Why do I feel this recipe is the last you will ever have to search for? Because it is actually more of a ‘formula’ than it is a recipe.
This recipe is simply a base recipe that you can then play off of to create the bliss ball recipe (or recipes) of your dreams. I will teach you the basics, so that you can run with them and let your imagination soar!
There are literally hundreds of recipes you could create out of this base recipe, so you never have to worry again about getting bored with your snack time. But before we get into the fun, lets talk a little bit about the four nutritional benefits of these oh so delicious bites.
1. Healthy Fats
Bliss balls are packed full of nuts and seeds, and each nut and seed boasts its own nutritional profile. For instance walnuts, chia seeds and hemp seeds are really high in omega 3 fatty acids which support your brain health and help to reduce inflammation, where as sesame seeds are chock full of calcium, which helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. Switching up your nut and seed consumption means you will be getting a wider range of nutrients than you would sticking to just one or two variety’s.
Bliss balls can also pack a nice protein punch. Stir in some hemp seeds, chia seeds or even some plant based protein powders like rice or hemp protein to give your balls a super hit of amino acids. Even if you don’t add the above items, these balls will still give you at least a few grams of protein apiece.
The fruit and nut/seed combination found in these balls means that they are jam packed with fiber. This fiber is going to help slow the release of any sugars that may be in the balls, helping to keep your blood sugar levels stable and it will help to fill you up so that you are not ravenously hungry 20 minutes after eating.
Your bodies preferred source of fuel is carbohydrates, and bliss balls have you covered where your energy needs are concerned. Nuts and seeds have some carbohydrates, and whatever fruit/natural sweetener you choose to add to the party will give you that energy hit you are looking for at snack time.
So with that covered, lets look at our recipe!
Note: Makes 34-48 balls, depending on the size you prefer.
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 3 cups fresh dates, pitted (soak in water for 20-30 minutes to soften if they are dry)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. Himalayan salt
- Pinch cinnamon powder
- Pinch vanilla powder or extract
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon or your hands.
- Add in your dates and nut butter.
- Stir until well mixed. Your mixture should come together and easily form balls when you squeeze some in your hands. If your mixture is too crumbly, add more nut butter or dates. If it is too wet, add more coconut or sesame seeds.
- Roll into balls the size of your choice.
- Freeze or refrigerate.
So from here, your flavor combinations are endless!
- You could swap out the peanut butter for cashew butter, leave the chocolate chips out and add lemon zest for lemon pie bliss balls.
- You could use pecan butter, add some grated carrot and raisins and call them carrot cake balls.
- You could use hazel nut butter and add in some cocoa or cacao and they are now Nutella balls.
- In place of dates, you could use coconut sugar, honey, dried banana, dried pineapple, dried apricots or even raisins.
- You can skip the nut butter and blend up some seeds or nuts in your food processor or blender with a touch of coconut oil.
You can also add any of your favorite spices to this mix. Personally, I like ginger, cardamom and allspice.
So, what combos are you dreaming up?Image credit: The Live Well Playground