a sweet homecoming
I didn’t want to advertise the fact that I was home alone (albeit protected by the ferocious Boosty, Ha) but Viper has been overseas for the past week, which made my teething toddler troubles all the more harder to bear. His return today has been so wonderful, it actually feels like the whole household has just breathed a sigh of relief… Boosty has calmed down and is not tearing up the front lawn every time a leaf blows past. It’s weird, it’s like both Misty and Boosty knew something was not quite right, and were both unsettled by the missing Viper.
I seriously take my hat off to single parents. You deserve medals, or gallons of chocolate and wine.
Viper spent a bit of time away last year too, when Misty was younger, so I wasn’t too concerned about him being away for just over a week. Let me tell you, looking after a little baby on your own is NOTHING compared to a toddler. My oh My. I’m shattered.
I can’t thank you all enough for your lovely, supportive comments. Sometimes just knowing you are not the only one going through a certain situation is enough of a boost to get you though.
I like sprouting things… I like waking up life from hibernation. Chickpeas are my favourite things to sprout, as they are easy. The smaller-sproutables annoy me, as I tend to lose half of them down the plug hole in the rinsing/draining phase. Sprouted dehydrated buckwheat groats are one of my favourite things… but by the time I do the jar-juggle, get them onto a sheet and into my-not-so-ideal dehydrator there are probably 16 groats left. Boo.
One day I’ll have a big fancy dehydrator without a whopping great hole-thing through the middle of it. Shelves are indeed a fantastic invention. Or maybe just a proper sprouting jar? Hmmm.
Anyway, I LOVE chickpeas… I love them too much. When I love them too frequently, they do not return my affections. Sprouting-wise they are a breeze as their size makes them much less fiddly. Sprouting actually makes them more digestible, and they keep me fuller for longer for some reason? Win and win.
I thought I would share the photo above to illustrate how strange my taste buds are. Here we have raw shredded brussel sprouts, sprouted chickpeas, this relish, green peas, and a “Salad Cream” made from cooked blended black turtle beans, Savoury Seasoning, raw garlic, apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper.
Weird… but delicious (to me).
Below is something that is hopefully delicious for all….I’ve been making variations of these for years. Actually I think something close(ish) to this was my first foray into making healthy treats – the start of a beautiful relationship with my food processor. I’ve listed a few substitutions for this recipe – I have heard a few of you aren’t all that keen on dates (!) I admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of those shrivelled up little nuggets that come in the packet from the supermarket – try medjool ones, you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise use prunes and raisins. I’ve kept this super simple… but feel free to add nuts/seeds whatever you like.
Carob Coconut Bites:
(Vegan, gluten/wheat/seed/nut/grain/corn/soy/refined sugar free)
- 1C pitted prunes
- 1/2C dark raisins (or pitted dates)
- 2 T carob powder (or cocoa)
- 1t vanilla extract
- *Optional 1-2T of a liquid sweetener eg honey, maple syrup, agave – I didn’t add this but if you have a raging sweet tooth then feel free.
- 1/2t sea salt
- 3/4t lemon juice
- Coconut Butter (I used the raw version here) or dessicated coconut for coating.
- Pulse all ingredients in a food processor.. it will form a large sticky ball.
- Wet hands and roll into balls – whatever size you like.
- If I am coating in coconut butter I like to do mini-balls, as the coconut butter gives a little crunch and texture. It’s easiest if you roll the balls, let them harden in the freezer, and then coat with coconut butter (softened). Place them back in the freezer – they are brilliant as frozen treats! These remind me of those yoghurt covered raisins.
- If I roll in dessicated coconut I will usually pop a whole walnut (or any nut) in the middle of the ball, and make them slightly larger.