Got a sweet tooth? Here’s a good challenge – ever tried cutting out baked goods and other sugary treats and replaced them with dried fruits and nuts for a week?
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
Here’s a sweet way to feed your sweet tooth, with a little chocolate variation to make it even sweeter. All you need is good dates, dried coconut, a little nut butter, and of course, rich, healthy and incredibly satisfying hemp hearts. Combine these ingredients and enjoy a hit of sweetness before a workout or for dessert. Delicious with a spot of tea! Even your mother-in-law will like them.
Because everyone deserves a little sweetness in their lives.
Sweet dates are an ancient food prized for their gooey natural sugars. Substitute these for refined sugar and consume less of the white stuff. Nutritionally, these treats will fill you up longer, meaning you can eat less of them to satisfy your craving. More sweetness means less deprivation. Less deprivation can only be a good thing. Because who wants to feel deprived?
More satisfaction from nutritious nuts and seeds means more sustained energy through the day. Hemp hearts, nut butter, and coconut provide long burning fuel that fills you up for longer. That means more time for all the other sweet things in life.
Date Coconut Bliss Balls:
- 2 cups pitted dates, soaked in water 6-8 hours
- 3 tbsp Pumpkin Seed Butter (you can substitute almond or cashew butter)
- 4 cups dried coconut
- 6 tbsp hemp hearts
Here is how:
Soak dates for 6-8 hours prior to preparing in enough water to cover.
When ready to go, heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 2 cups of coconut onto a cookie sheet. Roast the coconut in the oven until fragrant (about 4 minutes) and turning brown. Remove from oven to cool in a bowl. Drain dates and add to blender. Blend dates to a paste (you will need to stop the blender to make sure you get it all blended, do not worry if there are a few chunks left). Do not add any additional water to the dates when blending.
Remove dates into a large bowl, making sure to scrape them all out from the blender with a spatula. Combine roasted coconut, plain coconut, and hemp hearts in a bowl. Add this mixture to the date paste one cup at a time, stirring with your hands. Add pumpkin seed butter – keep stirring! Don’t be shy with your hands..the mixture should be firm enough to roll into balls.
Roll into one inch balls with your hands until all done, yum….good work!
If you are adding chocolate, melt some high quality dark chocolate over boiling water (I do this by melting the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl over a pot of bowling water). Dip the balls into the melted chocolate by hand and set on a parchment paper lined flat pan. When done, set the balls by refrigerating until the chocolate is firm.
Though this won’t be relevant – these will store indefinitely in a sealed container in the fridge!
These aren’t totally raw, as the roasted coconut takes care of that, and you certainly can’t classify chocolate as raw – but they can be if you want to skip those steps. I use Omega’s pumpkin seed butter….so good and they add a little sea salt to it.
I’d love to hear how you find bliss.
Yours in Less,