Adding more miles back into my schedule as well as spending more time outdoors running around with my boys has left me hungrier again. Life doesn’t usually allow me a sit-down meal often, most times you will catch me grabbing something to go while I am either ushered to play with the boys or setting out to take someone to some sort of activity.
I had a great night spend with some friends celebrating one of them about to have a baby, literally. I wanted to bring something that would help giver her energy for the event that is to come, while also tasting yummy. I asked Bodhi what flavor these bites should be and he immediately said lemon; so lemon it was!
Being fancy that I am, I decided to add lavender in, because I like lemon and lavender together, but I also wanted to give something to my friend that had an element of “calm” to it. The moments leading up to birth can be chaotic, especially when your “due” date is near and everyone wants to meet your baby.
My lavender lemon bites started off with non-other than lemon, of course. I love lemon, so I went heavy handed,…if you don’t like as much lemon, just adjust.
The glue that holds all of my “bites” together is dates. I don’t know a better substitution, so if you don’t like dates I would try anyways, as they don’t taste anything like dates.
Anytime I’m using citrus, I like to add coconut. I like the tropical profile I get when I add either lemon or lime with coconut.
Thankfully, our grocery store has a great organic bulk section and I found dried lavender buds. I am going to have to make some satchels to put in our drawers. I love the smell of lavender. I do have to warn to not over do the lavender. I only used a teaspoon of the dried buds. I could have added more, there wasn’t much of a lavender taste, but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t make the bites taste like soap.
I put the rest of my ingredients in, (cashews, gluten free oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and a touch of agave) and blended until it came together like this:
You should be able to form a ball that holds well.
Next form tablespoon sized balls and place on parchment covered sheet. After you’ve rolled out your bites, (there should be enough to make 28 bites, give or take), freeze them until you are ready to eat or move on to the fancy part like I did for tonights special occasion.
Normally, NORMALLY I don’t do dairy. However, If I am good about my probiotic intake as well as limiting my consumption…I can walk away from a bite or two with a stuffy nose and no hard feelings. I decided that white chocolate would make these bites so much better, (if you are going for a desert affect rather than just for energy).
I bought the good stuff, meaning the 4.50 a bar white chocolate that doesn’t have anything but vanilla, cocoa butter, milk powder, and sugar, the cheap stuff tastes awful in my opinion.
I chopped up the chocolate and heated it over a double broiler. I melted the chocolate and then dipped the frozen bites into the white chocolate until completely coated and moved back onto the parchment covered sheet to set up.
Before the chocolate set, I decided to be extra fancy and sprinkle poppyseed and lavender buds on top. Lemon & poppyseed + lemon & lavender…sounded good to me 😉
I had Bodhi test these out and he said that they were awesome and thank goodness I listened to him about using lemon; thank you little man!
The true test was sharing them with the girls; they were a hit! I always feel bad when I force my “food” onto others. I never want someone to think that my way of eating should be forced onto them; however, I always love when my friends enjoy my food and even ask for the recipe…that is a recipe worth sharing 😉
- 8 oz. pitted dates
- 2 lemons zested and juiced (I used organic, because I was using the zest)
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 2 T. agave syrup (or maple)
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 tsp. dried lavender buds, (or to taste)
- 8 oz. white chocolate
- poppy seeds and lavender buds for topping
- Zest & Juice 2 lemons add to blender
- Add rest of ingredients, (minus white chocolate) in blender
- Blend until well combined and sticky dough forms
- Form into tablespoon sized balls
- place balls on parchment covered cookie sheet
- Freeze bites until ready to eat or cover with white chocolate for desert
- Make a double boiler by placing metal or glass bowl over pan with simmering water in it, (making sure bowl doesn't touch water)
- Cut up white chocolate into small pieces for quick and even melting
- Melt chocolate, make sure there is no water introduced or any other liquid, white chocolate seizes up fairly easily and quickly
- Dip frozen bites into chocolate until coated
- Transfer coated bites back onto sheet and top with poppy seed and or lavender buds
- Place back in freezer to set up again