• It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. Life has been hectic. My daughter got married last weekend and the ramp up to it kept us quite busy. It was a glorious wedding and they are now vacationing in sunny Hawaii!

    The last month or so has been a transition time for me as I’ve continued to explore eliminating yet another food group – I’ve been very deliberately eating dairy-free which means very carefully reading labels. Just because something says dairy-free doesn’t mean it is completely dairy-free. It has something to do, I’m sure, with labeling laws. But it confounds the heck out of me. How can something say dairy-free and not be completey dairy-free? In any case, my persistent phlegm (I know, it’s gross) has begun to dissipate, which is wonderful considering the fact that singing is my livelihood. I also have been very consciously trying not to overeat – difficult, as I’ve been doing it all my life. That’s a tough habit to break. Being Celiac has forced the issue though. My body just doesn’t tolerate too much food in one sitting. So I have to very acutely monitor it if I want to avoid indigestion.

    This morning, I had a new green smoothie, inspired by Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach. It consisted of baby spinach, fresh pineapple, 1 fuji apple, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 lemon (including peel), 1/4 lime (including peel). Her recipe called for 4 sticks of celery, but I didn’t have any, so I made the smoothie without the celery. I also added about 1 tablespoon of agave syrup. It was very interesting, in a good way. It was tart and sweet, lemony, limey, appley – I could not detect the spinach at all, except for the color of the drink. I sipped it over the course of an hour and it really held me through the morning – I was admittedly surprised, sure that I would be hungry within an hour of drinking it.

    Tonight I finally gave in to my chocolate fix. For days I’ve been wanting chocolate. I’m pretty sure that I found this next recipe on www.GoneRaw.com. But for the life of me, I haven’t been able to locate it again. Whoever posted it, whoa – that’s all I can say. These are fantastic! I don’t even know what the original recipe was called, so I gave it my own name. Why did I call them Almost Raw? Because the chocolate nibs I used were roasted and thus this recipe is not considered raw. But I’m sure you could substitute raw cacao nibs if you wanted to make it completely raw. Or conversely, you could probably make it with chocolate chips (not raw, obviously).

    Almost Raw Chocolate Balls of Deliciousness
    Servings: 11 balls
    Weight Watcher Points = 2 1/2 points per ball

    1/2 cups raw whole almonds
    1/2 cup raw pecans
    1/4 cup chocolate nibs
    1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut
    7 whole pitted dates, chopped
    3 tablespoons agave syrup

    Coarsely chop almonds and pecans in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined. Roll into small balls. Eat. Smile.

    I ate one. It was delicious served at room temperature, but I’m eager to try them after they’ve had a chance to chill in the frig overnight. Do you think I could eat one for breakfast?!?!? Or maybe two?!?!?

    This post is linked to Simply Sugar & Gluten Free’s “Slightly Indulgent Tuesday” June 29, ’10 post.
    • Faye

      yummy!! mmmm! may have to try them…weight watcher point value??

      love ya

    • Ellen

      I figured out the WW points – assuming my math is correct, they are about 2 1/2 points per ball. Worth every point!

    • Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF)

      These make me think of a homemade Lara bar. It looks greaT!

    • Ellen

      By golly, I think you’re right. They do taste like one of the chocolate flavored ones. Only if I don’t say so myself, even better. And SO easy to make. I can never eat a whole Lara Bar, but these little babies – I can easily eat just one of them and be very satisfied.

    • speedvegan

      These were awesome. We used 1 cup almonds (no pecans), cacao powder and some Himalayan salt. Next time I think think we will add a vanilla bean as well. Mmm… Thanks !

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