Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday gift ideas

Time for goodies!!!

Earlier I've stated that I don't really celebrate Christmas and it also means that I don't like to buy gifts (not on other holidays either), but I do love to make and give eatable presents. So here is some suggestions what to bring as a gift when you visit people on these holidays.

All are of course very easy to make, healthy, extremely yummy and guilt free! :)

Chocolate truffels
yield 20 pc.
  • 200 g soaked & boiled chick peas, white beans or broad beans (I've tested them all and can recommend!)
  • 100 g dried dates
  • 1 dl cacao powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • coating ideas: coconut flakes, cacao powder, berry/fruit powders, chopped nuts
  • filling/flavour ideas: dried fruits or berries, nuts, essential oils, rum/brandy etc.
Soak the dates in water that just covers them for 4-8 hours. Put all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth dough. Pour the dough to a pot and stir in desired fillings and/or flavours. Let set in fridge for a moment. Roll into balls and roll them in the desired coating. Store in fridge.

Corny PB-balls
yield 20 pc.
  • 250 g peanut butter
  • 0.75 dl maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder (not necessary)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 4 + 1 dl cornflakes (sugar free!)
Stir peanut butter, maple syrup, lucuma and vanilla powders together. Crush the cornflakes into bit smaller pieces and add 4 dl to the PB-mixture. Roll into balls and coat with the remaining cornflakes. Store in fridge.

Citrus coconut balls
yield 10 pc.
  • 2.5 + 1 dl coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1.5 tbsp dried lemon/orange zest powder
  • 10 drops pure orange oil
Mix 2.5 dl of coconut flakes and the coconut oil in a blender into a smooth butter. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let set in fridge for a moment and then roll into balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Store in fridge.

~ Ilta

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