Go Nuts for Coconut Balls!

posted on February 22, 2014

Looking for something sweet but also so healthy?!?  Well, chew on these - Raw Coconut Energy Balls! Yummmm... For those of you with sensitivities, they are gluten free, dairy free and vegan (and for those of you without sensitivities, don't let that turn you off! I swear they are excellent!)

I discovered a similar recipe a few weeks ago and I have made them so often since, that I have changed the recipe to my liking.  Coconut, cocoa and almonds...the perfect treat to quench that sweet craving :)  Great for the whole family!

Ingredients (for approx 20 energy balls):

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup organic shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup dry roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (can use flax seeds)
  • 1 tbsp organic pure cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsps unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup organic agave
  • Optional - for an added energy kick - add 1 tsp maca root powder

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well.

Add almond milk and mix.

Add agave syrup and warmed almond butter.

Mix ingredients together.

Create balls out of mixture by packing handfuls back and forth between your hands, until molded into tight balls (about 1 ½ inches in diameter).

Place ball into a storage container you can put in the freezer.

Repeat until all mixture is all used up.

Store in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Serve cold.

Enjoy!

If your hubby is like mine - these will be gone in no time!

Creamy Cauliflower Cilantro Soup *vegan

posted on February 10, 2014

My apologies...I have been blogless for almost a year!! Wow!  A year goes fast...

2013 just flew by as I have been busy with the new love of my life, my sweet little daughter!  She is now 6 months and starting foods!  I can't believe it.  Inspired by her purees, I made this flavourful and warming cauliflower soup.  Yummmm... Comforting and soo healthy all in one bowl.

2014 has brought us heaps of snowy weather so get cozy and warm up with a hearty bowl of soup!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower

1 onion med to large size

1 parsnip (peeled)

4 cloves garlic peeled

1 tsp rosemary

1/2c chopped fresh cilantro

1 can coconut milk

Salt and pepper to taste

 

  • Chop cauliflower, onion and parsnip into large pieces
  • Add it plus garlic cloves and rosemary to large pot.
  • Cover veggies with water (approx. 5c)
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cook for approx. 15-20 mins or until veggies are soft
  • Scoop cooked veg into blender (may have to do in 2 batches)
  • Add fresh cilantro, salt and pepper
  • Add 1/2c water from pot and ½ can of coconut milk – repeat with second batch.  Add more water to reach smooth creamy consistency
  • Serve hot and enjoy!