a circle with a hole in the middle. If the dough is too crumbly, grease your hands with coconut oil. Press the donuts well and put them in an airtight container for at least one hour in the freezer.
- Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate and Chaga coating. Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate and Chaga coating. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and add a spoonful of Chaga powder. Mix well, until a cream is obtained.
- Before removing the donuts from the freezer, prepare everything you need for decoration: for example, edible flowers and cashew nuts in pieces.
- Remove the donuts from the freezer and dip the top of each donut into the chocolate one by one adding the decorations immediately before the chocolate solidifies.
- As soon as the chocolate has solidified you can eat them right away or keep the donuts in the fridge for up to a week (or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks), but I assure you they will disappear right away!