Canadian winters, as beautiful as they are, really do a number on my skin. I find it gets super dry, flakey, red and irritated. And no matter how much I moisturize - it just doesn't cut it.
When it comes to our skin, how we nourish, hydrate and moisturize on the inside is just as important as what we put on the outside. On top of eating a whole foods diet, hydration is absolutely crucial (so be sure you're getting your water in) but we also need to focus on increasing our intake of healthy fats.
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These days, it's no secret that healthy fats have a wide array of health benefits such as aiding in weight loss, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, improving the shine of our hair and health of our nails.
Coconut oil in particular contains medium chain fatty acids which are easily digested and not readily stored as fat. Coconut oil has been touted for improving brain and memory function as well as for it's anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil can be used in a variety of ways, you can read more here.
Coconut butter (which is ground up coconut meat) has most of the same benefits as coconut oil such as aiding in weight loss, boosting our metabolism, increasing energy levels, strengthening our immune system and because it contains fibre it's a great blood sugar stabilizer. It also tastes incredible! I love adding it to my morning elixirs, baked goods or even spreading a little bit on a piece of gluten-free toast.
My mission with these snowballs were to create a healthy snack that would not only give me a boost in energy, but would also nourish my skin from the inside out. They are loaded with healthy coconutty fats like coconut oil, coconut butter and coconut milk but are also wickedly tasty - they could double as a dessert. It's hard to believe that this entire recipe which yields 24 snowballs only has 2 Tbsp of raw honey - but it's true!
They taste rich and fresh all at the same time. The coconut ingredients literally melt in your mouth and the lime zest cuts trough all of that richness and brightens up the recipe. They look super festive and seasonal but taste like a tropical paradise.
This recipe is also gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free.
Coconut Lime Snowballs
yields 24 balls
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 lime, freshly squeezed
2 Tbsp raw honey
1 tsp lime zest
2 tsp chia seeds
pinch sea salt
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp lime zest
- Combine your coating ingredients in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Gently melt the coconut oil and coconut butter over low heat on the stovetop. Add them to the food processor along with all of the above snowball ingredients and pulse until fully combined.
- Place the mixture into the refrigerator to harden for about 20 min or so. This will help you to roll the snowballs in the next step.
- Taking about 1.5 tbsp of the mixture at a time, roll into small bite sized balls. Try to move quickly as the warmth from your hands will start to melt the fats in the snowball.
- Coat each snowball in your coconut and lime dry mixture. Place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer to harden again.
- I store mine in an airtight container in the freezer and pull them out a few minutes before I'm ready to enjoy them.