Don’t get me wrong, you guys. I adore chocolate, baked goods and pastries as much as the wonderful Julia Child herself. But lately I’ve been indulging in them a little too much, and thebalance that I always strive to achieve with my cooking and eating has been more of a lopsided see-saw with a whole lot of Milka chocolate weighing one side down!
The thing is, if I could only eat veggies, protein, grains and healthy fats every day, I’d be a miserable old sod. It’s not that I don’t love them… I pinky promise, I do! But I have a sweet tooth, pals… I’ve tried to give up all sugar before and it just left me so grumpy! And who wants to live a grumpy life, except for one of the seven dwarves?
So, venturing to get back the balance in my diet, I’ve been cutting back on refined sugars and replacing them with natural sugar. Fruit, dates, honey, maple syrup… A little bit every day keeps my cravings at bay! (That is, until the weekend comes around! Then I am all about treating myself to a real, sugar and butter filled brownie!)
I’ve always had the belief that there’s no such thing as bad food and good food. A little bit of everything is wonderful! It ensures you’re loading up on all the nutrients your body needs and the sensations your taste buds need! I only have one rule I abide by when I create and eat food: it has to taste good! Whether that be a big bowl of pasta, a massive, colourful salad, a cookie or a bliss ball… I don’t care. It just has to be delicious, otherwise there’s just no point!
Enter: these lemon and coconut bliss balls! They’re so good, you guys. Super duper easy to make and wonderful for when you need a wee sweet treat with your morning cup of coffee or afternoon cup of tea. They’re also packed full of protein, healthy fats and sweetened naturally… They’re actually so sweet that most of the time, you only need one! (Note: I said most of the time. They’re still delish, so don’t blame me if you can’t stop at one!)
Also, just a wee side note: A lot of people are against dates because they’re so high in natural sugar. Each to their own and all that, but chill out a little bit! They’re so sweet that you hardly ever need more than one, plus when they’re paired with nuts they don’t cause a massive spike in your blood sugar… And they’re extremely high in fibre, which is maybe what those people are missing out on… When I’m blocked up, I’m cranky and opinionated too!
Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls
Makes 10 balls
– 1 cup pecans
– 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
– 1/2 cup unsweetened desicated coconut, plus extra for rolling
– Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Simply pop all of the ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender until the mixture forms into a dough-like consistency.
Using damp hands, roll the mixture into balls and then roll each ball in the extra coconut.
Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, then in the freezer for up to 3 months.