Hi everyone, oops where did that week go, I'm determined to keep up with my posting, I must get back into the routine of it!
Today we've been doing a bit of easter making, we made some 'easter eggs' which are not really easter eggs but actually Raw Cinnamon-Sunflower Truffles. A yummy alternative to chocolate eggs. The kids thought it was pretty cool to make special little 'easter eggs', and they don't give them a sugar high!
:: Raw Cinnamon-Sunflower Truffles ::
- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup pitted dried dates
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp dark agave nectar or maple syrup* (I used some honey and stewed apple here instead)
- unsweetened shredded coconut
Place the sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt into a food processor fitted with the "s" blade. Process until seeds are very finely ground. It only takes a minute or so.
Then add the dates and oil. Process again until combined and sticky. Only add the agave or maple syrup if need be. Your dates may be moist enough and you might not need extra sweetener. Check to see if you can form a truffle by rolling some of the mixture in your hands. If it falls apart then add the sweetener and process again.
Scoop out the sunflower mixture by the large spoonful and roll into balls. Then roll in shredded coconut. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
We had some for morning tea with a hot chocolate - and that's another recipe that I need to share with you, homemade hot chocolate mix, so easy, so good. I use organic cocoa and organic sugar and it's so much cheaper doing it yourself than buying it pre-made.
The recipe is from Real Simple, Chocolate Chunk Hot Cocoa Mix - sometimes I add the chocolate chunks and sometimes I don't, of course it's a bit more decadent with the chocolate chunks :).
We've wrapped a few of our easter eggs up to give away and we made some special cellophane window cards too.
So that's kept us busy for the day and we are very much looking forward to the long weekend. We have much planned including some long overdue work on the house extension, catching up with family, but most importantly of all we will be reflecting on Easter and remembering Christ's sacrifice for us.
I wish you all a joyful and relaxing long weekend xx