Well it’s officially Christmas time! I really love this time of year because London is at its absolute prettiest with all the lights and hopefully snow AND it means I get to fly back home (Australia) for a few weeks to see the family – and enjoy the hot Melbourne summer! I know, it’s all pretty confusing, trust me, my body let’s me know it confuses it also 🙂
So today I’m making something Christmassy and I think these lovely little balls of sweet, nutty and fruity deliciousness would make a great treat to leave for Santa or eat whilst opening all those pressies! I made these up as I went along and they turned out lovely, but feel free to mix in any of your own ideas – this recipe is totally adaptable.
Makes: 14 -15 balls
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats, soaked for 10 mins
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup raisins, soaked for 10 mins
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil
- Salt to taste
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
In a food processor, blend the almonds until finely chopped.
Drain and press as much water as you can out of the oats and add this to the almonds. Add also the dates, raisins, cocoa powder, maple syrup, oil and salt. Pulse until you start to get a sticky, thick mixture.
Add the coconut and pulse a few more times.
Place mixture in a large bowl and stir in the cranberries until combined. Now roll up into neat little balls and place in fridge for an hour. I sprinkled mine with some extra coconut to look like snow (I have always been very imaginative) but if you are not that daring then you can fancy them up any way you choose!
These little beauties are also amazing to snack on when you are in need of an energy boost. I have one right before I go to gym or go for a run/walk. I have started to run again (good timing, it being freezing and all) and I was lucky enough to be sent a new pedometer to test out and review. It is the Ozeri 4×3 Motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer – a mouthful I know! I’ve never used one before but I can say this one is amazing. It counts the steps I take very accurately and it’s super easy to set it up. You just input some info about yourself and it gets working right away. You can choose between km/miles and it also calculates your calories, distance and time. You can split the counter also, which is great if you want to record, for example, a single activity. The one thing I would say, however, is that it does not seem to take into account my extra calories burned when walking or running up an incline. I tested this out on a treadmill and whilst the treadmill showed 230 calories, the pedometer said only 120 – even though I gave the treadmill the same information as the pedometer.
All in all I would definitely recommend this product, it can really help you to stay on track of certain goals and can be motivating, as I really was not aware of how many steps I took in a day! It comes with a handy little screwdriver to open the back for changing batteries and a cord to hang it around your neck, although it’s small enough to put in any pocket.