Bliss balls.. protein balls.. vegan bliss balls.. balls that are sugar and gluten free.. You see them everywhere now. Almost every cafe appears to stock some sort of ball.. they are actually a very yummy and wonderful snack.
I must admit that if I ever see some, that look particularly interesting, in a cafe (where the ingredients aren’t listed) I do ask what’s in them. Curiosity. The combination of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, oils, butters, sweeteners and spices are always slightly different. Over the past 6 months I’ve played with a few different recipes, and these ones are by far my favourite.
Why these balls are worth trying..
They are just so chocolately, nutty and smooth.. quite moreish. Wholesome and nutritious – each ball is high in protein, fibre and antioxidants, is gluten free, raw and contains no added sugar. They are also so easy to make. If you make a batch they keep well in the fridge (in an air tight container) for a week. They also freeze well. One of these balls is a great ‘pick me up’ snack.. mid morning with a coffee.. or in the afternoon.
Unlike many bliss balls, they contain brazil nuts, which are a fantastic source of selenium. Selenium is a mineral that plays a very important role in male fertility but also female fertility. Brazil nuts have quite a different flavour and texture to say almonds or cashews, so these balls have a lovely different flavour.. perhaps surprising fresh. The combination of nuts I’ve used in these balls is not too ‘brazil nutty’ though, cashews and almonds provide a nice creamy and subtle flavour.
This recipe is in honour of the brazil nut. It’s an awesome nut. So whether you’re planning to have a baby soon, or not.. these balls are worth trying, for anyone, particularly if you love nuts and need a new snack recipe to try.
Choc goji brazil nut balls
(Recipe makes about 8 balls)
You will need:
¼ cup brazil nuts
¼ cup cashew nuts
2 Tbsp. mixed seeds (or if you don’t have a seed mix use 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds)
1 Tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla essence or extract
5 dates, pitted
½ Tbsp. chia seeds
1 Tbsp. goji berries (optional)
1 Tbsp. coconut flakes (optional)
½ tsp cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt flakes (optional)
1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until mixed well.
2. Spoon mixture into a bowl and using your fingers roll mixture into balls, using approx. 1 Tbsp. per ball.
3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep well for a week, but they’re unlikely to last that long!