Sometimes I wonder if it’s not necessarily about allergies/intolerances to certain foods, rather having the incapability to properly express my emotions at times that causes such stress on my digestive system. It seems as if it’s through the times that I have difficulty fully expressing how I feel that my body rebels against me.

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I don’t think I will ever fully understand the human body completely and the intimate relationship between body and soul; mind and emotions. There are times that I experience some of the worst physical pains in my stomach and then find that I have bottled my emotions up, only to find physical relief upon the first tear hitting my cheek. What a mystery indeed.

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Do you ever just get tired of trying to figure everything out in regards to your health because you have realized that you never know what the next hour might bring that might possibly throw your current theory off its tracks? For example, I have been overindulging on foods I shouldn’t necessarily have been eating this weekend because, well, I have the tendancy to throw healthy habits out the window to a certain extent when feeling a bit off emotionally. Oddly, I have had no symptoms at all which has been strange. Then again I have been crying my face off so maybe, for my body, there is really is more of a deeper connection between expressing my emotions and how my body physical reacts, regardless of whatever I eat. Am I even making sense?

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Regardless, how appropriate that these Snickers donuts would be what I create around this time in my life when the emotions are everywhere. Snickers are what I would grab back in the day when I was feeling down or even happy really as a kid. I wasn’t selective. Any emotion was sufficient. I find the irony of life interesting that in the midst of this current emotional place, I still find myself grabbing for a Snickers, despite the dairy, or lack thereof, content. Oh life. Aren’t you so funny.

Snickers Mini Donuts Recipe

Gluten, dairy, and egg free

Makes 16-18 mini donuts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 c. sorghum flour (I use Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/3 c. Brown rice flour (Authentic Foods)
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • (OR: 2/3 c. regular flour + 1/4 c. cocoa powder and omit xanthan gum)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk (1/2 Tb apple cider vinegar + 1/2 c. non-dairy milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbs warm water, mixed til frothy
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients {from flours to salt} together until fully combined.
  3. Make a well in the center of the bowl. Add all the remainder of wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
  4. Grease a mini donut pan.
  5. Place 1/2 batter into a ziploc baggie. Cut the corner of one side to use as an opening. This part is important in the shape of the donuts: Using one hand to firmly keep the dough flowing out of the hole, squirt the dough out in a circle in the pan.
  6. Bake 8 minutes. Allow to sit in the pan for 3 minutes after you take it out of the oven

Date Caramel Sauce

  • 8 dates, soaked in water for 1 hour {or omit soaking and double water}
  • 1/4 c. agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs coconut oil, solid (non-melted)
  • 6 Tbs water
  • Pinch of salt
  1. De-pit and chop dates into thick chunks.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. Takes a good 5 minutes to get the right consistency
  3. Reserve 3 heaping Tbs {+ 1/2 c. peanuts} for topping.

Peanut and Caramel Frosting

  • 1/4 c. non-dairy butter {I like Fleischman’s}, softened
  • 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. date caramel mixture
  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tb non-dairy milk
  1. Mix butter, peanut butter and caramel mix together with an electric mixer on medium for 2 minutes, until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix. Add milk until creamy, smooth, and fluffy.
  3. Add 1 tsp caramel peanut mix into hole of donut.

  • Pipe frosting on top of donut.
  • Top with another tsp of caramel peanut topping and top with a vegan chocolate chip.

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