These Salted Caramel Coconut Balls are the ultimate guilt-free snack! They’re just 7 ingredients, no bake and filled with coconut flakes and a healthy homemade caramel sauce.
I apologize in advance for the amount of “caramel” recipes I’ve created lately—I just can’t stop! Also, caramel kiiiiiind of makes everything better. Kind of sort of definitely.
As I was typing this post and importing the photos, I noted that these are, without a doubt, the darkest, moodiest photos I’ve ever taken, which got me thinking about change and taking risks and all that jazz. In summary: it’s scary, but almost always worth it.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have yet to find my photography “style”, and I continuously go back and forth on whether or not that’s a good or bad thing. I think it’s bad because my photos aren’t as recognizable, meaning you’re probably unable to pick out my photos right away on Pinterest. On the flip side, I’ve somewhat refused (not overly intentionally) to confine myself to one particular style. I don’t want to only take bright photos, but I also don’t want to only shoot on dark backdrops. I like both, so for now, I think I’ll continue to do both. Why? Because it keeps work exciting and, most of all, because it challenges me to constantly change it up, try new things and therefore grow. And though these dark photos aren’t perfect, I’ll never even come close to perfect if I don’t at least try.
Let’s compare that to life, shall we?
I think it’s really easy to get comfortable in whatever it is you’re doing. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be comfortable or content—I’m actually really content with life at the moment—but I do think professional changes need to be made throughout your 20s and 30s in order to grow and reach your goals. Everyone has professional goals and milestones they hope to reach, and without doing something scary every now and then, those milestones are generally much harder to accomplish.
I’m not entirely sure where this is going other than it’s important to take risks and try new things in order to define the direction you want your career to go in.
Also, please remind myself to take my own advice if I’m still talking about how content I am in another year, k? Thanks.
And since I refuse to only write about something serious, we gotta talk about these BALLS. Basically, they’re coconut balls with my caramel sauce thrown into the mix, and they are family-approved! I brought these over to my mom’s house on Labor Day weekend and my extended family loved them (always a good sign). If you’re looking for a simple snack your peers will love, these coconut balls are it. Oh and PS they’re vegan soooo WIN!
- 1½ cups pitted dates
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut, plus extra for topping
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce
- Optional: hemp seeds for topping
- Place dates and cashews into food processor and pulse for 10-20 seconds.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is combined.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into bite-size balls, rolling each one in a bit of coconut before setting aside.
- Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!