Bliss balls are a great healthy snack to have on hand. I usually make a batch on a Sunday afternoon so I am organised in the snack department for the week ahead. This recipe is refined sugar free and is full of heart-healthy fats. Some people avoid nuts because they fear putting on weight. Studies have shown that those who eat nuts twice a week are less likely to put on weight than those who rarely eat nuts. Of course this would be a different story for salted or flavoured nuts.
Other health benefits of the nuts in this recipe include antioxidants, bone health, aid in lowering the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals, help provide good brain function and alkalise the body. Dates are also an excellent source of iron, dietary fibre and assist in replenishing energy. What a power-packed snack!
I use this recipe as the base for a lot of my bliss balls. You may wish to add cacao, apricots, protein powder, chia seeds, coconut, spirulina, lemon zest or goji berries to yours. Otherwise, they are just as satisfying and delicious on their own.
You will need:
1 cup of cashews
1 cup of other nuts eg, almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia
12-15 pitted dates (soaked in water for at least 20 minutes and check if they actually are pitted, you don’t want to chip a tooth!)
First process the nuts. Add the dates without the water (and any other addition) and process until it sticks up the sides of the processor. Check the mixture, if it is too dry or crumbly you may like to add some of the date water. If necessary, place in the fridge before rolling into balls. Roll into balls and refrigerate.
How do you like this bliss ball recipe? Did you add anything to yours?