Bliss Balls are all the rage, and rightly so! they are "2 bite size" pieces of goodness that can be jam packed full of protein, antioxidant rich super foods and be utterly delicious at the same time. Great for the whole family. I personally should write a recipe book just on balls as i make them all the time.
So, Nutella i hear you say? yep these balls are seriously the goods! I don't know anyone whom i have made them for or who has used this recipe who doesn't like them. They are nutritious, delicious and super simples to make.
- 80 Grams of hazelnuts (soaked overnight for sensitive tummies)
- 20 fresh whole dates (pitted)
- 60g Desiccated coconut
- 4 tbs of cacao or carob powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Blend the hazelnuts until they are at a fine powder/meal/crumb, add the pitted dates and blend, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until they form a moulding consistency. be careful not to take them too far as the hazelnuts can start to break down into hazelnut oil. (and they can get slippery)
roll into "2 bite size" balls and roll in cacao, sesame seeds or coconut.. and keep in a container in the fridge.
Be snack wise
As these are very addictive and delicious i must warn you that they still contain sugar are should be consumed in moderation. Being 20 weeks pregnant i do find this hard, however i am not eating for two (i tell my patients) i am eating responsibly, respectfully and healthily for a beautiful little bub in there. I too must take my own advice and be snack wise!
Now these bad boys are simply bursting with good fats, minerals, protein, and carbs for a long lasting energy treat.
Dates; a healthy fibre for healthy moving bowels :) actually contain over 15 minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium which is so fantastic for our nervous system. Natures caramel is merely a humble date and kids love them as is.
Chia Seeds; packed full of protein and actually contain iron. a great addition to bliss balls, smoothies, and baking of any description, very versatile and neutral in flavour. Chia seeds are high in omega 3 which is essential for healthy hair, skin and nails, reducing inflammation and protecting the old ticker (heart) from heart disease. CHia are also great to keep the digestive system healthy.
Cacao; often something I recommend to my patients to max out on magnesium and minerals. check out my superfood post. Full of antioxidants, and kids LOVE the flavour as its CHOCOLATE
Hazelnuts; A very exciting fact about hazels are that they are rich in folate, which is essential for expecting mums to prevent neural tube defects. Hazelnuts contain dietary fibre, essential fats and are a delicious source of vitamin E for the skin and a potent antioxidant.
These snacks are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, high in essential fatty acids, minerals, protein and iron. Good all rounders i say, enjoy in moderation with a cuppa of an afternoon, they also store well in lunch boxes, however do contain nuts so check for you schools "allergy aware list"