June 15, 2012

Summer at the Arctic Circle + A Recipe for Coconut Balls

Summer has finally arrived to the Arctic Circle! We've enjoyed the sunny weather, lush green landscape and outdoor activities: picking dandelions for salads, eating outside, kayaking,  hiking.
We have one more day left here in Finland before we head off to Southern France to visit my brother and then elsewhere in France for our honeymoon.

Before I start packing, I thought I'd share a few random photos from our time in my hometown, and a recipe for the coconut balls that were a huge success at our wedding! These balls are so tasty and everyone was surprised to find out they have no added sugar and no chocolate! They are certainly sweet with all the dried fruit, but tahini gives them a nice touch of savouriness. A word of warning, however, these are pretty addictive!

I love fresh dandelions! Both the flowers and the leaves are so tasty in salads.

Uncle trying to catch some fish...

I wish I could stay until the red currants are ripe!
View from a top. My home town.
A perfect spot for a picnic after a hike.

Coconut Balls
(makes about 20 small ones)
(recipe adapted from Me Naiset magazine)

100g soft dates
100g sun-dried apricots
50g raisins
50g coconut flakes (fine) + extra for rolling
50g finely chopped almonds or walnuts
2 tablespoons unhulled tahini

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until coarsely chopped, but not too mushy. 

2. Roll into balls and roll each ball in coconut flakes. Refrigerate before serving. These will keep in the fridge for a 3 days.


  1. I have not had these with apricots, raisins or tahini before. Interesting! I am certain I would enjoy them :)

    Nice pictures!

  2. A dreamlike place! So green and wild.

    Those coconut balls look amazing!



  3. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love coconut
    Well done!
    If you submitted your coconut balls photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

  4. Ihanat kookospalloset,ihanat suomalaiset maisemat ja kaunis morsian tuolla alempana:)

  5. Beautiful photos, Maria! Your family lives in a wonderful place but I bet winter is dark and cold for half a year at least. I'd love to visit the Artic Circle at summer time one day.

    The recipe is amazing, I'm going to make it for sure!

  6. Your hometown is so picturesque and romantic! And those balls are so delicious!

  7. The tahini is so interesting! Not sure what unhulled tahini means -- sesame seeds with the husks on? What a gorgeous wedding -- have a great trip!

  8. These remind me of a sweet they serve with Moroccan tea in Marrakesh, which I think is also mainly made of dried fruit rolled into a ball and covered in coconut. Maybe they're the same thing! Your photos are gorgeous, you're so lucky to have grown up in such a wonderful landscape.

  9. So beautiful! I love how simple those coconut balls are! I might even have all those tasty ingredients :) Thank you for always sharing your beautiful life with us!

  10. so so beautiful and thanks for the coconut balls - will give them a try

  11. What glorious photos! I remember asking you for pics of birches and lakes ere you left: you surely have responded and I love the one of you in the forest glade! Quite a change now to S France - I'll be there in a few weeks on TV, as I am a 'Tour de France' addict :) ! Oh, shall make those coconut balls, of course!!

  12. i am a big fan of homemade raw truffles and these look amazing!! the photos in this post are gorgeous, what a beautiful landscape!! france has a lot of beautiful nature, unforunately i havent seen very much of it except the south.

  13. Your hometime looks so idyllic! it must have been an amazing place to grow up in!

  14. Happy Wedding! I wish you all the best! Wonderful photos and I coudln't wait to finally make these coconut balls and yesterday I finally did it! They are sooooo delicious!


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