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Spit to Manly walk and salty sweet balls

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Recipes - Sweet | 6 comments

“Someday you will miss today” (author unknown)

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Just around the corner from Manly – out of this world view.

I did the beautiful 10km Spit to Manly walk a couple of days ago with a treasured friend. In the rush and humdrum of day to day life, it is so easy to forget the gorgeous-ness which exists just over the bridge (or wherever you are for that matter). It was a gentle nudge of a reminder to me to get out and do the things TODAY that I am always planning to get to “one day”.

 

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Pretty Flannel flowers

 

I had intended to take some whimsical photos of our picnic to include in this posting. Alas, my lentil pie turned out to be a big, odd tasting fail and the natterings over wine, baguettes and olives proved too distracting and I forgot. We even forgot to eat the highly acclaimed salty sweet balls until the ferry ride home.

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 So, there is my at home photo of the best ever salty sweet ball that you will ever eat. At the risk of sounding creepy, I adore little sweet balls and have made a few variations. But this one is the stand out.  Not only are they divine and healthy and taste of caramel but they are the perfect sized car, movie or picnic snack which you can chow down on guilt free (healthy and zero animal products). Plus, they only take about 15 minutes to whip up.

This recipe is tweeked a tad  from MindBodyGreen.com

Ingredients

20 big, soft pitted Medjool dates

3/4 cup of pecans

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place the coconut on baking paper in a baking tray in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius. It should brown in about 5 minutes. Remove and then, similarly toast the pecans in the oven – this will take about 10 minutes.

Process the pecans in a food processor. Remove and then put the dates, vanilla and sea salt into a food processor and process until it forms a paste. Remove and place into a mixing bowl with the chia seeds, pecans and coconut. Mix together with hands and form into golf sized balls. You could roll in some surplus pecan bits or dessicated coconut if you wish – I chose not to.

Makes about 8 balls (lasting 2 days in my house, eek !).

6 Comments

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  1. kate Reilly

    I love salty and sweet so definitely will be making these. Have I given you Vanda’s doha recipe? xx mum

  2. Melinda

    I haven’t done the Spit to Manly walk for years. It is definitely a must do again!. We are very lucky to have such natural beauty in such a big city.

  3. Andy

    We sat at the window of the cottage inn eating lunch, looking over across the Hawksberry to the untouched bushland across the way. Some Koorie dude thousands of years ago would have pictured the same view. Magic! Anyway.. ..gotta get my hands on those balls! Look yummy!! Ax

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