Soul food :: Chocolate Bliss Balls

I'll be honest, whilst I have mostly cut fructose out of my diet and made the switch to unsweetened foods, there are some days when I just really want a delicious treat. So, what's a girl to do? 

Well make these delicious Chocolate Bliss Balls of course! I love them because they don't have dried fruit in them (lots of hidden sugars and I'm not a fan of it anyway) and they are packed full of nutrients making them a healthy choice! 


CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mixed raw nuts (I love cashews and hazelnuts)
  • 1 cup organic oats
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (the pure, raw stuff not to be confused with Cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  •  teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of organic sea salt.
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup or coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cups of unsweetened nut butter (cashew or almond works best!)
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

1. Place nuts and oats in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. You don't want to make the mixture too fine as the balls won't hold together, so leave a bit of texture. 

2. Add cocoa powder, salt cinnamon and ginger and blend together.

 3. In a separate bowl, combine the nut butter and rice malt syrup into a paste. Add this to the dry ingredients and use your hands to rub the ingredients together. The mix will be quite dry - don't panic!

4. Gradually add in the almond milk, using your hands to work the moisture through the mixture.

5. Once the mixture is combined, shape into small balls (about the size of a truffle)

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Enjoy! 

Inspired :: Bali Retreat (Bliss Sanctuary)

Even before Eat, Pray, Love made it popular to the masses, Bali was one of the places on my 'must see' list. I have always dreamed of chilling out at a retreat - days filled with meditation, Yoga, spa treatments and utter relaxation. Not to mention some cultural immersion. 

And I think I may just have found the perfect experience. Last weekend, as I perused Pinterest on a grey Sunday afternoon, I stumbled across a link to the Bliss Sanctuary for Women. After a little bit of digging I came to the conclusion that it is in fact a little piece of heaven and somewhere I absolutely will be finding a way to visit just as soon as I can. 

It's different from other retreats in that there is no schedule, no compulsory activities and you are free to plan out your own days. What there is however, is 90 minutes of complimentary balinese massage a day, beautiful villa accommodation with indoor/outdoor bathrooms, a chef on hand to cook whatever delicious culinary delights you wish and a personal driver to take you where you like. Oh, and if you do happen to want to squeeze some Yoga, meditation or spiritual healing in, there is ample opportunity for that too. I mean, come on.

My weary, aching bones are crying out for me to buy a plane ticket right now. 

Sadly, my dream will have to wait a little while (small matter of gathering finances) but in the meantime there's no harm in a little visual inspiration is there? 

How to simplify your life - right now!

I don't know about you but throughout January I have really been feeling the urge to get back to basics. 'Ease' has been a recurring mantra for me, a desire to just simplify everything and let go of what's not serving me. Have you felt it too?

I'm not sure if it's a way of recovering from a busy Christmas season or if I am intuitively starting to prepare for spring, but either way it's feeling really good. I've cleared out my office and made space for more creativity and action. I've turned inward and committed to a daily practice of meditation and journaling to help keep me sane and I've dropped little behaviours that were turning into major distractions. 

Yes, it feels so good. 


Some tips for simplifying your life...

1. Meditate and get present

I have shared recently about how meditation has had a profound impact on my life. By being present in the current moment we slow down our thoughts, which in turn leads to greater clarity and focus. Even just 5 minutes a day of quiet time can have a big impact. If you haven't tried meditating before but would like to give it a go, Headspace is a great resource (thanks to the lovely Becky from accooohtrements for highlighting it).

2. Stop procrastinating

Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, checking your emails, playing Candy Crush, watching vlogs on Youtube. Whatever you find yourself doing repeatedly, call yourself out and stop. It's fine to love social media but limit your usage. Allow yourself to only check your inbox twice a day. 

Beware of reading blogs or using Pinterest 'in the name of research or inspiration'! Sure, for many of us these are great tools to help with our work but learn to identify when activities are useful and when they are stopping us from getting things done. 

3. Clear the Clutter

Your desk, wardrobe, kitchen table, email inbox.  Most of us have an area where the stuff of daily life builds up. Having a clutter-free space helps us to focus and feel at ease. Spend 30 minutes each day having a quick tidy up and you'll be amazed at the difference!

4. Say no

Ah, I can hear the 'people-pleaser' in you gasping right now. Learning to say no is one of the most liberating and joy-inducing acts we can do. Say no to the things that don't light you up, make you feel the way you desire or that you are only doing out of a sense of obligation or expectation. Leave room for all the things that make you come alive. 


Over to you - are you feeling the need for 'ease' right now? How are you simplifying your life? 

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