Healthy Date & Cacao Bliss Balls From Jan Martin, Sweet Louise Member

Healthy Date & Cacao Bliss Balls

These Recipes are from a special collection of 31 recipes for the 31 days of October launch to support Kiwis living with incurable breast cancer.

The 1st of October, Sweet Louise, a national organisation supporting Kiwis with incurable breast cancer, has launched its inaugural The Sweet October Cookbook, a collection of 31 recipes for 31 days.

Featuring sweet and savoury concoctions from Al Brown, Sarah Gandy, Jesse Mulligan, Matilda Green, Shavaughn Ruakere, Karla Goodwin, Jordan Rondel, Angela Berrill and Hannah Barrett as well as members of the Sweet Louise community, The Sweet October Cookbook has something for everybody – no matter what cooking ability.

The e-book will be a highlight of Sweet October and builds on last year’s successful culinary events at various locations around New Zealand. This October, Sweet Louise aim to raise a milestone $100,000.

“This year we wanted to acknowledge members of Sweet Louise – New Zealanders living with, or those that have passed away from secondary breast cancer – with a beautiful book filled with nutritious food and comforting culinary delights” says Sweet Louise CEO Philippa Reed.

Throughout the month of October Kiwi Families will bring you a small taste of the delicious treats you will find in this wonderful cook book. If you would like to Find out more or support this wonderful cause check out sweetlouise.co.nz

Healthy Date & Cacao Bliss Balls

“I found this recipe on Google and have added and adjusted it to my liking. I try very hard to be refined sugar free. This is my ‘sweet treat’ after dinner in the evenings – but only one of course!”

MAKES: 16 balls
Ingredients
12 Medjoul dates, stoned and cut in half
1 cup almond meal
1⁄2 cup shredded coconut and 1/3 cup extra for rolling
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1⁄2 cup dark chocolate chips, optional

Method
1. Place the dates in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 15 minutes and drain well.
2. In a food processor, process the dates, almond meal, shredded coconut, coconut oil, cacao powder and chia seeds until the mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl and leave to stand for 20 minutes to soften.
3. At this stage, add the chocolate chips to the mixture if using.
4. Place remaining coconut in a shallow dish.
5. Roll the mixture into balls (about 30g each) and then into the coconut to coat.
Refrigerate.

BONUS RECIPE INSTANT ENERGISER JUICE FROM ROBYN PARKINSON, SWEET LOUISE MEMBER

“Drink first thing in the morning – this juice saw me through my 2000 breast cancer recovery and again this past year. It has enabled me to overcome tiredness and has boosted my immunity”

2-4 carrots
1 apple
2 kiwifruit
1 orange
1 handful of parsley or kale (optional)

Juice all of the above ingredients together. Enjoy!!

Alayna Flighty

Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes when children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.

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