Let’s start the year on a bliss note with a chocolately, craving satisfying bliss ball. Sounds good right?
These are brilliant healthy dupes for brownies. They’re ideal for when you need a chocolate hit a.s.a.p and you ain’t got no time to wait for baking and cooling. Despite tasting indulgently unhealthy these bliss balls are made from 100% whole foods i.e not a refined or artificial ingredient in sight.
My balls are:
- Dairy free
- Gluten free
- Refined sugar free
- Protein rich
Bliss balls are a super way to boost energy levels, fill you up between meals and satisfy cravings. These balls contain some of my favourite ingredients:
Cacao: a true superfood that boosts mood, protects your heart, is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants.
Maca: a honeycomb tasting adaptogen that helps the body fight stress, balances hormones, boosts energy and is high in essential fatty acids, B vitamins, zinc, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Himalayan pink salt: unlike standard table salt, which is processed to contain 0 minerals, pink salt contains around 84 minerals. Plus, it naturally tastes saltier so you only need to use a small amount.
Nut butter: a good source of protein and healthy fat. Gram for gram almonds are the most nutrient dense nut but cashews contain more monounsaturated fatty acids that reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
I like to eat a bliss ball (or maybe two) when I feel my energy levels dip mid afternoon, or I slice one up and put it on my smoothie bowl. Yum.
Makes roughly 6 balls
[although I may have eaten some of the batter]
8 deglet noor dates (roughly 1/3 cup)*
1 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder (I used Revolution foods chocolate vanilla)
1 tbsp cacao
1 heaped tsp maca
1 tsp lucuma
2 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp cashew nut butter
2 tbsp buckwheat groats or almond meal
1 tbsp gluten free oats
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1.5 tbsp water
Desiccated coconut/coconut sugar/crushed almonds for coating
*You can use medjool or whatever dates you have but you may need less as the dates I had were quite small.
1.Blend all the ingredients in a processor until the mixture reaches a consistency like cookie dough. It should be slightly sticky/wet so that you can take a tbsp and form a ball. If it’s too dry/crumbly add a little more water/an extra date/extra nut butter, if it’s too wet add more oats/almond meal/buckwheat/.
2.Roll the balls in a coating of your choice. I ended up mixing a little maca, cacao and coconut sugar on plate as I was out of desiccated coconut.
3.Enjoy. Store them in an air tight container or in the fridge and consume within a week. Or freeze them for up to 3 months.
I ballieve you’ll like these. x
P.s If I haven’t said so already, happy 2018!!! How are your New Year resolutions going?