Food on Friday: Orange Coconut Date Truffles

healthy-coconut-date-trufflesThis is my very first gluten-free Christmas. Yes, last year, I made a few gluten-free treats for Phoebe. But MY Christmas had all of the traditional Christmas cookies, turkey stuffing, Christmas pudding and (my favourite) mince pies.

At first I was a bit daunted at the thought of my favourite traditional holiday without all of the traditional food. But I have started to discover a whole world of new food that is absolutely delicious. Here’s to starting new traditions…one recipe at a time.

Orange Coconut Date Truffles

Healthy, great for gift-giving and very simple to make. Enjoy!

20 dates – chopped and soaked in boiling water for 2 minutes

1 cup dried coconut

3/4 cup ground almonds

1Tablespoon melted coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

zest of 1 orange

3 Tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine everything but the dates in a bowl. Mix together well. Briefly process the dates in a blender or food processor until sticky. Add dates to the bowl and mix well. Everything will stick together. Form into small balls. Store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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orange-coconut-date-ballsAnd speaking of traditions….Rudy, our elf is back doing his job…reporting nightly into Santa and cheekily getting himself into all sorts of crazy places during the day. Here are just a few of his recent resting places:

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Family Portraits in Windsor

Windsor-Sunningdale-Child-PhotographerAs I look out the window now, the skies are grey, the trees are bare and the fields have that special winter-green colour. And…wow! I realise it has been nearly a month since my last post. As is usual, the run up to Christmas is especially busy in the studio. But with some wonderful sessions…I enjoyed it all.

Here is one I loved. A gorgeous frosty morning. Lots of autumn colour. A beautiful family with a little girl with curls, shining eyes and buckets of personality. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with them!

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