Featured Recipe: Coconut Bliss Balls

You know how sometimes you just lose it? I’m not necessarily talking about it, but I am talking about losing your routine. Forgetting what you like to do. What drives you and feeds your soul.

This has been my life lately.

I’ve been unprecedentedly (Is that a word? I kinda feel like it’s not.) insane. And my temporary (let’s hope) insanity has resulted in my forgetting to do stuff that I love. Like cook. And write. And clean my house. (I actually do like to do this usually; it clears my head.)

But as my poor husband can attest to, this activity, along with others, has fallen by the wayside. But you know what? Enough is enough! I need my life to get all semi-normal again, and quickly.

SO…here is my recipe for Coconut Bliss Balls, which began their (very minor) legacy as ‘Nut Balls’, but whose original name was quickly nixed by concerned family members, and my teen-aged son.

I made these a few days ago, and it reminded me how much I love great, homemade snacks. (And coconut. And my food processor.) Sometimes we just need a little nudge in the right direction to remember to breathe and stretch and be patient and slow down. Right? Because if you can’t remember you like to whip up your favourite snack once in a while, then life has become too busy.

So take my advice, and slow down. If roses were in season, I’d recommend smelling them.

Here you go:

Bliss Balls

Coconut Bliss Balls

Ingredients

2 cups pitted dates

½ cup warm water

¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats

¼ cup sesame seeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup salted pumpkin seeds

¼ cup chopped almonds

¼ cup cranberries

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients except for coconut together in food processor, until well combined.
  2. Form into balls, roll in coconut, and place on parchment paper or in mini-muffin cups as you go.
  3. Store in mini-muffin cups in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

I should also mention that a kid-friendly, nut-free version on these babies will be made on stage at Vancouver’s 24th annual Wellness Show in February, so mark your calendars for that!

For more recipes, check out Vegetarian Comfort Foods HERE. xo

*Images by Tanya R. Loewen of Wild Honey Art House.

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