Hey hey all!
Thank God it’s Saturday, right?! After five-and-a-half hours of cooking class yesterday, this was much needed. I have an überfun Saturday planned out. First I am off to my third Bikram class of the week (I know right?). Straight after I’m going to a very cool event in downtown Amsterdam to hear the president of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini, and infamous Jaap Seidell, leading food & nutrition professor at the University of Amsterdam, talk about the changing face of food agriculture. Vegetarian, organic & fair-trade lunch included, score!
Afterwards I’ll be hitting up the organic farmers market, but this time not my usual Noordermarket, but the Nieuwmarkt downtown. Always fun to change things up. The rest of the evening will be spend with this cutey:
Bonus points for drinking a Green Smoothie!
Don’t tell him, but the only reason I hang out with him :
Well, seeing as how I’ll be out for the rest of the day, I thought I’d treat y’all to a wonderful new recipe. Fair warning: extremely addicting!
Raw Chocolate Truffles
Yields about 18 medium-sized balls
Slightly adapted from The Beauty Detox Solution
* 1 rounded cup almonds
* 1/4 cup raisins
* 1/4 cup (raw) cacao
* 2 dates
* 1 T coconut oil
* 1 t vanilla extract
* 3 T water
* optional: few drops stevia or 1 T liquid sweetener
* garnish: shredded coconut, more cacao powder, ground nuts, etc
Ground nuts into a fine flour in food processor (don’t overprocess to a butter!). Add rest of the ingredients into a sticky batter. Roll balls and refridgerate. There you have it, a completely wholesome & healthy chocolate fix! Plus, a cool spinoff:
Add one large banana and 3 T water to above recipe in the food processor and mix. (use a very ripe banana if you like a banana-y flavor. use an unripe one if you wish a more chocolate-y flavor). Spread out onto a small ramekin or perhaps ice-cube tray, mini-muffin tray, etc. Be creative! Store in freezer or fridge. Let soften for one minute if stored in the freezer prior to eating.
Pretty much the perfect day if you ask me. Absolutely perfect would be if I had some of these truffles left, though..
Enjoy your weekend all!