Healthy Holiday TreatsDec 12, 2021
Does the holiday season feel like a challenging time to make healthy food choices? While it's true that there is often more focus on sugar and alcohol, (and less on vegetables, being outside, and moving our bodies), the holidays don't have to be such an inner battle.
I have some amazing plant-based holiday treat recipes to share with you!
These recipes are from the fabulous Tracey Thiele who leads Habit Implementation in the Vitality Circle and is an amazing cook. I hope these recipes inspire you to have some treats that don't leave you feeling even one ounce of inner conflict.
It's a season to celebrate your life and light. Enjoy!
Chocolate Truffle Balls
1 ½ cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)
12 oz. 100% cacao bar - (typically come in 6 oz bars)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Optional - toasted coconut to roll balls in
Melt coconut milk and cacao in a double boiler until smooth, put in a high power blender with maple syrup, vanilla, blend till smooth. Cool in refrigerator. Roll into balls and then roll the balls in coconut (toast coconut prior for a more nutty flavor). Keep in the refrigerator as they will get gooey at room temp if left out too long.
½ cup sunflower butter
1 cup coconut manna (creamed coconut)
2 TBL honey
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 t. salt
Coating: Bag of your favorite chocolate chips to melt and dip - dark or milk (I used Lily’s stevia sweetened dark chips) Combine truffle ingredients in a food processor, chill in freezer for a few minutes. Roll into balls. Dip into melted chocolate chips (you may want to use a toothpick to hold the balls). Set on a plate or parchment paper to set up. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Nut/Date Balls (with optional ingredients)
1 cup roasted pecans, walnuts, cashews* (I soak raw nuts in salt water overnight, roast 170 for 8 hours before using)
1 cup pitted dates
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Options you can add:
¾ cup cacao nibs
¾ cup coconut
*You can use seeds instead of nuts: hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame
Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg
1 T. Ashwagandha (supports nervous system)
Put everything in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Roll into balls. Enjoy!
I hope you delight in these nourishing treats. Your friends and family will appreciate them too, I guarantee it. Creating inner peace and ease is what this time of year could be about for all of us. If you want a little more nourishing support, join me for the Winter Solstice Retreat (Treat) online December 17 & 18. We'll nourish ourselves through yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, self-inquiry, cooking, and creative explorations. See the schedule and sign up HERE.
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