This week my blog turns one year old. It’s interesting when there’s a certain day of the year, when you know exactly what you were doing, thinking, and feeling on that day a year ago, or even several years ago. Whether it’s a feeling of loss, love, liberation or anything in between, memories come flowing back, along with the emotions that were attached to them at that time.
The day I decided to send this blog floating about the internet, was a day I felt a small stream of life flow back into my soul. After spending the better part of a year depressed, struggling to find motivation to get out of bed, I decided I needed to start doing what I loved again before I could feel any improvement. My passion for cooking, creating and learning have gotten me through hard times before, and with this blog as a creative outlet, it’s slowly healing me again.
To keep my rambles to a minimum, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s clicked on my blog and supported it one way or another. I’m not always the best at forming the right combination of words in order to express how I feel. Sometimes feelings just doesn’t translate to spoken word, but I do know it’s gratifying when I get to share my own recipes that I love so much with other people around the world. I’ve always loved feeding people, which is probably why I’ve spent so many years working in kitchens, and this is one more way I can accomplish that.
- 1 cup Dates
- ¼ cup Almond Butter
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 50 g Vegan White Chocolate Or use regular white chocolate if not vegan
- ⅓ cup Shredded Coconut
- Goji Berries for nose
Combine the dates, almond butter, cocoa and salt in a food processor and blend until the dates are broken down and the mixture forms into a ball. You can then refrigerate the mixture to make it firmer and easier to work with.
Form the date mixture into balls of different sizes for the snowmen. Example: 1½ Tbsp for the bottom, 2 tsp for the middle and 1 tsp for the snowman's head. These can be as big or small as you want them to be. (Leave a couple Tbsp for eyes, mouth, buttons and hats.)
Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Place your coconut in a separate bowl so you have the chocolate in one and coconut in the other.
Dip the date balls in chocolate, then roll in coconut. Set on a plate and continue until all the snowman parts have been dipped.
To assemble the snowman, place a toothpick through the center of the head, then through the middle piece, and into the bottom, largest coconut ball. It should be able to stand upright now. Form the eyes, buttons and mouth with tiny pieces of date mixture that you saved earlier. For the hat, I used about 1 tsp of date mixture, rolled into a ball, then pinched around the edges until it resembled a hat shape. Stick in a goji berry for a nose, cloves for arms (or roll date mix around a toothpick cut in half and stick one in each side for arms).