These are a marvel!
And a marvel inspired by one of my favorites spots in Michigan. There are a few locations of Beyond Juice, two right down the street from where we live and I go there all the time! I first went for their fresh juices and amazing smoothies. Then I tried their awesome food, which inspired this awesome recipe.
Let’s be honest, we are human! Sometimes we need a little something sweet. And I will never buy those things at the store that scream “vegan” or “sugar free” or anything else that is just a euphemism for “fake” and “unknown products” or other things that I can’t even pronounce. And please follow my lead there. Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean that it is healthy!! There is still the same amount of sugar usually, and other products that are fake and unknown just to make the recipe edible.
All you need is a food processor to make these, so clean up time is super quick! As the ingredients are processed together, don’t worry that it doesn’t look like it will congeal. It shouldn’t look like cookie dough or any other normal cookie “dough” that you are used to. It should still look a little crumbly, because as you form the balls in your hands, the moisture of the ingredients will help form the nuggets.
Now, if you do start to form the nuggets in your hands, and the ingredients crumble apart, no matter how tightly you mold them, add a little more agave! All you’ll need is another pinch or two. You don’t want the combination to be too moist because then they’ll be super sticky! And if you have the other problem? Too wet? Add some more oats and raw cashews. Or… if you’re of the mind… add some protein powder! It’s a great way to boost the nutrients of these already awesome nuggets.
BEYOND JUICE RAW NUGGETS
// makes 12-15 small nuggets//
15 medium medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
1-2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of dairy free chocolate chips, *plus more for garnish
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon almond butter
Make sure all of the medjools are pitted before proceeding! Otherwise someone will bite into one of these nuggets and get an unpleasant surprise :-O
Once you’ve checked that box, put all of the ingredients in a food process, and pulse for 15 seconds at a time until you have reached desired consistency. Like I said above, it won’t be a totally smooth “dough” like you are used to. It will be almost completely processed but appear a little crumbly.
Using your hands, take about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and pat together and mold in your palms to form a ball. If you want to make them the same way that the juice bar does, lightly push the molded ball onto a piece of parchment and use your finger to form a dent in the top of the nugget. Then fill the dent with your dairy free chocolate chips!