Cashew And Vanilla Coconut Bliss Balls

These scrumptious little ‘cashew and vanilla coconut bliss balls’ are the perfect guilt-free treat. They are packed with protein to help keep blood sugar and insulin levels balanced and keep sugar cravings at bay. They contain plenty of zinc, which is essential for healthy immune function and fertility, and healthy fats to fuel our brains and protect us from heart disease. These balls are also full of dietary fibre to help lower cholesterol levels and promote healthy bowel function. Eating protein and fibre rich foods will also help keep you full for longer so you’re not tempted to overeat or snack on unhealthy foods. Eat them as a snack or an after dinner treat with a herbal tea. They are also great to pop in your kids lunch boxes. If your children’s school has a no nut policy then you can replace the cashew nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds and use tahini instead of the nut butter.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews

1 cup coconut flakes

2 teaspoons vanilla paste

10 medjool dates, diced

2 Tbsp flax seeds

2 heap Tbsps almond butter

Sesame seeds (to roll balls in)

 

Method:

Place cashews, coconut, vanilla, flaxseeds and almond butter in your food processor and blend until well combined.

Add diced dates and then blend well.

Roll mixture into individual balls and then roll in sesame seeds.

Place in the fridge in an airtight container.

Makes 7 balls.

Earth to Table raw cafe

I had the most incredibly scrumptious cake EVER this week…..well actually cakes…..OK I had three cakes. Before you call me a little piggy, all the cakes were totally raw, organic, vegan, sugar-free and really healthy. ‘Raw, healthy and sugar-free, that’s not my go!!’ I hear some of you say, well read on and I’ll change your mind.

 

I met Melissa, a good friend of mine, this week for tea and cake, with my two little ones Sienna and Lily, at this newly opened café on Bronte Road in Bondi Junction, called ‘Earth to Table’. This café is the brainchild of Julie Mitsios from Conscious Choice. What I love about this café is that not only is everything totally raw, organic and vegan, but they only use environmentally friendly products, and they support local organic farmers and sustainable agriculture. So eating here you can feel good about the fact that you are doing something good for your health, the environment and your local community!!!

 

We all perched ourselves down at a table right in front of the cake display, which had all of these amazing looking, brightly-coloured cakes. I felt like a kid in a lollie shop.  Then came the hard decision, which one to choose? Finally we decided on the spirulina, the berry and the lemon meringue cakes with a scoop of berry coconut ice cream. All the desserts here at Tree to Table are sugar-free and sweetened naturally with coconut nectar, stevia and whole fruits.

 

OMG!!!! I tried the berry one first and it was sensational, with a creamy coconut and berry top and a lovely crunchy base made of buckwheat and coconut. Then I tried the bright green spirulina cake with goji berries, it was just as fabulous. Then came the lemon meringue…WOW!!! It had this incredible lemon zing, with a silky smoothness of coconut. I have to say this was my favourite of the three, and I instantly knew I was going to have to come back again soon to satisfy my new lemon meringue craving.

 

We were all extremely happy with our choices. Melissa’s favourite was the spirulina, Lily’s was the berry cake and my little 8 and ½ month old tried ice cream for the very first time, which was made purely of coconut flesh and berries, yum! I could tell by her grabbing the spoon off me and trying to shove more into her mouth that she was enjoying it too.  The beauty of these desserts is that they are all packed with antioxidant superfoods, which play an important part in our diet as they help protect us from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. So you can eat these goodies guilt free.

 

After we finished our little cake party we were looking at all the lovely meals people were eating around us. We are going to have to come back next week to try some of the lunch and dinner menu. Oh and maybe another one of those cakes 🙂

 

This café is definitely not just for health nuts like myself. I highly recommend you visit Earth to Table next time your in Bondi Junction, you will definitely be glad you did. Julie is extremely clever putting these raw creations together, you can tell she puts a lot of love into her food. She has created a truly lovely café. I’m definitely adding Earth to Table to my list of favourite places to eat.