Hello Folks! I wanted to start off by saying I know what you all may be thinking... food? When did I sign up for a food blog? So I am going to preface this recipe post with a little anecdote.

 If you're impatient and want to get your hands on this mouth-watering snack immediately, you can scroll down to my ingredient list and step-by-step method instructions. If you're mildly interested in starting your own health journey...buckle in for my quick story time!
Since I started university - like a lot of girls heading into uni - I went from being a high school athlete with a rapid metabolism, to a less active more bookish type of gal. Being in university, and trying to meet the demands of both a grueling academic schedule and part-time work, my eating habits were...shall we say...less than perfect. Okay they were not great at all! But that's okay, healthy eating habits isn't about shame and being perfect always and in all ways; its more of a learning curve. 

I immediately began noticing lower energy levels, problems with my digestion and no matter the skin routine - breakouts! From there I knew I needed help. I started seeing a naturopath who really helped me understand that sometimes are bodies are trying to tell us somethings wrong, even if we choose not to listen. From hormonal imbalances, to an under-active thyroid, I was told, there were certain restrictions to diet and lifestyle that I needed to adopt in order to feel more like myself again. She recommended I try eating a snack every 3 hours, refrain from eating dairy and keep myself away from refined sugars as much as possible. My mind went exactly where yours is right now - what in the world am I going to supplement my chocolate and sweets craving with? That's when I began researching healthy snack alternatives. Then it hit me; if myself and my friends feel this way, so many others must be feeling this way too!
So from here on out I plan on sharing recipes, new experiences and places that may bring you greater happiness and better health. Fashion is art for the eyes, but food and experiences are art for the soul. I plan on bringing both here together for you all.

So without further ado,

COCONUT CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS


Ingredients 
2/3 cup plain rolled oats*
2/3 cup of gluten-free coconut flour*
1/4 cup peanut butter**
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
5 tbsp maple syrup 
3 tbsp coconut oil 
1/4 tsp salt 
2 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 
100g of 85% dairy-free dark chocolate

Yield: ~ 25 snack balls
Time: 30-45 minutes

*oat flour: blend plain rolled oats into coconut flour with a food processor
**if you have any nut allergies, you can supplement with seed butters or any other nut-free spread option you prefer!


Instructions
1. In order to make the oat flour - take the plain rolled oats and the coconut flour, put them in a food processor or mixer, and mix until completely blended

2. Mix the blended oat flour and salt in a bowl

3.  Add in the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until you get a dough like texture 


4. Mix in the chocolate chips until you have an even distribution

5.  Take the mixture and roll the dough into little balls

6. Put little balls onto a plate, cover with polyethylene food wrap (plastic/saran wrap)

7. Refrigerate the balls for 1-2 hours

8. While you wait for the balls to cool, 2 minutes before time is up, put your chocolate bars into a bowl

9. Microwave the bowl for 1-2 minutes (always make sure to pulse microwave -  i.e. microwave for 20 seconds, mix, and then put it back and mix for another 20 secs, etc.)

10.  Take a Ziploc back and put melted chocolate inside. Then just clip the tip of the bag to create a makeshift pastry piper!

11. Take your balls out of the frigde and pipe chocolate on top

12. Sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes on top of balls

13. Enjoy your new favourite snack! 


Let me know what you folks think of this recipe and if you have any questions, suggestions, or your own recipes worth trying out - shoot me a message! 

Until next time.


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