Thursday, 28 February 2019

Nutty Bites of Joy Recipe: Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Delicious and Nutritious

by Pilar Bueno

Thursdays are the days I put aside to be creative with my group of artistic friends. There is nothing like sharing your passions with like-minded people, whilst having a good catch up and putting the world to rights. 

Today is my turn to host the "Crafty Witches Coven", as we fondly call ourselves, and I thought I would treat them to some healthy snacks.

The "Nutty Bites of Joy" (or "Balls of Joy", as we call them at home!) are so delicious and rich in flavour that you don't need many of them to satisfy your sweet cravings.

There is no cooking required so none of the nutritional value of the ingredients is lost in the process of making them. They contain no refined sugars, saturated fats or animal-derived products and they really do taste that amazing! On top of it, they contain 3 powerful Sirt Foods: Cocoa, Medjool dates and Walnuts. Read more about what Sirtuin Activators proteins can do to improve your health in our book Sirt Foods: The Secret Behind Diet, Healthy Weight Loss, Disease Prevention, Reversal & Longevity 

The main ingredient is Dates, which is a fantastic source of minerals, vitamins, fibre, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. This particular type of date (Medjool) is very sweet with a deep flavour that combines beautifully with the cocoa giving it an almost real taste of chocolate. A powerhouse of nutrition, it is fantastic for giving you a boost of energy when you most need it.

  • 2 cups Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup of Chopped Mixed Nuts
  • 1/2 cup of Ground Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
I would always recommend that you use organic ingredients or at least the best quality you can afford. I buy a lot of my nuts, seeds and superfoods from the online store Buy Whole Foods Online, as they have a great range of organic products at competitive prices.

A note on Vanilla: I always use 'Extract' and not 'Essence' or 'Flavour'. This is because Vanilla 'Extract' is a natural product made by soaking vanilla pods in a mixture of ethyl alcohol and water, whilst Vanilla 'Essence' is a synthetic version, in other words, chemically produced. This is the reason why Essence is always cheaper. 
The shocking revelation though is the Vanilla 'Flavour'. You might want to sit down before I tell you that artificial flavourings like vanilla are made from the anal secretions of a beaver. Yeap, you read it right: Beaver Butts! Castoreum is the name of this chemical compound that mostly comes from a beaver’s castor sacs and has rather interestingly a musky, vanilla scent... Yum. 

And with that lovely thought in our heads, let's get "cooking".


Process dates in a food processor until they form a ball.

Add the rest of the ingredients and process until evenly blended. If you have a powerful food processor you can use whole nuts. I particularly like my blend to have chunks of nuts as it adds a more interesting texture, but if you dislike this, you can always use ground almonds instead.

Roll the mixture into bite-size balls and to finish them off by rolling them individually in shredded coconut.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks but I doubt they will last more than a couple of days!

They make ideal snacks when you need a boost of energy or to accompany any hot drink. I shall serve mine with an infusion of wild chamomile that I collected from the mountains of Southern Spain last year.

Nutty Bites of Joy with Wild Chamomile Infusion

Wild Spanish Chamomile

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

HEMP & CBD EXPO - Get 50% off - First ever event in the UK: Birmingham NEC March 2nd & 3rd 2019

by Pilar Bueno

Get 50% Off Your Entry Ticket Below

We are living in historic times as medicinal marijuana is becoming more mainstream acceptance in the UK and worldwide. 

Hemp and Cannabis-based products are flooding the market and available to buy online and health food stores as “Food Supplements”. Who would have thought, a few years ago, that some cannabis-based products would be available on prescription as medicinal cannabis here in the UK!
A small selection of Chakanna's products

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species, specially grown to make a variety of industrial and commercial products such as food, clothes, paper, rope, and even eco-building materials. It is one of the oldest crops and it is incredibly sustainable as not only it grows very quickly, it requires little maintenance, does not need pesticides, it naturally regenerates its own soil and, quite incredibly, every single part of the plant can and is used. We are great fans of Hemp at home and we even make our own hemp milk (see our "Dairy Alternative: Hemp Milk" blog entry).

RECIPE - Make Hemp Milk in Under 5 Minutes

The recreational and medicinal marijuana (cannabis) whilst also deriving from the Cannabis Sativa plant, is a different strain and it has its unique composition and use. 
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant that for thousands of years has been used for its medicinal properties. A safe, non-addictive and non-psychotropic substance (does not make a person feel "stoned" or "intoxicated"), it continues to be tested and confirmed for its therapeutic properties by scientists and medical professionals around the world.

If you would like to find out more about Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD), what it can do for you and how it can transform your life, Birmingham is hosting the first dedicated Hemp and CBD event in the UK this weekend (March 2nd – 3rd 2019) at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). 

You will be able to attend a variety of seminars (30 to choose from) talking about a range of topics and have your questions answered by the expert speakers. You will be able to buy, taste and sample products from more than 110 exhibitors to include CBD oils, superfoods, cosmetics, building materials, clothing, paraphernalia, and medicinal ointments and balms. 

Ticket price is normally £30. But you can get 50% off your entry ticket by entering this promotional code CBDMIRR50 when you buy your ticket online. You will also receive a FREE bottle of CBD oil, a Free copy of their Hemp & CBD Magainze and an Expo Goody Bag.
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