Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bliss Balls

Need a little extra energy throughout your day? Try making these no fuss, no cooking bliss balls which are made in a matter of minutes. Just find some nuts, dried fruits and seeds in the cupboard, mix in a blender , roll into balls or logs and pop in the fridge. Enjoy!!!

Tahini Bliss Balls

1/4 cup Tahini
2 tablespoons Organic Honey
1/2 cup Cashews
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 tablespoon Shredded Coconut 
Cocoa powder for rolling

Blend or chop nuts and dried fruits finely either with a knife, in a blender, a food processor or Thermomix. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Roll into small size balls and cover lightly in shredded coconut, sesame seeds or cocoa. Keep in the fridge or make a big batch and have some tucked away in the freezer.

Makes about 25 balls depending on the size you roll them.
Marmalade Bliss Balls
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons of home-made marmalade (or you can use your favourite jam)
1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (e.g. macadamias, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, Pistachios)
1/2 cup finely chopped mixed dried fruits (e.g. dates, apricots, figs, currants, raisins, cranberries)
1/4 cup shredded coconut (for coating)

Follow instructions above on combining the ingredients.

Coconut Bliss Balls
3 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil

1 tablespoon agave syrup       
2 drops of natural vanilla extract  
1/2 cup raw cashews 
5 pitted dates
1/4 cup dark chocolate
1/4 cup L.S.A for coating.

Green Bliss Balls
3 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 tablespoons of tahini
1/4 cup Cashews
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3 pitted dates
1/4 cup L.S.A for coating

It really depends what you have in the cupboard. Along with any nuts, I usually add sultanas, oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate pieces, dried cranberries or dried apricots. I coat the balls with sesame seeds, L.S.A mix, hazelnut meal, cocoa powder or shredded coconut.

Keep trying until you find a mixture you love.  

Benefits of Seeds:

High in fibre, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that can help keep our heart healthy and our body disease free. Seeds are also a great source of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients.

Benefits of Nuts:

A great source of healthy fat (unsaturated fat), they are also a great source of protein but are high in calories. Try to stick to a handful of nuts a day or just a couple of bliss balls.

Brazilian nuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, macadamia nuts are nutritious sources of protein, amino acids and minerals. Almonds, are rich in iron, calcium and vitamin E, cashews are rich in vitamin A, and peanuts offer zinc. Walnuts, flax seeds and hemp seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids like oily fishes, mixed up in a bliss ball = loads of goodness.

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