A new look and some mindful eating

My virtual kitchen dons a new look , Naresh , I , my kiddo brother and K have been having a difference of opinions about the previous template, I’m someone who likes sober , pleasant , earthy tones and pastels. Bright , flashy colors are not me . the previous blue template was more of a trouble to my eyes rather than being pleasant and the feedback wasnt great either from my friends .

So finally , dear naresh came to my rescue and found this beautiful template . I like the neat layout of this template and hence revamped the blog. However, they refuse to let me do anything more than writing and taking pictures of the food , they still get nightmares of the mess I created a couple of weeks ago, though I have learnt a few things. All three worked simultaneously and added a couple of new things to this kitchen –

  • Changed the template and added the logo
  • Print this post – Allows a reader to print a recipe of their choice
  • Email this post – Allows a reader to email the post to themselves or a friend
  • A couple of days ago it got the Bookmark this button

Sometimes it bothers me that they are doing the stuff I need to do while K likes to remind it to me once in a while but the others refuse to see that and just don’t want me to screw up , but ,3 men dancing to my tunes and making my whims true does feel great!

So while these men were clicking away on the computer, I decided to make these wonderful Date and almond butter rolls for dear Mansi’s event. How could I miss that ?

These rolls/laddus are easy to make , have healthy ingredients and have no sugar and when you have a party you can serve them just like that or in a chocolate cup like I do. These are also great for an afternoon snack or for satisfying an immediate craving for something sweet and leaves us with a good feeling about mindful eating. We got hooked onto it once we popped them , especially a dessert hater like me ! Try it and you wont stop at one!!!

Dates –

Dates are packed with nutrients like potassium, Iron, Beta- carotene, calcium and Vitamin B3 and are a good source of dietary fibre which can help constipation and aid good bowel health and excellent food for people suffering from anemia

Almond butter –

Almonds and almond butter are nutritional powerhouses that contain significant amounts of protein, calcium, fiber, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, and vitamin E. Almond butter has extremely low saturated fat content and is rich in monounsaturated fats making it a heart-healthy choice. Of course, almonds have no transfat. Studies consistently have shown that the addition of almonds into the diet effectively lowers cholesterol. Unlike low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets, adding almonds does not adversely alter insulin sensitivity in healthy adults or blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes.

Almonds are a good source of plant sterols, such as betasitosterol, which have been shown to alleviate symptoms of BPH (enlarged prostate), a condition afflicting the majority of men over age 50. Two tablespoons of almond butter contain roughly 35 milligrams of beta-sitosterol.

Maple syrup –

Maple syrup, as an excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, which can be sweet for your health, especially your heart and the zinc in it benefits the immune system,

Unsweetened cocoa powder –

Rich in antioxidants and twice as much as flavonols when not mixed with milk to make a hot chocolate , its a better substitute rather than the sweetened variety.

Coconut –

Coconut is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a very good source of Manganese while using too much is not advised as it is high in saturated fats.

sesame seeds –

Very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Copper and Manganese.

sunflower seeds –

Are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin E.


1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup dates chopped

1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon apple juice

2 tablespoons cocoa powder( I use the unsweetened version)

1/4 cup of coconut and sesame seeds slightly toasted


Mix all the ingredients except the toasted coconut and sesame seeds and roll them into small balls .

Coat with the toasted coconut – sesame mixture and serve. These need to be refrigerated. The mixture yields about 20-24 rolls.

Date Rolls in a glass

date rolls

Mansi, here I come armed with these wonderful date rolls to healthy cooking!

Also , dont forget to check out my latest article in The daily tiffin

30 thoughts on “A new look and some mindful eating

  1. Mansi says:

    hey Dee! love the new look! its really clean and soothing, just like the date rolls! thanks for a fab recipe, as always!:)

  2. Naresh says:

    “3 men dancing to my tunes and making my whims true does feel great!”

    Now I am eagerly waiting for your next grand screwup…

    BTW ur photographs look great. Was that K who captured those wonderful receipes in the lens?

  3. Dee says:

    Excuse me , K cant even hold the camera properly… I captured those shots and I am all eager to screw up soon and make you guys dance even more :) and remember ? we moved to AN hosting and now Im atleast confident we can retrieve data , if lost for free ??? Not that i want to go through that ordeal again!

  4. Mona says:

    The new theme looks sober. Its beautiful. You are lucky to have someone to help you with blogging :-) I eben loved your previous theme.
    The laddus look delish!

  5. Madhuram says:

    Lovely pictures Dee. The laddus are definitely very healthy. The chocolate cups are too cute to be eaten.

    I’m also very happy S is doing all the work for me. Finally he is helping me with something, if at all not sharing household chores.

    I liked your very first template, the one prior to the earlier one. Now this one is also good. But I’m still wondering how mild yellow (the one you have in the logo with the steaming pan) will look in the body instead of the grey. So it will be green and mild yellow instead of green and grey.

  6. nags says:

    i changed the look of my blog too :) nice to see another!

    i wish so much space wasnt wasted on the left for the date though.. just a thought :)

    btw, ur pics are really cool!

  7. rachel says:

    I like the cluterless neat look..very soothing..
    The rolls looks lovely as well..

    thanx for the book tip on the :Ladies’ kisses”.

  8. Srivalli says:

    Dee..the new template looks good..but the font colour seems little dull..maybe you can make it little brighter?

    nice rolls…looks excellent in that back drop…

    by the way hope you remember my event..:)

  9. Dee says:

    Valli , I am thinking white for the background.. I cant get it out of my mind , thanks for the feedback, I am going to try changing it. How can I ever forget your even :) ?

  10. Dee says:

    @madhu , let me try changing the color , will let u know how it looks… K couldnt bear my nagging and finally sat down to do something, Its my brother and naresh who worked on this… they spent a good 3 hours trying to work on all that I wanted .. and they refused to let me work on it , cos last time I did it , my site was down for 2 whole days … I made their lives miserable , and Raji had to spend a whole weekend clearing the mess, so you know its better that they dont let me touch it.. I am ashamed to says so.. but thats how it is…

  11. sra says:

    Dee, your makeover looks good. Even I like sober. I’d like to tinker with my template more but I’m a dud at technical stuff, I need instructions to follow instructions. 😀
    Your date rolls, or should we call them date bombs, look great.

  12. Nirmala says:

    So nice to read about “3 men dancing to your tunes” but I know what maked them dance. These delicious rolls and the other goodies you treat them with why shouldn’t they walk upside down?

  13. Uma says:

    The new template is cool, Dee! green is my fav. color! the date rolls looks so mouth-watering. Nice pics too.

  14. Dee says:

    @ Arundati , the dancers do it bcos they have no choice :) but jokes apart , if you need any help with the template , let me know :) and I have installed a lot of plugins for upgrading etc so I dont goof up again doing anything manually, but wait a minute , your hosted by wordpress, so you should be good.

    @Sra, even the instructions go over my head…and I like a white background, so I am fighting for that now , lets see what happens… Its really had to make them work , I have to resort to all kinds of things to get them into it.

    @ Nags I will look into date thing…
    @Bee, thats K , he will love anything bright yellow , purple or velocity blue…

    @mamta, priti, nirmala , JZ, sunita, Uma , sangeeth, vaishali , vegeyum ganga , bhags , karuna , mona, thanks for the lovely compliments!
    @ meeta , thank you and yes I enjoy them bcos they are so easy to make :)
    @ rachel : did you get a hand on the book ?

  15. Cham says:

    The earth tone is very smoothy, i love ur template :) Lucky girl, definetly those yum balls made them slave for u :)

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