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RECIPE: How To Make Energy Balls – Gluten free / Nut free / Vegan / Sugar free

On November 20, 2014 In Body, Recipes

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Tomorrow night I am hosting a little party to celebrate my new jewellery collection with Jessica de Lotz. We decided to get the usual bottles of Prosecco in and then decided that truffles would be a good accompaniment. I decided that I would make them and along with some full fat cream chocolate traditional style bites I would make something that I can eat too!

Now I don’t always fit into the frequent allergy recipes as not only am I gluten free and sugar free but also nut free. I often get frustrated as most of the now ‘go to’ health recipes are almonds here, cashews there etc and WHAT ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO DON’T EAT NUTS?!

I can however eat Coconut and we all know about the benefits of that guy, so I set about experimenting with three different types of allergen free snacks. If you are allergic to Coconut, I’m sorry!

You’ll find a lot of recipes for Energy balls and Vegan truffles online, so many! and the great thing is that since they are so easy to make they are also really simple to make up yourself. I gathered a few ideas from my Pinterest search and then made my own versions.

They taste pretty good to me!

I encourage you to use these recipes as guidelines and add in whatever you feel like. Experiment as I did. I have to also tell you that I didn’t pay much attention to the amounts I was using at the time so have had to go backwards and work it out (GUESS) for you (v professional chef skills here you see.) BUT the thing about truffles and energy balls are that if you only include things you like & you can roll it into a ball then it’s going to be ok.

For those of you who are more sugar friendly than me, you could add some Brown Rice Syrup or Stevia (the two safest sweeteners) to any of these. GO WILD.  If you are on a no sugar diet please also be aware that dates and figs are very sweet so perhaps don’t eat 10 of those at once!

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❤ COCONUT MOON SWOON TRUFFLES – Sugar free / Vegan / Gluten and Grain free.

(THESE ARE MY FAVES)

INGREDIENTS: Makes about 12-20 balls depending on how big you like them!

  • 2 and a half Cups of unsweetened shredded coconut, or coconut flakes
  • 4 Teaspoons of melted coconut oil
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • Cacao powder (or cocoa if you wish) – As much as you like, taste to your chocolate preference.

METHOD

  • Place the shredded coconut in the food processor with the coconut oil on high speed. Process until the coconut is to a paste/buttery consistency. This is also up to you as to how ‘bitty’ you like your coconut, blend longer if you want it smoother.
  • Add the coconut milk, salt and cacao and process until it’s all mixed and then put in a bowl.
  • I found this mixture to be quite wet so I put the bowl briefly in the fridge before shaping into balls.
  • Roll the truffles in some raw cacao powder and then refrigerate.
  • Serve at room temperature because then they taste creamy and great – also known as so good I had one for breakfast today.

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❤ CHOCOLATE DATE POWER BALLS – Sugar free / Vegan / Gluten and Grain free.

INGREDIENTS: Makes about 12-20 balls depending on how big you like them!

  • 1 and a half cups or 250 grams of Dates
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, or coconut flakes
  • 1 cup Cacao nibs
  • 4 Tablespoons Cacao powder

METHOD

  • Place all the ingredients in the food processor on high speed. Process until it is all in one big lump!
  • Roll into balls of your size
  • I left half of mine plain and then rolled the other half in shredded coconut.
  • Refrigerate and serve as desired.
  • The cacao nibs in these give off quite a strong flavour – almost like a hit of espresso! I found that they tasted at optimum after a night in the fridge.

❤ FIG & CHIA POWER BALLS – Refined Sugar free / Vegan / Gluten free.

INGREDIENTS: Makes about 12-20 balls depending on how big you like them!

  • 120 grams of Dates
  • 120 grams of Figs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Rice Syrup (You can omit this if you want completely sugar free)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, or coconut flakes

METHOD

  • Place all the ingredients in the food processor on high speed. Process until it is all in one big lump!
  • Roll into balls of your size
  • I rolled half of mine in ground chia and then rolled the other half in pumpkin seeds. You could also use shredded coconut, cacao or whatever you feel like.
  • Refrigerate and serve as desired.

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Let me know if you try any of them!

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Louniversity: Tarot Tutorial – Surrender Spread

On October 23, 2014 In Louniversity, Tarot, The Louniverse

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To honour tonights New Moon Eclipse in Scorpio I thought that I would design a new Tarot Spread. The theme is Surrender! Of course.. you know it’s my favourite way of living and the most frequent conversation that I have with my clients.

If you’d like to know more about the New Moon Eclipse then head here to my favourite babes The Astro Twins for their insights. The part that I’m really interested in is the Scorpio factor! I’m a Scorpio as you may know and I consider us to be the deep sea divers of the Zodiac. Scorpio rules death and rebirth and I’ve found that over the years life really swings more in my favour the more that I embrace change and am willing to reinvent myself over and over.

After all, I believe that life is a journey and is a wonderful spiral of evolving cycles. We are here to constantly make like a Phoenix and let go in order to make space for the new. This is what Surrender is all about! – allowing life to flow so that we feel less stress and are more connected to our mind, body and spirit.

So with this in mind, I have created you a Surrender Spread. The aim of this spread is to remind you of and highlight what needs surrendering in your life and what might be holding you back from doing so. From there you can look at what might be awaiting for you in the space you clear as well as the hidden message that your inner soul system is trying to remind you of.

This spread is perfect to do:

  • Each month on the New Moon
  • At any significant point of change
  • When you feel really stuck
  • When you are ready to invite change into your life
  • When you are ready to surrender!

I would also really love to help you with your own spreads, so if you end up using this then please join the conversation on my Facebook page and leave me a comment if you’d like help interpreting yours. I’d love to chat with you! You can also tag me on instagram to your posts and I’ll see you there.

Enjoy!

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What you need: A deck of Tarot cards. You could also try this spread with your Angel cards or other decks that you like. It’s easy to adapt once you get creative and have fun.

This is a Five Card Spread and I have laid out instructions below. The second card is placed over the first and then the remaining three are laid out beyond.

  1. What do I need to let go of / release / surrender?

You probably already have an idea of this question. If so then deal the spread with this in mind and this serves as showing you what the deeper meaning behind the need for surrender is. If you don’t know what it is that you need to let go of then look at this card with fresh eyes and an open heart. This is not a time for self judgment, only kindness and a will to explore your experience.

2.  What is holding me back from doing so? 

This is the card that provides insight into might be blocking you. This is the position that requires the most surrender from you when reading as it’s easy for us at this point to try and talk ourselves out of freeing ourselves from restrictions. This card may bring up your biggest fear or even an external influence that is restricting you.

3.  What will help me to move forward?

This is your action card. The card in this position shows you what will assist you during the forthcoming transition that you seek. Soak this card up and look at it from all angles. This is the card to dive into and let it bring you insights and a new perspective.

       4.  By letting go of what I no longer need, what will I clear space for?

When we surrender and remove things from our life that are no longer serving for us we clear a space for something new! This is one of the concepts that really helps me when I know I need to move forwards. It can be easy for us to think that if we ‘let go’ then we are losing something, when in fact it’s the total opposite. You don’t lose anything but you do free yourself a great big space to receive. This position might give you some insight into what is waiting for you as you step into your best self.

5.  What secret messages does my inner soul system want to remind me of?

This is the bonus card that allows your highest self to step forward and remind you of what you already know. It’s a card of reassurance, compassion and soul knowledge.

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❤ Now it’s your turn!

If you try this spread out for yourself then please share with me on my usual social media channels as below. I’ve also started a conversation on my Facebook page here and am happy to help you interpret your Surrender Spreads if you’d like to share.

Love,

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