As evidenced by the blog title, this weekend has been long. Not only has it been long, but it has also been amazing. I had so much fun. Allow me to recap.
On Thursday morning I created a new recipe that I am so excited about! It came to be after I read Katie’s blog and saw her make these. Oh my gosh, those sound really good, I thought to myself. I have all those ingredients… but I don’t buy sweet potatoes often, and I’m not sure I’d want to eat one without peanut butter and coconut cream. You see, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and coconut cream (SPPBCC) is my favorite combo, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have it. Maybe that’s weird; I don’t know, and I don’t really care. 🙂
Anyway, my dilemma caused me to think and get creative. That doesn’t always turn out well, but in this case it did. What about a sweet sweet potato flax-encrusted ball? I could incorporate my favorite combo… maybe I could add some chocolate chips too. I could dust the outside with cocoa; oh wait, there’s all ready flax on the outside. Hmm.. Those are all thoughts than ran through my head during the creation process, but in the end, after much deliberation, I came up with the following:
Cocoa-Flax Sweet Sweet Potato Balls
Makes 10 balls, or 2 servings
(adapted from this recipe)
- 1 med baked sweet potato
- 1.5 TBSP natural peanut butter
- 1.5 TBSP coconut cream/butter (or coconut oil if it’s all you have)
- cinnamon, to taste
- 10-20 dark chocolate chips (depending on whether you want one or two chocolate chips in each ball. One was good for me personally.)
- Generous amount of ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-3 tsp granular sweetener (stevia, sucanat, lucama, etc.), depending on how sweet you like your chocolate. I used 2 tsp sucanat.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then begin by peeling the skin off of your baked potato, if you haven’t all ready done so. Typically I’m not one for tossing out the skins, but this recipe is better without them. Sorry skins, I still love you.
(By the way, to bake my potato I just washed it, poked it and wrapped it in foil. I then baked it for about 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven.)
Mash the sweet potato in a bowl…
Then mash in the peanut butter, coconut cream/butter/oil and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a separate shallow bowl or plate, combine ground flax, cocoa powder and sweetener. Feel free to taste the mixture and see if it’s to your liking. Add more cocoa powder, sweetener or flax as you see fit.
Next, go back to the sweet potato mixture and make 10 balls out of it. Press 1-2 dark chocolate chips into each ball, then roll each ball in the cocoa-flax mixture. Make sure they’re well coated, then place them on a foil-lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Yumm! Unfortunately these were kind of hard to photograph, but I promise they were really good. I made extra to share with my friends (hence two servings instead of one) and they all seemed to enjoy them as well. They thought I was weird because I was so excited, but can you blame me? It isn’t very often that my attempted recipe creativity turns into something good, lol. Anyway, if you make the recipe please let me know what you think! I’m anxious to hear. 🙂
By the way, for my chocolate chips I cut up a single Dagoba 87% cocoa chocolate bar.
I was able to get 8 little “chips” out of it, so two of my sweet potato balls were chip-less. Oh well, they were still good. 🙂
It’s so funny how eating clean changes your taste-buds. A few months ago I would’ve NEVER been able to down an 87% cocoa piece of chocolate, let alone thoroughly enjoy it. It tastes so good to me and I honestly can’t imagine liking anything sweeter. My guess is that I would definitely not enjoy milk chocolate, which is anywhere from 10%-25% cocoa.
Moving on. Thursday afternoon I left to a homeschool Teen Conference and it was so much fun! I’m not going to post a lot of pictures, since they’re mostly of me and my friends, but here are a few.
A big group photo. There were a lot more kids, but most of them had all ready left by the time we took this picture.
YMCA under the YMCA sign! haha.
Oh, and we made our traditional stop at Culver’s on the way home. I wasn’t planning on getting anything, but in keeping up with my pledge, I did. I got a single scoop of vanilla peanut butter cup custard. I felt sick afterwards, but it was good.
So yeah, Teen Conference was an absolute blast! I miss it a lot and cannot wait for next year.
By the way, I made a few other random things this past week that I didn’t get to post about. Here they are:
1. An incredible homemade veggie burger.
- black beans
- some other veggies
I wish I could remember the rest of the ingredients, because it was so, so good. It didn’t hold together very well, so I probably should’ve added some oatmeal or flour, but oh my gosh. Wow. Love.
2. Chocolate Banana Softserve.
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
Sorry for the terrible picture. That thing was melting faster and faster by the second, so I really needed to eat it. It was delicious, by the way. ❤
4. Traditional Flax-Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls and a yummy salad.
These were reallyyyy good. I still like mine though. 🙂
Mmm. Brownie-like texture AND taste.
All right, well that’s it! Stay tuned for my next post, which will include a couple new recipes featuring my POM Wonderful juice. Yay!
Thanks for reading!