Coconutty Bliss Balls

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!

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Coconutty Bliss Balls
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Treat
Serves: 12-16 Bliss Balls
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Quick, simple and delicious coconut and chocolate energy balls. Free from any dairy, gluten and refined sugars. These are perfect for having on the go and are great for sharing too!
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In to a food processor place the desiccated coconut and process for approx 3 minutes until very finely ground
  2. Add 150g / 5.2oz. worth of almonds and process for a further 2-3 minutes
  3. Add coconut oil and blitz for 2 minutes until it starts to stick and becomes paste like
  4. Now add in medjool dates and remaining 20g / 0.7oz. almonds
  5. Blitz for a further 1-2 minutes until fully combined
  6. To create: Place remaining desiccated coconut on to a flat surface
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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!

 

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This beautiful spoon is from the very talented La de da Living! Click on photo to see their website.

 

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