Paleo-date and coconut balls

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Right then, I have decided to embark on the Paleo lifestyle. The principle actually fits in with the way we eat pretty well. I always cook from scratch using fresh ingredients but most of the time feel our food can be carb-laden and heavy. Not the sort of food I want to be eating now the sun is shining down on us. Also, Mr T won’t eat carbs in the evening (he’s so motivated) which makes for a meal planning conundrum until…

I did a bit of a Google looking for low or no carb evening meal recipes and came across a lot of info on Paleo. The concept does absolutely make sense to me so I’m going to give it a go in the hope that I will feel even more healthy and perhaps even lose a pound or ten!

The first thing I noticed was that Paleo doesn’t really include many of my store cupboard basics (cadbury chocolate, golden syrup) I needed raw ‘clean’ ingredients such as coconut flour and cacao powder. Back to Google I went and found Perfectly Paleo a great website that stocks all the bits I needed to get started. If you are new to Paleo and your local supermarket doesn’t have the things you need I would definitely recommend having a look at this site. They were super helpful and delivered the following day.

When I’m on a diet one of the main things I’m thinking is: do I have to snack on raw fruit and veg all day? The answer is no! There are literally thousands of Paleo friendly recipes and snack ideas on the internet. Pinterest is great for inspiration and drool-worthy pictures. The first thing I decided to make were these date and coconut balls. They took about 10 minutes and really are absolutely delicious, I was sceptical but really they are. I even ‘tricked’ the kids into thinking I’d made after dinner truffles muhahahaha! Anyway, that’s my little introduction into why I’m starting Paleo. Recipe below, enjoy and do let me know if you have any Paleo tips to share with me.

Ingredients

20 dates
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
2tbs raw cacao powder
1 tbs cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
shredded coconut

Method

1. Put the dates into a food processor and whizz up for about 20 seconds.
2. Add all other ingredients apart from the shredded coconut. Whizz for at least 30 seconds. It will be very thick and crumbly.
3. Form mixture into balls using your hands, you can wet your hands with a bit of water if it’s too crumbly.
4. Roll the balls in the shredded coconut.

Done! You can eat them right away and refrigerate the rest for later.

Check out my Pinterest boards for more ideas!

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