Black forest bliss balls
Bliss balls. Little round spheres of chewy gooey deliciousness. Perfect as a healthy snack or as post workout refuel. I have resorted to freezing mine to avoid shoveling them down my gullet in a very short space of time. Because even though they are super healthy and thus guilt free they do pack a nutritional punch not just on the micronutrient front. Which means slow metabolisers (evolutionary classed as the fittest, especially in times of famine) like me need to watch how many we eat unless we want to build reserves for potential hard times. You catch my drift.
A little detour
Anyway. I always make bliss balls with my lovely friend Doro. We actually met through our meddling mothers. Mine periodically liked to set me up with her friends offspring and when she suggested I should meet the daughter of her friend I inwardly groaned. You must know that the last few people she had foisted upon me had been rather blah. But, being the dutiful daughter that I am I agreed to meet this girl. Reluctantly. However, when I met Doro I discovered that my mum had blessed me with this pretty, clever, fabulous woman who has since turned into one of my closest friends. Thanks mum!
The bliss ball recipes on this blog are hers as much as mine – we discovered them together through trial and error over time. The results are majorly delicious AND super healthy!
Here’s a little nutritional information about the main ingredients.
- Their lovely fibre content helps to get rid of excess cholesterol and keeps things moving in the bathroom department.
- They also contain good levels of iron, which manages the balance of oxygen in our blood. Good iron levels help us feel energetic and sprightly!
- These super nuts are a great source of omega-3 fats, which are amongst other things great for brain health. Have you noticed that they even look like a brain?? Spooky.
- They also contain good levels of Vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect our hearts.
- Just make sure you eat the skin as well even though it’s a little bitter – it’s full of phytonutrients that protect us from a host of ailments such as diabetes and even cancer! What’s not to love!
I always soak my nuts and seeds to deactivate enzyme inhibitions and remove physic acid. This makes the nuts nutrients more available to us and ensures our digestion keeps running smoothly.
For more in-depth info read this article: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/the-benefits-of-soaking-nuts-and-seeds
- They contain great levels of antioxidants that help protect our cells and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Studies suggest that they can even aid in pain relief.
So! Without much further ado here’s the recipe for our mega-yummy superfood Black Forest Bliss Balls.
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup soft, pitted dates
- ½ cup dried tart cherries
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ cup raw cacao nibs
- Pinch of sea salt
- Blitz the nuts in your food processor or high speed blender until they have turned into flour
- Add the dried fruit and blitz until you get a crumbly dough that sticks together when you squeeze it
- Add the cacao powder and the salt and blitz again
- Stirn in the cacao nibs carefully
- Roll into balls and voila! If you feel fancy you can coat them in chia seeds or more cacao powder...
- They will keep in the fridge for a week or so. Freeze them alternatively.