12 Days of Eatin’, Drinkin’ & Be Merryin’: Day Four – You’re so sweet!

on the fourth day of EDM*, my true love gave to me, irish cream for my coffee and chocolate treats.

‘Twas 12 Days before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
Everyone were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums, Ganong’s Chicken bones, candy canes, Bailey’s and chocolates…
danced in our heads.

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Trying to stay away from refined sugar* on my visit home may be rather challenging…

Reason #1: As soon as your cross the threshold to the Maritimes (Atlantic Canada), Bailey’s+Coffee are mandatory upon awaking Christmas morning and is required alongside every game of crib! It’s the law. I read it somewhere.

Reason #2: I’m an elf ===========>

May give these recipes a go!

Homemade Irish Cream 

Serves: 2 cups (500 milliliters)e035937bf22033b44cdc6bfbd039f663
Prep Time: 5 minutes
INGREDIENTS: 
  • ⅓ cup whiskey (75 milliliters)
  • ¼ cup coffee (50 milliliters)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 13.5 Fl Oz coconut milk (400 milliliters)
  • 4 tablespoons agave syrup
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender for about 1 or 2 minutes until smooth.
  2. Store in the refrigerator and shake well before using.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Serving size: 3.4 fl oz or 100 milliliters Calories: 236 Fat: 16.3 g Saturated fat: 14.5 gCarbohydrates: 14.9 g Sugar: 11.9 g Sodium: 10.4 mg Fiber: 0.8 g Protein: 1.6 g
Thanks to Minimal Eats!

bliss balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates (soft or soaked in warm water beforehand for 20 minutes)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • Options for rolling: shredded coconut, cocoa powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend for 5 minutes, or until a thick dough is formed. You’ll need to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times to get all the ingredients blended.
  • Scoop the dough (1-2 Tbsp each) and roll into a ball with your hands.
  • Coat with coconut or cocoa powder if you wish.

Makes 12 bites or balls

Nutrition per ball: 187 calories, 16g fat, 9g carbohydrates (3g fibre), 6g protein

Much love and thanks to Registered Dietician, Nicole Leblanc of Nutrition Renewal 🙂

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups 

Prep time: 35 mins
Serves: 8-10
INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet), melted
 INSTRUCTIONS: 
  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (no you don’t need to grease the tins)
  3. Place in freezer for 30+ minutes until set.
  4. Use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.

Shout out to DGD Health Coach for this easy recipe find on PaleOMG!

Cheers to lil mindful treats and sweets this holiday season!

*if you’re wondering why I’ve cut refined sugar from my diet, stayed tuned to practice darling for more in the new year!

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