Today is a very special post. You see, the lovely and wonderful Ella of Pure Ella is having a baby (and very soon!). Since we can’t all be physically together but we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion, myself and other bloggers have decided to come together and throw her a virtual baby shower!
If you don’t know Ella, well shame on you, head over to her blog right this second! The recipes are delicious, simple, accessible and gorgeously photographed. Ella is also one of the kindest most beautiful souls you will ever come across. Is it any wonder we had to celebrate her?
I was so honoured to ask to be included because there are some wonderful bloggers that I admire coming together for this. And with all this talent, you know there are going to be some fabulous dishes served! So please make sure you head over to the other blogs participating and check out the dishes:
Ashley of My Heart Beets (Artichoke Hummus)
Beth of Tasty Yummies (Sprouted Hummus Cucumber Cups)
Cara of Fork and Beans (Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes)
Emma of Coconut & Berries (Strawberry Orange Rosewater Smoothie)
Gabby of The Veggie Nook (Lemon Poppyseed Truffles)
Gina of So…Let’s Hang Out (Cucumber Mint Limeade)
Jenny of Nourished Kitchen (Cultured Coconut Milk & Mango Popsicles)
Kris of 80 Twenty (Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus)
Meg of Beard and Bonnet (Shower Worthy Tea Sandwiches)
Richa of Vegan Richa (Dark Chocolate Silk Pie)
Rika of Vegan Miam (Sweet Potato Dumplings in Ginger & Jasmine Syrup -Tang Yuan)
Sherrie of With Food + Love (Blackberry + Mango Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream)
Sylvie of Gourmande In The Kitchen (Hibiscus, Strawberry, & Rhubarb Iced Tea)
Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen (Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes)
Because I have a sweet tooth, I of course decided to bring a dessert. And because Ella is adorable and loves all things yellow and polka-dotted, I knew my dessert had to incorporate that. So lemon poppyseed it was! And what would be easier to eat at a potluck/shower than a truffle?
I was so happy with how these turned out! They are a little sweet, a little tart and have wonderful crunch from the poppyseeds. The cashews give these a richness, but the oats help keep them light. They are just perfect for spring. The lemon flavour is so bright- what a nice break from all the heavy flavours of winter.
Cashews and oats form the bulk of the truffle, but you could use all cashews for a paleo truffle. These are wonderful just as is, but because everything is better dipped in chocolate, please add on this step. I was hesitant to combine lemon and chocolate but the flavours really come together here.
Now that you know how delicious these are, I also feel it’s my duty to tell you they are actually good for you! Cashews have healthy fats while the oats deliver tons of fibre. I used maple syrup and brown rice syrup to sweeten them which are great options that maintain some nutrients as well as being slower to break down in the body. Yay for desserts with benefits!
Congratulations Ella! Wishing you all the best for you and your new bundle of joy! xox