Fake Pops

Cake pops are a little taste of heaven. If I could, I’d eat them all time, but for the sake of my waistline and health, best to find a comparable alternative. I’ve done that, and now I am sharing it with you. I call them, ‘Fake Pops’, looks can be deceiving, but there is not an ounce of cake in these little bites of delightfulness, and barely an ounce of sugar. The best part about them is they are actually healthy, and kids love them. You have probably heard the term, ‘power balls’, or, ‘vegan truffles’, this is my spin on those recipes, but taking them a step further by turning them into a legitimate dessert.

Here is the Recipe – it makes 24.
3 Cups Dates
3/4 Cup of Walnuts
1/4 Cup Hemp Hearts
1 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
24 Lollipop Sticks

Here are the Directions:
1. In your food processor, blend the walnuts & hemp hearts until they are as fine as you can get them. Set them aside.

2. Blend the dates until they become a, ‘dough’. If your dates are a little dry, soak them in some hot water for 5 minutes.

3. Add the walnut & hemp hearts into the date dough and blend everything together. Then add the cocoa, blend, then the coconut oil and blend until all ingredients are mixed together well. The, ‘dough’ should feel like a nice moist cookie dough. If it feels dry, add a tiny bit more coconut oil.

4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Use a little melted chocolate, dip the lollipop stick in the chocolate, then into the ball and set aside.

6. Decorate as your heart desires! I used mini M&Ms – a little sugar is good for the soul. The balls are sticky so you can just press them M&Ms in, or use a bit of melted chocolate to stick them on.

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Not only are these Fake Pops delicious, but they are loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6, vitamin E, fibre and so many more valuable vitamins and minerals. The M&Ms are colourful, and they taste good – see, they have a benefit.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

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About Me

My name is Lauren Segal. First and foremost, thanks for being a part of my community and reading my blog! I hope you are enjoying the posts and finding them helpful, inspiring and humorous of course.

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PASSIONS:

Family: Nothing else matters without family. I have been married to my hunky husband, Adam for almost 6 years. It is like being married to my best friend, I envy my own relationship with him. We have two kids, Maiya (almost 5) and Kaylee (almost 3) who are, as cliché as it is,  the light of our lives and our inspiration each and every day. I also have the most wonderful parents and brother, and the most awesome extended family I could ever ask for.

Helping People: Whether it be through advice, moral support or being a workout buddy.

Food: I LOVE to cook, and I hear, from trustworthy sources, I am really good at it. I’ve adapted a lot of the recipes I love to suite families. I never use cookbooks, so all the recipes you see on this blog are Lauren Segal originals.

Fitness: I am a passionate runner. I’ve been running for over 10 years, and have recently started racing. Running is my, ‘me’ time and it helps to burn off all the chocolate I eat.

I am a working mom. I do daycare/school drop-offs and pick-ups, I cook, I clean, I run, do a lot of laundry and some how manage to be a very relaxed person and have somewhat of a social life. I often get the question, ‘how do you do all of that?’. This blog was started because of that question, and of course, my passions.

The Bosses of Me

When they tell you your life will change when you become a parent, they weren’t kidding. In fact, it really isn’t your life anymore, it is now owned and operated by your new boss, your child. That’s right, you have just given birth to your boss.

I have two bosses who are now 5 and 3 years old. They are erratic, often they do not agree on strategy – or who can use the pink bowl, they can be aggressive and they yell…a lot. They are very demanding and have high (and sometimes unrealistic) expectations, they don’t pay well, but the benefits are extraordinary.

My bosses have changed every aspect of my life – they have changed my alarm settings to an ungodly hour, have allowed for an increase in the laundry quota by 10-fold, have made it acceptable to watch only Peppa Pig while I do my work out and have integrated cheese into every menu item I serve. I thought about forming a union, fighting for my rights, but after thinking about it long and hard, change is good, right? Actually, it is amazing, and I love cheese so I really can’t complain.

On the other hand, my bosses LOVE me, which is a total ego boost. They have confidence I can get the job done with minimal support, although they are known to follow me around, even to the bathroom. They are really easy on the eyes, which forgives most of their shortcomings and they have been known to give the odd bonus, which generally comes in the form of a few scribbles on a piece of construction paper, but they are worth waiting for. Occasionally, they accept some of my advice…very occasionally, because they believe they are always right.

I could not think of a better job, being a parent. It has been the most fulfilling and important career I could ever imagine. Sometimes I need a little reminder of that…especially while I am tackling mountain laundry.

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