I made these decadent little morsels for a treat. Still packed full of goodness and superfoods, they make eating food in which you know all the ingredients much easier; and they are much better for you than a biscuit or piece of cake!… and I add extra fibre to my bliss balls in the form of psyllium and chia seed.
These bliss balls are delicious and they are an easy snack to grab from the fridge when you are under sail.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brazil nuts, chopped
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup psyllium husk
340g pitted prunes
4 Tbs cointreau or juice or water
Soak the goji berries in the Cointreau or juice/water and set aside for about 20 minutes.
In a food processor add oats and blend well. Then add the cocoa, almond meal, psyllium and chia seeds, and give a quick blend.
To the food processor, add the prunes and the liquid strained from the goji berries – reserve the berries. Blend until mixed well.
Put mix into a large bowl and add the chopped brazil nuts (I wanted them quite chunky so I used a knife to chop them) and the reserved goji berries.
Now mix well using a large spoon and squishing and spreading until the berries and nuts are incorporated with the processed mix!
Using slightly wet hands, roll the mix into small balls. Makes 25-30.
Store in refrigerator. Will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.
About the Ingredients
Oats – High in fibre, helps reduce cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.
Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.
Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Cocoa – rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.
Almond Meal – high in protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin. Lowers cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. Supports health brain function and maintains healthy skin.
Brazil nuts – High in selenium. The ‘super’ benefits of Brazil nuts also include, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will increase your bliss, hence Bliss Balls! This is due to the Selenium which has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.
Goji Berries – good source of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamins A & C as well as iron, and high in antioxidants.
Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Cointreau – well it is just yummy!
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