Bliss Balls with a Ginger Twist

While I was recently traveling in Portugal with my husband, our dear friends, Sugar and Shwa were house sitting for us and caring of our garden, and not only did they take amazing care of our home, but upon returning I was gifted a massive bag of homemade crystallized ginger.  Sugar, also known as Ilana, has been a dear friend of mine since we were 14, and she and I have both been big ginger lovers for as long as I can remember so she knew I would love this.  Inspired by this generous heap of delicious ginger candy, I made classic bliss balls but with a ginger twist, and these are now my favorite bliss balls that I’ve made.  These can be a sweet energizing treat for you, or given it’s mother’s day, it’s an easy gift to make for your mama too!  I like to store these in the fridge and have them before work outs.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
Bliss Balls:
1. 1 cups of dates (I used honey dates, other date varietals work well too) soaked for 1-2 hours in water to soften
2. 3/4 cup of walnuts
3. 1/4 cup of crystallized ginger
3. 1 tbspn unrefined coconut oil (preferably raw & virgin too)
4. 1 capful of vanilla extract
5. A few sprinkles of cinnamon 
Coating:  You can really get creative w/ the coating – they key is to have ingredients that are dry and ideally not to sweet so they can cut the sweetness of the date balls.  Great coatings include chopped/ processed nuts, seeds (e.g. hemp, chia, etc.), unsweetened diced coconut chips, and raw cacao nibs.  I also like to take all of the above and mix it up, which is what I did here:
1. 1 cup of walnuts, almonds or pecans – processed in food processor until in very small chunks (not all the way to powder)
2. 1/4 cup of hemp seeds
3. 1/4 cup of raw cacao
4. 1/4 cup of raw unsweetened coconut chips
Directions:
1. Take all the bliss balls ingredients and process in food processor until all ingredients form one large ball of dough-like consistency.   Transfer from food processor to a large plate.
2.  Process the nuts for the coating.  For the coating you can then choose to mix the nuts with the other ingredients like I did in a bowl or choose to keep separate and make bliss balls w/ unique topping.  
3.  On a large plate, take small chunks of the date dough and form into about a quarter sized ball, and then roll the date ball into the dry coating of your choice.  Continue this process and you should get about 15 date ginger bliss balls 🙂
And a shoutout to the lovely Sugar, my fellow ginger lover and a dear friend for life, who inspired this recipe.  

Coco bliss balls

I’ve been drinking a lot of young thai coconuts lately and playing around with different recipes where I can use all the luscious raw coconut meat.  These creamy, decadent raw vegan treats are a great protein packed sweet indulgence.

Ingredients: 
1. Fresh coconut meat scooped out of a young thai coconut: ~1 cup or meat from 1 young thai coconut 
2. 2 tbsp almond butter
3. 2 tbsp cashew butter
4. 2 tbsp maple syrup
5. 1 tbsp cinnamon
6. 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
7. Sea salt to taste
8. Optional for added crunchy texture: raw cacao nibs (~1 tbsp) and/or 1 tbsp coffee beans 
Toppings – all optional – play around with what you like – Note dry toppings (e.g. shredded coconut, granola, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc.) help grip the gooey blended cream.
1. Shredded coconut: 1/4 cup
2. Seeds of your choice (hemp, sesame, chia, sunflower): 1/4 cup
3. Granola: 1/4 cup
Instructions:
1. Blend ingredients 1-8 until smooth in a blender or food processor
2. On a plate or cutting board, lay out the dry toppings
3. Scoop out the blended cream and immediately put in dry toppings – shape into balls (or other shapes if you like!)
4. Put in freezer for 20 minutes to set
5. Enjoy!!! Warning – these can induce spikes of very positive energy and even giddyness!