Chocolate Coconut Date Balls


With New Year’s resolution time in full force during the month of January, many of us have committed to a new year of healthy eating, or at least a period of detox as we strive to work off all of the extra indulgences we enjoyed during the holiday season. Or maybe it’s to stop buying clothes at Lululemon or new boots…..but I digress. I definitely fit into the latter category in terms of needing a “detox” of some sort; while I regularly try to make healthy choices, I also balance that with a treat or two. However, I think I enjoyed at least a few more treats than usual during this particular holiday season, and have actually not been in the mood for an indulgent dessert lately, which is highly unusual for me!


Accordingly, these chocolate coconut date balls-or “bites” as I sometimes like to call them instead since I am secretly a 5th grade boy- are perfect. They taste rich and have almost a fudge like consistency, yet they are very healthy, consisting only of dates, cocoa powder, almonds, shredded coconut, and coconut oil. They also come together in minutes and make an effortless dessert for any occasion or are a good healthy snack to have on hand to curb chocolate cravings in a healthier way.  I recently made them for a dinner party and everybody loved them, and could not believe that they only have a few ingredients. Dates are awesome. These keep in the fridge for up to a month so feel free to double or even triple the batch. I do this often.

Chocolate Coconut Date Balls

  • 25 dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and “pulse” until well blended, about 2-3 minutes. The mixture should still look chunky and should just barely come together. If mixture is still too crumbly add more dates and/or coconut oil.

Roll into balls and place into fridge until ready to serve.


New Year’s resolutions seem much more manageable with treats like this.


Kitchen Mishaps and Broiled Cinnamon Pears

Lately I’ve had a “writer’s block” of sorts. I suppose it could be called that, anyway. Last week, I had a difficult time coming up with recipes that were worth sharing on this little blog of mine. And the ones I did choose to make, the ones I thought were promising and was excited about….did not come out as planned.


Recipe mishaps happen, I know. But I am a perfectionist when it comes to baking (and cooking) and I can’t stand it when what I am making does not come out exactly as planned. Not only do I want it to taste perfect, but it also needs to look perfect. Usually when this happens, I decide to make something else out of frustration, and because by that point I’m already frustrated, impatient, and tired, the same problems continue. And then I convey my disappointment to my poor husband, who constantly reassures me that “at least it tastes okay”, or “it doesn’t look that bad”, or “well, now you know not to use that ingredient next time.” I’m happy he still deals with me. Though he does get food out of this deal so I guess it can’t be that bad.

Last week, I made a butternut squash lasagna that did taste pretty delicious, but I made it with limited time and realized that I didn’t have all of the ingredients after starting. Still tasted good, but not my best work. Then, I made some pumpkin pies on Friday for our “Friendsgiving” with my favorite pumpkin pie recipe that calls for a swirl of brandy added into the mixture at the end, right before pouring into the pie pans. Something went wrong when the brandy was added which caused the mixture to separate and create splotches on the surface as well as a strange thin layer between the surface of the pie and the filling. It actually tasted very good-but again, not my best work. It took a lot of convincing for me to even still bring it to the party. Baking is truly a science.

This brings us to Saturday, where I made a chocolate layer cake for my husband’s birthday party. When I took the layers out of the pan, the top layer crumbled a bit, resulting in a lopsided crumbly side of the cake that no amount of frosting could cover up. Why did this happen? Probably because I am impatient and cannot wait for a cake to properly cool down before assembling it.

These recent events have reminded me that I am a bit of a perfectionist, stubborn, easily frustrated, and impatient. And also that, though these mishaps are on a smaller scale, I do need to slow down a bit and pay closer attention to details in life in general. Sometimes I am too anxious for the next step, for everything to go so perfectly, that I sabotage myself by moving too fast. And also, that at the end of the day, usually it’s the less pretty food that tastes the best!

So this post is dedicated to simplicity. For writing just to write, without worrying about having the perfect dish with the (far from) perfect photos all ready to go. Today, I wanted to share a very easy, barely even a recipe that has become my new favorite snack lately.


Pears are in season and they are quickly becoming one of my new favorite fall fruits. To be honest, I never used to be a big fan of pears. They were okay, but never really appealed to me. Until lately, when I bought a bag of pears from Trader Joe’s for $1.99 and subsequently fell in love with them.


My new favorite way to enjoy pears is by broiling them until they are softened and lightly browned, then putting them over a bowl of Greek yogurt, with almond butter and the cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar I splurged on. Or you could eat with ice cream, pancakes, toast, whatever you fancy. Or just enjoy them plain for a cozy winter treat.


Broiled Cinnamon Pears

  • 1-2 pears, cut lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (and any other spices or seasonings as desired-pumpkin pie spice, granulated sugar, etc.!)

Heat broiler to high setting. Place pears on baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in broiler for 5-10 minutes, keeping close eye on them as cook. Remove from oven when cooked and browned to desired level and serve immediately!