Bliss Balls

 

Bliss Ball Recipe

I experienced my first rendezvous with bliss balls in Costa Rica on a yoga retreat a few years ago. Instantly, I fell.  I was raised Italian and the only bliss ball at our dinner table would have been a meatball.  When I returned state side I set forth on a quest to make them.  At the time (and let's face it, to this day) my daughter proved to be a terribly picky eater.  Enter, to save the day: the Bliss Ball.  

My kids live for these healthy snacks.  Chock full of seeds and nuts, these energy bites provide healthy fats, omega-3's, fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins. Much better than reaching for a bag of chips! And miss picky pants and her brother beg for bliss balls constantly.  Everybody wins!

The great thing about bliss balls is that you can basically add and subtract ingredients! So start with this easy recipe and each time you make it, try adding or subtracting something new. Make it your own till you find your jam!  The key is to grind up your dry ingredients first then add your binder (dates, dried figs, apricots, cranberries…etc).  As always, use organic ingredients! You could even soak your nuts and seeds.  

 

Ingredients

1-cup raw unsalted almonds

½ cup walnuts  

½ cup unsweetened dried coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp hemp seeds 

2 tbsp cocao powder

Big pinch of salt 

¾ lb dates (about 25 dates) Soak to soften and take out pit

1 tbsp coconut oil

 

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in food processor until combined and ground up.  Then put in your dates and coconut oil.  Process until mixed!  Roll in to balls. You can then roll the balls in cocao power, coconut flakes, ground up nuts…anyway to decorate and make pretty.  OR just roll them up and put them in the freezer!  Done!  Eat and enjoy.

 

Other ideas:  Honey, apricots, figs, oats, cashews, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon…the sky is the limit!

 

Connie

Connie Viglietti