HEALTHY ZINGY SWEET TREATS

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If you have a sweet tooth like me, these little healthy treats will satisfy your cravings. They are pretty easy to make, especially if you have a good blender. If not, they will come out pretty roughly made, but just as tasty.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup of  lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped dates (pits removed)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • ½ banana
  • Approx. ¼ cup of oats (for use if the mixture is too wet)
  • ½ cup of unsweetened dried coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put all ingredients except coconut flakes into a blender or cut everything up with a knife until the dates and walnuts are easy to mix together.
  2. If the mixture is too wet, add oats until you get the desired texture.
  3. With dampened hands, roll the mixture into small balls, and then roll the balls in dried coconut flakes to coat.
  4. Chill in freezer or refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.

Enjoy!

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