Every which way we turn in the store, there is some kind of packaged this or that full of sugar that is vying for my kids' attention so that they will beg and plead for me to buy it. Where are all the healthy after school snacks? Shopping as a “paleo” family has been a real challenge in this day of sugar laden crud that we're encouraged to buy with coupons and in the interest of convenience. With back to school here, this challenge is even more so top of my mind as I am really struggling with filling second grader Matthew's lunch and after school snack with healthy items that he will actually eat. I love California Raisins and wish that Matt would eat them in the box but he just won't. He's a weird little dude. We figured out that he LOVES to eat yummy raisins if they are included in a trail mix, which is a great California Raisin snack. But geez, trail mix every day?! The kid is gonna tell horror stories about his childhood…
The trail mix is great (I'll share the recipe below) but we needed something else for him to snack on as well. With all the other kids around him eating packaged sweets, the boy needed something, anything, to help his sweet tooth. A couple Christmases ago, Katie received a mini donut making machine as a gift from “Santa Claus”. That might have been more than a couple years since high schoolers don't get visits from Santa Claus … LOL Anyways, we have this donut maker and being “paleo”, well, we don't eat donuts anymore. We did a little research and found a cinnamon raisin bagel recipe online. All it needed was a little paleo juicing up!! Rather than fire up the oven on these still hot August nights, we decided to use the donut machine to make California Raisin Donut Bagels, or “California Raisin Donagels”.
I made sure to purchase “California Raisins” in the box at my local grocery store. This variety of raisins are easy to find in stores as they are marked as “California Raisins” right on the package. And check this out – California Raisins are the most economical dried fruit (according to the USDA) and have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar!! Raisins are naturally sweet so there was no need to add sugar for sweetness AND this makes this dish even more paleo friendly. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as part of an after-school snack. The ingredient list on the box says it all: Raisins. How often do you see that these days?? Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving). I bought both golden raisins and the classic raisins to give this recipe a little more interest and we set about converting the recipe to be “paleo-friendly”.
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1.5 Tbsp Golden Flax Meal
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Cinnamon or 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
- 3 Organic Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Agave or Organic Honey
- 1/4 Cup Golden California Raisins
- 1/4 Cup California Raisins (purple)
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the Oven the 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Combine all of the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing well.
- Add raisins and nuts (optional)
- Heat donut maker and grease lightly with Coconut Oil to prevent sticking. Spoon mixture into the sections of the donut maker and cook for 8 minutes.
- Remove the "donagels" from the donut maker and allow to cool.
- You can add powdered sugar to top the donagels but they're already really sweet from the raisins.
Now, go dust off that ole donut maker and create some healthy snacks for the kids with California Raisins! For more paleo snacks and recipes, check out my other blog, Paleo Priests.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.