Lately, life seems to be all about coming back 'full circle' to a place of rebirth and fresh starts. I feel like I'm in a similar frame of mind as I was about ten years ago from today, in a place of newness and wonder.
I've been pondering the profound very much these days, asking those big ol' life questions, ascertaining my place on this rotund orb of Life.
This theme of circles also crept into one of my recent raw vegan confectionary creations: Radiant Almond-Coconut Orbs. What better way to contemplate the universe than with a raw dessert in hand?
After making many a cake pop in my day, I think I just might have perfected the crafting process for the perfect raw vegan dessert ball (or, in this case, radiant orb). These sugar-free treats could easily double as a filling for a chocolate dipped cake pop.
What I love most about these orbs is that they combine almonds and coconut, two of my favourite 'nuts' (seeds, technically). In fact, coconut makes quite an appearance here; in shredded, milk, flour, and oil form.
It's been said that coconut is a true superfood; in Sanskrit, the coconut palm has even been referred to as kalpa vriksha, "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live."
These orbs radiate all of the top benefits of coconut, and are a dense energy source without the waywardness impact of sugar. You may find that one or two will sustain as a perfect treat throughout the day. Let me know.
Radiant Almond-Coconut Orbs
Makes 12-16 small orbs
raw-gluten free-sugar free-vegan-organic
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 tbsp coconut milk
4 tbsp coconut oil
2-3 tsp green stevia powder (or 10-20 drops liquid stevia)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional)
Set aside one heaped tablespoon of the shredded, unsweetened coconut in a medium-sized bowl.
Add the other ingredients to a food processor sand process until well-combined. Mold the mixture into small orbs, using your hands. Gently place each orb in the shredded coconut until well-integrated on the outside of each orb.
Place the orbs on a plate, dust with cinnamon, and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes. Serve as a snack or with your favourite cup of herbal tea (I'm still off the caffeine).
There is something to be said for the meditative process of shaping raw and vegan ingredients into decadent, yet healthy bite-sized treats.
In art school, they taught us all about the beauty of circles, namely ellipses (I remember receiving positive feedback about the loveliness of my ellipses in a drawing class).
Putting that art degree to sweet, sweet use and trying to embrace all of the ellipses and full circle moments in life.
It's what's happening.