Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance
If you haven’t heard, there’s a bit of food realignment going on in TSL-world. I won’t bore you with the details but the upshot is dairy is gone (with the exception of a little butter), processed foods are pretty much all gone, our vegetable and leafy greens intake is h u m o n g o u s, and we’re eating as organically as possible*.
What hasn’t changed is LM’s sweet tooth nor his love of chocolate. Given the dairy embargo, I reckon a little chocolate treat is almost a requirement here at Casa TSL. I have posted already about the wonder that is Conscious Chocolate – the best-est, healthiest chocolate out there (IMHO). And now I bring you Addiction Food and their Coconut & Orange Dark Truffle – a decadent ‘special occasion’ truffle made with Callebaut Chocolate, toasted coconut with a hint of orange that is also dairy free, egg free and gluten-free… (sigh).
It is seriously yummy AND David Jones food hall now conveniently stocks them – which means that when I ask LM to pop into DJs for some salmon, he has to walk right past all the Addiction Food Bliss Balls, Choca Goji Rocks My Worlds, Superfood Powerballs AND Coconut & Orange Dark Chocolate Truffles. I believe we have already established LM’s purchasing prowess. Needless to say, I think it’s time I look for a Coconut & Orange Dark Chocolate Truffle alternative…
And, before a girl can gobble down another Coconut & Orange Dark Chocolate Truffle, up pops option #1. Discovered on terawarner.com, I think I shall have to give these yummy looking morsels by Joanne Newell a wee try. I shall let LM judge their success.
Orange-Chocolate Bliss Balls
Makes 20 balls
1 cup almonds
½ cup cashews
4 Medjool dates
1 cup raisins (sultanas)
1 orange, rinsed & dried
¼ cup cacao powder (or carob powder)
¼ cup desiccated coconut, for the mixture
½ cup desiccated coconut, for rolling
1. Place all nuts into a food processor. Process until they look like a fine powder (a bit like breadcrumbs – this will take at least 20 seconds).
2. Chop the dates in half and remove the pit.
3. Add the raisins (sultanas) and chopped dates to the food processor.
4. Finely grate the orange’s zest. Put the zest into the food processor.
5. Juice the orange and add the juice to the food processor.
5. Add the cacao powder and coconut to the food processor, and process the mixture until it is like a thick, sticky dough. If the mix is a bit stiff, add a few drops of water.
6. Wet your hands, and pull off a small chunk of the mixture (about a tablespoon). Roll it into a ball. Then roll the ball in coconut. Continue until all the mixture is gone. Chill the balls for at least 1 hour.
7. Eat ’em up!
If you’d like to learn more about the yummy goodies offered by Addiction Food, you can check out their website here.
*By we, I mean LM and me – the teenager’s diet isn’t as restricted although I am forcing the veggies on him, poor poppet.