Feel 'blissed' with these 'raw-some', no refined sugar, no dairy, no gluten Essential Oil infused, delectable, sweet goodness protein bliss balls. Make them today, and tomorrow and after tomorrow.
Yields 10 bliss balls
Prep time 20-30 minutes
12 Medjool dates
1 tsp pure vanilla bean paste
1/4 Cup raw cacao or cocoa
1/3 Cup melted coconut oil
1 Cup almond meal
pinch of salt
Remove any stones from the dates. Soak dates in boiling water (from kettle), enough to cover, for about 10 minutes. (this is the secret softening that makes the best bliss balls when they harden again shhh..)
Add about 1/3 cup melted coconut oil. Blend or mash it together with the dates, vanilla and cocoa until it forms a caramel paste. I use a food processor to blend all through nicely. Add the almond meal and mix in with spatula. If it seems to soft, add more almond meal. Just go by feel. Roll into bite size balls, then roll into desiccated coconut. Alternatively, you could press into a lined container and refrigerate until firm. Slice into pieces and serve.
Makes sure to refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
*If adding essential oils; divide mixture evenly into equal quantities add single oils, mix in well. Essential oils we use in bliss balls are (and not limited to): peppermint, wild orange, lemon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, ginger, lime, spearmint etc- 1-2 drops for quantity 2-4 bliss balls. (Typically we add 6-12 drops of a single oil depending on the oil and how strong we want the flavour. You can experiment with the flavours you like).
Then roll each bliss ball into desiccated coconut.
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If you have not discovered this Indian treasure and comfort dish, you must! With a rich culinary heritage, universally across India, dahl is cooked and served as both nursery food and common culinary medicine. All at once, this dish evokes memories of the years spent in SE Asia - Asian food stalls and fresh food markets, the hustle and bustle of ethnic people, revving mopeds buzzing by, tropical humidity, spicy aromas and hot chai tea. Finishing off my dhal meal with real chai tea is a memory never to be forgotten.
Dahl is your protein perfect dish and a completely satisfying meal with rice or naan bread which provide the other half of the nutritional combination.. This can be all a vegetarian (not that I am) needs, but I could survive on this dish alone, seriously..!).
The the main ingredient and humble lentil are high in protein but low in fat and very nutritious. Other ingredients such as garlic possesses antioxidant properties, ginger - said to reduce inflammation or muscle soreness, a small amount of chilli - an excellent antioxidant that helps to increase metabolic rate, fenugreek - has the ability to regulate blood sugar response and the sacred golden turmeric, arguably the most powerful herb on the planet, possesses antibacterial and anticancer properties.
Nearly all of dahl's ingredients promote digestion, are anti-inflammatory and are anti-oxidants. Part of it's magic is in the simplicity of familiar flavours drawn together without the heavy hand of complex spice.
There are numerous varieties of the dahl ,dal, dhal or daal recipe and the lentil type to use. You can easily play around with it to create a version for yourself.
Red lentil dahl is easy to store and usually the quickest to prepare. Having a little stash of the ready-to-use spices makes preparing this spontaneously easy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cooking Time 25-30 mins
Yields 4-6 people
1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil
1 large brown onion, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoons chilli powder
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 cinnamon stick
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup split red lentils
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp vegetable stock powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
a handful of coarsely chopped coriander leaf
Suggested accompaniments, steamed rice, naan bread, poppadoms.
Again..I'm a porridge loving person. Could I say this dish could be likened to a cold porridge? Maybe. It's ideal for those summer months when you want to throw breakfast together or a quick snack and dash to the beach, or take it with you. That's definitely me. With the addition of rolled oats, this smoothie bowl will fill your belly very nicely and I'm confident this morning meal will keep you going for several hours.
With it's full-fat, this coconut milk has an awesome taste, creamy texture and slight natural sweetness. Coconut milk might taste like something that is not so good for you, yet it's anything but. It's considered a 'miracle liquid' since it's nutrition offers great ability to build up the bodies immune defences and prevent disease. Coconut milk contains beneficial fat called lauric-acid, a medium chain fatty acid, that is easily absorbed by the body for energy.
Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular. They are a superfood packed with antioxidants and phyto-flavinoid's. These berries are high in potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K and may lower your risk of heart disease and cancer eaten frequently enough.
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes (depends how quick you want this.. :)
A go-to 5-minute mixed berry smoothie bowl is so quick and easy.
*While preparing this berry smoothie bowl for the photo, I wanted to add a little red berry puree swirl into the middle of the blueberry heart but instead, spilt the red berry puree - it dropped into a berry baby heart so left it as it was.. ;)
Making raw plants a main part of our diet will enhance health..we are one with nature and nature is no fool. She provides these fresh gorgeous energetic qualities to encourage strong survival in our bodies - building healthy cellular tissue, reducing inflammation, supporting healthy muscle, easing digestion, allowing our bodies to cleanse and detoxify naturally, as they should.
Kick-start your morning with this pink power homemade cheer, rich in folate, these earthy tasting beets blend well with vitamin C rich sweet strawberries. That vibrant colour means you're getting some serious health benefits that will keep you fuelled all morning. You will love how this smoothie makes you feel. Just remember to wipe off your pink moustache! :)
Yields 1 cup
Prep time 5 mins
Coconut water from 1 young thai coconut (300ml) or filtered water, (amount will depend on your desired consistency)
I raw baby beet, washed and trimmed
2 large strawberries, without stalks (frozen okay too)
1 medium carrot
1 tsp or less, honey for sweetness if not using a coconut water
Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.