Am I going to too far with the whole 'Making Love In The Kitchen' themed posts? You should see the creepy search terms people put into google that land them on my site. I can only imagine how disappointed someone must be when they type in "grandma making love videos" and come upon silly me giving a tour of my dry goods filled cupboards or my grandma showing off the contents of her freezer.
I hope to appease the web surfers who come upon my site while searching for obscure sex videos by offering a delectable chocolatey raw recipe. This is one of my sister-in-law Carly's favourites and since she is about to become waaaaay older than me (this is when six months means a lot) when she turns thirty next week, I am posting this little gem of a recipe in her honour. Happy Birthday Carlos!
This is a great recipe if you are not particularly at home in the kitchen because there are no major appliances involved- like a stove. So if you can't cook but would like to do something nice and indulgent for the woman you love who might be turning thirty next week (Michael- you there?), this could be a great idea!
Also a great recipe if you are on a low glycemic diet as though the balls are sweetened with dates, they are also high in fibre, fats and protein. This recipe also happens to be grain free so it's great for people with inflammatory bowel conditions. So even though dates are high on the glycemic index, they have all sorts of healthy things going on.
Dates are a great source of dietary fibre and have the highest concentration of polyphenols (antioxidants) among dried fruits. A serving of power-packed dates contains 31 grams of carbohydrates, making them a powerhouse of energy. Dates are one of the best natural sources of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral your body needs to maintain muscle contractions including the vital heart muscle. Potassium is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to balance the body’s metabolism as well. As you consume potassium you excrete sodium, helping to keep blood pressure down. As people age, their kidneys become less efficient at eliminating sodium. Dates also contain a variety of B-complex vitamins –that have a variety of functions that help maintain a healthy body – to metabolize carbohydrates and maintain blood glucose levels, fatty acids for energy, and they help make hemoglobin, the red and white blood cells.
Though I prefer to eat it as a sweet little truffle, it can also be made into a cake form. I have provided directions for both.
- 1 cup raw walnuts, unsoaked
- 1 cup almonds, unsoaked
- ½ tsp salt
- 15 pitted dates, unsoaked
- ¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoal
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 Tbs coconut syrup
- 2 Tbs water
- ½ cup shredded coconut or ½ cup extra cocoa powder
- Place the nuts & salt in a food processor fitted with the S-blade and process until finely ground.
- Add the dates, cocoa powder, coconut syrup and vanilla.
- Process until the mixture starts to stick together. Add water as needed & process briefly.
- Using about 1 Tbs of mixture, roll into balls.
- Sprinkle coconut or extra cocoa out onto a plate or cookie sheet and roll balls through, giving them a light dusting.
- Keep refrigerated until serving, or even better- eat them right out of the freezer.
- Follow the first two steps as outlined above.
- Thinly slice strawberries.
- Line a 6-8 inch (diameter) bowl with plastic wrap.
- Press layer of chocolate mix into bowl and then layer with strawberries.
- Repeat with another layer of chocolate mix followed by strawberries.
- Add the rest of the chocolate and press together.
- Easily tip the bowl upside down onto a serving plate and allow cake to rest on the plate.
- Sprinkle with coconut and decorate with strawberries.
- Chill for 1-2 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.