Welcome 2015! I have been conspicuously absent from the blogging world as of late. Well, at least in my own mind; I am quite certain not too many others have noticed and that is ok. I have been wrestling with a few different things over the last several months and one of the things that has been on my mind is why am I blogging and for whom am I writing? I must confess (because if you haven’t noticed, I am all about confession here on Dose Dependent; it’s one of my gifts actually; the ability to look unflinchingly at those things in my life that are not pretty, things that are self-serving and prideful so that God, in His mercy, can root them out of me), I was not writing to serve my audience or the Lord but to serve myself. And when I write because I think I may get noticed, or applauded, or offered a writing job (yes, yes, I have entertained these fantasies!), then I am not fully writing from a place of passion. Passion to share what God puts on my heart in order to build others up, whether it be nutritionally or spiritually. And that, I am coming to understand, is really my calling, my true passion; to serve others with what God speaks into my heart, in my life. After all, Jesus is the Servant King and we are called to be like Him. “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30)
And so with that introduction, I give you my first gift for 2015, a little recipe I tweaked from the incredibly talented Julie Morris (www.juliemorris.net), my Raw Chocolate Almond “Brownie” Bites. In her recipe (No Bake Brownies), Julie uses walnuts but we found that the “brownies” were too oily for us. Almonds, because they are less oily, make a great substitution without losing any of the flavor of the original recipe. Plus, almonds have less fat (47g vs 80g) and less calories (546 vs 783) per cup than walnuts and slightly more dietary fibre and protein. All that is good news after indulging over the Christmas season because let’s face it, is it realistic to give up sweets just because it’s January and we ate too much in December? I think not! So yeah almonds!! I also rolled some of the bites in unsweetened coconut or coconut sugar just to change it up (I really like the coconut sugar but that’s cause I have an insatiable sweet tooth).
I hope you enjoy this first offering of 2015; may you be blessed as you run after spiritual and nutritional health in 2015.
Raw Chocolate Almond “Brownie” Bites
makes approximately 1-1/2 to 2 dozen balls
• 1 cup raw almonds, whole or pieces
• 1 cup Medjool dates, pits removed
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut sugar for dusting (optional)
Place the almonds in a food processor and process until the nuts form a coarse flour. With the machine running add the pitted dates, cocoa powder and salt. Continue processing until a moist, crumb-like dough has formed.
Roll into 1-1/2 inch balls. If desired, roll the balls in either coconut flakes or coconut sugar. Refrigerate (if you can!) until ready to eat.