I did a crazy thing this week – I booked a flight to Bali! I’m leaving in two weeks (!!!) and I’ll be gone for the entire holiday period, only to return in the new year. I haven’t travelled in over three years – my all-time record. I’m totally overdue and just the thought of reading books, doing yoga, drinking smoothies and refuelling on vitamin D for a whole month gets me incredibly happy. Although I love Christmas, the snow and the holidays here with family and friends, I’m happy that this year will be different. This break is exactly what I need. I’ve heard amazing things about Bali and I’ve always wanted to go. If you’ve been and have any great recommendations, please feel free to send them my way!
I hope to squeeze in a few holiday recipes before leaving for paradise – these bliss balls being the first on my list. As are the thousands of energy ball recipes available on the Internet, these little bites are super simple to throw together and make a wonderful job at satisfying a sweet craving or providing a little extra energy boost when the afternoon slump kicks in. I gave them a holiday twist with spices like cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg, that remind me of the eggnog I used to drink as a child around Christmas time.
I hope you’re enjoying the last few days of November before the busy holiday period officially starts. x
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I’m totally into this series right now.
“You can’t be afraid to try something that someone else has already done for fear of being unoriginal, the key is to inject yourself into it.” I’m often reluctant to starting something new because my first thought is that someone else has already done it before me. This article did a great job at explaining why I shouldn’t let that stop me.
Speaking of creativity, I loved reading these words.
A fun holiday gift guide. Is it bad that the thing I want the most in the whole list are these sweatpants?!
Notes on the recipe: Feel free to use either just the cashews or the almonds if you don’t have both on hand. I used blanched almonds here because they were the ones I had, but regular almonds would work just as fine. Soaking nuts beforehand is always recommended if you can (soak almonds overnight and cashews for at least 3-4 hours) – they will be more nutritious and easier to digest.
Raw Eggnog Bliss Balls (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)
- 1 cup soft pitted dates 150 g.
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maca powder + extra for dusting
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg*
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
Unless your dates are already very soft, soak them in hot water first. Drain and dry in a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Place almonds and cashews in a food processor and blend until you get a fine flour-like texture. Add the dates and blend again to combine.
Then add the shredded coconut, vanilla extract, maca powder, spices and sea salt and blend again until combined. The mixture should be sticky and should hold together when pinched.
Roll into 12-13 balls and place on a parchment paper. Dust with extra maca powder if you'd like. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator if you'd like them a bit firmer.
These balls can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
Recipe Notes*I recommend buying whole nutmeg and grating it yourself with a microplane - the taste is so much superior than pre-ground nutmeg!
“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” – Jean-Luc Godard