I found out a couple of days ago that I had been added to the List of the top 50 Paleo Blogs as approved by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. This is such an honour as I have only been blogging for 9 months. I have to say that they have been some of the most amazing months and I could not have wished for a more kind and loyal readership. I have learnt so much and reading your comments, emails, tweets etc is so uplifting for me and I am so thankful to you for sticking with me. For years and years I hid the fact I was type one diabetic from any one and everyone. Can you believe that I didn’t even tell Ports (my husband) for the first eight months of our relationship. I used to disappear from bed in the middle of the night sweating, shaking, my heart racing with a low glucose level to have to find any thing sugary I could to bring it back up to normal before heading back to bed and acting like nothing had happened. Eventually telling him I was diabetic was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do as I had built it up in to such a huge thing in my head. Needless to say he was just so wonderful when I told him and has been my rock ever since. Looking back I was crazy and incredibly dangerous and I wish I could have told my younger self that everything would be ok. I was embarrassed by it and worried that people would treat me differently, I was worried that Ports would leave me! Having experienced some negative and ignorant comments when I was first diagnosed I built a shell around myself and I just wanted to be normal and young and do all the things that my care free friends were doing. However, it is now ten years to the day from when I was diagnosed and I can honestly say I now embrace having diabetes. Of course in a perfect world I wouldn’t have it, but life isn’t perfect and we all have flaws no matter how ‘perfect’ others perception of us is.
I am so excited for the next chapter of Paleo With Mrs P and can’t wait to share more and more delicious recipes with you all!
With recipes in mind I wanted to share my coconutty bliss balls. I usually try to make at least one batch of something treat-worthy every Sunday to have in the fridge ready for any sudden energy dips or unsuspecting visitors during the week. These are perfect for popping in your handbag (in a little greaseproof paper / foil) and are always a winner on the coffee table. I use a few medjool dates to sweeten them a little, but if you have a particular sweet tooth you can, of course use more! Also for any one with a nut allergy, just replace the almonds for sunflower seeds!
- 1cup / 170g / 5.99oz. whole almonds
- 6 medjool dates, pitted(approx 115g / 4oz.)
- ½ cup / 85g / 3oz. desiccated coconut (plus extra for dusting afterwards)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- Pinch of salt
- In to a food processor place the desiccated coconut and process for approx 3 minutes until very finely ground
- Add 150g / 5.2oz. worth of almonds and process for a further 2-3 minutes
- Add coconut oil and blitz for 2 minutes until it starts to stick and becomes paste like
- Now add in medjool dates and remaining 20g / 0.7oz. almonds
- Blitz for a further 1-2 minutes until fully combined
- To create: Place remaining desiccated coconut on to a flat surface
- Take mixture in your hand and roll in to balls (I use about ¾ tbsp per ball), roll in the desiccated coconut until fully coated in coconut
- Alternatively you could dip your balls (!) in to homemade raw chocolate . If you are going to do that, make your chocolate and then allow it to cool for a few minutes before dipping your bliss ball in to the mixture
- Once you have decorated all your balls, place them in to the freezer for at least 1 hr and then keep them in the fridge in a sealed container until you have gobbled them all up!