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Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

Remember this? :]

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

It’s here! :D This is what I sent out to my match, Sara! I kinda looked through her recipes (they all look so good!) to get a feel for what she might like and decided to make something with dates, since she said they’re one of her favorite sweeteners. :] Recipe adapted from here! I added almonds and hemp seeds to give it a more crunchy texture. I actually do not own a food processor, so it was slightly difficult getting it to the consistency I would’ve liked them to be, but all in all, I think they turned out okay!(?)

Her specifications were, “As un-processed as possible.  Preferable no white flour, white sugar, or vegetable oil,” which was perfect, since I tend to prefer desserts that are also on the healthier side of the spectrum. (That was basically what I requested too, but I never received anything. ;_; sad times. I’ve been eating like the plague lately though, so maybe it’s for the best.) I actually only ended up having one person to send something to since there were less of us with similar restrictions.

Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

54 calories, 8g CHO’s, 2.5g fat, 1g protein, 1g fiber, 4.5mg sodium for each cookie dough bite!

-15 pitted dates
-3 tbsp coconut butter
-4 tsp hemp seeds
-1/4 cup almonds, crushed

1) Blend everything together in a food processor.
2) Shape into little balls!


casting/splinting lab

We had our casting/splinting lab in clinical skills last week. It was the lab I was most excited for and it didn’t disappoint! :]

The left is my friend’s handiwork and the right is mine. (The ACE bandages are old, so they don’t stretch all that well anymore. We were conserving resources.

I also got to cut part of a cast off of someone! :D

While we’re still on the subject of school, the time I spent tutoring first years in anatomy was rather well-spent! :] (I went into every lab session they had and spent a total of 10 hours that week with them. My priorities were probably severely misplaced because I had my final the same day as their practical, but it turned out okay!) The class as a whole actually got kinda slaughtered and only 16% passed the practical, but this was mostly because the questions on the side had nothing to do with what they’d been taught. They ended up having to curve the practical (which they rarely ever do), but two of the students I tutored came back to tell me that they had been within that 16%, and that with the curve, they got a 96% and a 98.3%!

I’m so happy for them! :D :D :D

On an entirely unrelated note, I signed up to be in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Long story short, it’s a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. If you sign up, donate $4 and qualify (just have an active food blog for >2 months), you send 3 different bloggers a dozen homemade cookies and you’ll receive 3 different boxes of cookies from other bloggers. :]! Tasty treats while supporting a great cause? Win-win!