Sunday, 15 September 2013

Raw Cacao & Walnut Bliss Balls

Simple things are often the best things in life. These Bliss Balls are simple.

Go on, have another! They are GOOD for you!
I got a little domestical on the weekend and made these little divine gems! They Gluten free, flour free, sugar free, raw, vegan / egg free and are quite simply heavenly!
The dates give a subtly sweet taste and a sticky gooey texture.

Bliss Balls are so easy to make! All you need is a simple food processor and a couple of utensils. No bake, no mess, barely any dishes!

Your local markets should stock most ingredients, or even online. I have found a fab local Foodland that supplies amazing organic, gluten free & vegan specialty items which I have sourced most of the ingredients from.


3 / 4 Cup  Walnuts
1 / 4 Cup  Chopped almonds
1 x Cup of dates ( I used Medjool) (juicy!)
4 Tbs Raw Cacao Nibs
4 Tbs Shredded / dessicated coconut
2 Tbs Agave Nectar
Pinch of Salt (maldon)

I have used local nuts as it so happens to be walnut season which means they come in the shell, they taste sweeter and fresher when straight from the shell.

Ok - the other reason I choose walnuts in shells is that I can't resist making those little walnut baby fairy beds! (look out for my next post!).

 Place nuts and cacao nibs in the processor until fine,  add rest of the ingredients and process for a little longer.

Make into little balls and roll them in coconut to finish. Place in fridge to cool.

How easy is that! No cooking and barely any dishes!

The Good stuff:

Raw Cacao
  • One of the richest sources of antioxidants, higher than that of grape seed and blue berries, no heating means the flavonoids give the most benefit.
  • Packed full of iron, zinc, photonutrients, omega 3 copper,  sulfur, magnesium, potassium,  (lots of muscle relaxing stuff there, great for those monthly chocolate cravings).
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Vitamin E
  • Contains Omega-3 fatty acids that can help lower LDL cholesterol
Why Agave Nectar?

Agave is a low glycemic sweetner,
Agave contains saponins and fructans, which are found on quinoa and many plant roots, including ginseng, have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties, including antimicrobial capability.
Inulin is a type of fructan or fiber that has many health benefits. Studies suggest that inulin can be effective in weight loss because of its low impact on blood sugar and its ability to increase satiety and decrease appetite. Inulin is also associated with lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of certain cancers, and increasing the absorption of nutrients, such as isoflavones, calcium and magnesium.

These should keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days. I dare you to try and keep them longer than 24 hours!
Totally Husband approved.
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