Day 1 of my 100 days to healthy & if I’m eliminating wheat, dairy & sugar from my diet I’m going to need a back-up plan when my sweet craving hits around 2 PM each day. Fresh fruit just isn’t going to cut it. Enter these yummy little morsels I made. Plump Medjool dates, cashews & coconut all folded together with melted dark chocolate & rolled into little balls.
These tasted decadent but are loaded with fiber, they’re wholesome & homemade. And they aren’t made from anything I can’t eat. There may be a teensy amount of sugar in the Lindt chocolate I used but I’ll take it at 85% cacao that’s pretty good. A couple of these delectable little chocolate balls with a cup of Earl Grey tea after lunch is just what I need to get me through the afternoon.
And they’re so easy to make. Four ingredients & the method is as taxing as mixing everything together. Then rolling into balls & chilling for an hour, if you can wait that long. Me with my infinite patience couldn’t wait & confess I was eating the mixture straight from the bowl so my count might be a little off as to how many balls the recipe actually makes.
As I mentioned, today marks the start of Day 1 of my 100 days to healthy plan. This is the basics of it: No wheat or any product with its main component as wheat – so no pasta, cakes, cookies, bread *ugh. Lot of products contain wheat – like gravy packets, thankfully I make almost everything we eat from scratch so eliminating the hidden wheat should be relatively easy.
No sugar cane or sugar from sugar beets, which is where most of the sugar in North America comes from. And no artificial sweeteners, they’re poison to a body. I will sweeten things with honey, pure maple syrup, palm sugar (from the date palm) & coconut sugar (from the coconut palm). No dairy from a cow. Our bodies can’t break down the sugars in milk. Milk creates our bodies to become toxic – sore joints, upset stomach, feelings of anxiousness, headaches & such. Cow milk is for calves, avoid it. Milk from any animal is for its offspring but sheep & goat products are more easily digested. Goat milk is very pungent & one of the few things I don’t like. I don’t drink much regular milk but I do love cheese. Goat cheese I’m not overly wild about although goat feta is palatable. Pecorino cheese comes from sheep milk & that’s really good in a salad. There is also coconut milk, which, thankfully I love. Also almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk. I tend to avoid these unless I make them myself because they have additives, this defeats the purpose.
I’m not eating fast food or take-away, not that we do much anyway so that part is easy.
I’m still going to have corn on occasion & brown rice.
Lots of water & regular exercise. And by that I don’t mean sweating my ass off in a gym for two hours each day. I mean at least 30 minutes of some form of exercise such as biking or swimming for me, each day.
Now…if I slip-up & break this eating plan, then I have to start from day 1 again & that will be awful, I hate having to start things over again. Consistency is key. Along with determination & perseverance. Following this way of eating will not only shed pounds, it will eliminate toxins, give me a clearer head – getting rid of that foggy feeling, help me sleep better, reduce my cholesterol, lower my blood pressure & impart an overall feeling of health. That’s the plan anyway. Oh, I almost forgot to mention…I’m not giving up wine.
- 3.5 oz (100g) Lindt 85% cacao dark chocolate bar, broken-up
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup toasted cashew nuts
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut*, preferably unsweetened
- Place chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave for 30 seconds; stir until chocolate is melted. Microwave for another 30 seconds if the chocolate needs a little longer.
- Place dates, nuts into the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add to melted chocolate with the coconut. Stir until the chocolate is well incorporated.
- Roll mixture into 1 tablespoon balls. Place balls on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. Store balls in the fridge in a screw top jar. Makes about.
- * Shredded unsweetened coconut can be found in specialty grocery stores, health food stores & online if your local grocery store doesn't stock it. If your store has a health section in it you may also find it there. It might be called "desiccated" coconut too.