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PALEO DESSERT DATE NUT BALLS

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I am snowed in for the umpteenth time this summer, yet I am still convincing myself that Spring is around the corner. With the clocks changing this weekend and mild weather on the horizon, I am just praying for the snow to melt so I can get back outside and pound the pavement during some long walks in my new neighborhood. In the meantime, I am celebrating the fact cold weather means lots of soup. My friends at Whole Foods hosted me again for a book signing and soup tasting that was a huge success. At least a dozen people asked me if the soup was for sale after tasting it which is a good sign and a great potential business idea! I will be in the Westport, CT Whole Foods next Friday, March 13th and then the new Upper East Side store in NYC on Friday, March 27th. I am planning to be in the Greenwich location on Wednesday, April 15th as well, so if you live in Fairfield County in CT or NYC, hopefully you will have a chance to stop by!

Last week I finally had the chance to take a look at the beautiful teaser video my designer Margot Harrington put on vimeo featuring Bowls of Love. It is just 7 quick seconds, but I am crazy over it! Take a look, and if it tempts your tastebuds, you can click here to purchase a copy! I launched a promotion today for 30% off for the 1st 30 customers. Just enter the coupon code THIRTY at checkout, and you will be on your way to having delicious soups! 

Now, let's eat! I haven't posted a dessert recipe in a long time, but I wanted to transform an old favorite with a new twist. Ry and I went to our neighbors' house for dinner a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to bring a simple sweet paleo treat. These date nut balls are extremely quick and easy to make. You can make them into bars by rolling out the mixture on parchment paper, cooling in the fridge or freezer, and then slicing, or you can take the easy road like I did and just roll them into balls. This little treat has no added sugar, so they also work as a quick grab-and-go snack when you need a little fuel during the day.

PALEO DESSERT DATE NUT BALLS

SERVES 8 (24 Balls), PREP TIME: 10-15 MIN, COOK TIME: N/A 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. whole pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

  1. Chop dates in food processor
  2. Add almond flour until combined
  3. Put date/almond flour mixture in a mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients
  4. Mix thoroughly (I use my hands) and then roll into 24 one-inch balls
  5. Refrigerate until serving and then enjoy as dessert, post-workout fuel, or a great travel snack!

Recovery Paleo Bars

I know you're thinking that "Recovery Paleo Bars" are probably a post-workout snack full of protein. While they are full of protein (and deliciousness), these actually were made to "recover" from a day in normal society with other human beings. This may sound strange, but for those who don't know, I work from home everyday and have become frighteningly used to being in workout clothes and by myself. I am 100% a people-person, but I now get completely exhausted when I reenter the real world and have a day in the life of a typical business professional. After a solid day of 8+ hours of meetings downtown, I took a cab home and immediately changed out of my suit, heels, and stockings. I ate some leftover chicken soup while I finished my work for the day and knew that I would need to create a recovery masterpiece to get back to my normal self. This recipe was inspired by my love of larabars; you can use any nuts/seeds that you like, and I'm sure I will make a ton of variations with different fruits and spices as well. This is an extremely quick and easy recipe that is great for a snack or dessert. These are also great to make ahead of time before a trip so you know you always have something paleo on-the-go.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. of whole pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  •  1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  •  1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions:

  1. Chop dates in food processor
  2. Add almond flour until combined
  3. Put date/almond flour mixture in a mixing bowl and fold in coconut oil
  4. Add coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds and kneed with your hands until fully mixed (it will form a thick ball)
  5. Transfer ball onto parchemont paper and flatten (with hands, rolling pin, wine bottle, etc.) until a thin rectangle is formed
  6. Trim the edges with a knife to form the shape you want
  7. Stick in the freezer for 10 minutes
  8. Take the bars out of the freezer, slice, and enjoy! 
  9. Wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, and call a friend to come over so you don't eat them all