Raw Cacao, Coconut & Almond Butter Balls

            These are an actual dream. Perfect for a morning snack or for a pre or post work out pick-me-up. They are high in protein, they are gluten free, oil free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and made entirely with whole foods that are all nourishing and health supportive. And did I mention that they taste like a chocolate bounty bar? A mixture between an Italian chocolate truffle and a decadent raw coconut treat from an island paradise - all in one delicious mouthful.

 

            It was so glorious to be on holiday. Even if just for week-long getaway. There is something that is entirely rejuvenating and restorative about getting out of the small town that becomes increasingly small and encroaching. Perhaps it’s the ocean air, perhaps it’s the new environment paired with the embrace of filling the days doing exactly what you feel like doing. The joy of embracing the newly available time – the days become longer, I become more present and things slow down. I feel like I am more able to relish in the understanding that the day (and our lives) are timeless, in truth.  For me it's also a time where I can focus my energy inward. A space and time to expand, absorb and find stillness within. I spent much of my holiday taking leisurely walks along the beach, eating good-wholesome food, doing yoga, learning more about yoga and reading. The three books I’m currently juggling are: 

 

·      Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

·      Awareness by Anthony de Mello

·      Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens

 

I highly recommend them all – they are so informative and detailed. It sometimes blows my mind how much knowledge there is out there in the universe. It’s so remarkable to think of the vast amount of knowing out there. And a thought that can be both exciting and overwhelming is that this vast amount of knowledge is in fact available to us if we are open and willing to receive it. To open our minds to it. 

 

Anthony de Mello talks about how people often have a misunderstanding of fear, that people often believe that we fear the unknown. He goes on to explain that actually people do not and cannot fear the unknown because how can one fear something that one knowns nothing of? Instead, he believes people fear change. People fear being challenged in their ideas and beliefs of the world, people fear letting go of their carefully constructed worlds. Once one lets go of the fear of letting go, it’s almost as though a space is created within, a space that is willing to change, that is willing to grow and expand.  

 

            These delicious balls have been the perfect holiday accompaniment to all things good and leisurely. 100% raw, vegan and scrumptious. It amazes me how you can create such hearty decadence while maintaining 100% of the foods’ natural integrity. Isn’t that just magic? That is pure magic in my opinion. It still gob-smacks me how you can have a whole bunch of seemingly arb and random ingredients but once you combine and change the preparation techniques of said random ingredients you can create the most mouth-watering, jaw-droppingly beautiful dishes or food items. Food is magic. I once read that if you believe in food and then you believe in the power of transformation. 

 

Ingredients

·      1 cup + 2 tablespoons oats (I used quick cooking Jungle Oats)

·      1 cup firmly packed pitted dates, I used a mixture of Medjool dates and a smaller variety

·      2 tablespoons toasted toasted almond butter

·      2 tablespoons raw cacao

·      2 tablespoons raw desiccated coconut + more for rolling

·      1 tablespoon raw vanilla superfood powder

·      1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

·      2 tablespoon filtered water

·      1 teaspoon tahini

·      ¼ teaspoon salt

·      ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ground

 

Method:

1.     This recipe is incredibly easy and quick. Simply place all of the ingredients except the 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut into the blender. Pulse at first to break everything up. Then continue to blend until a rough ball is formed. Then add the coconut and pulse again.

2.     Now, using your hands roll into balls of your preferred size. Set aside.

3. Get a plate and place more desiccated coconut onto it. Roll all of the balls individually into the coconut to coat the balls and once that is completed, store them in the fridge in an airtight container.