If you're looking for a snack that packs a healthy protein punch then Bliss Balls are your answer!
There are a plethora of recipes out there for the perfect bliss ball, but knowing the basics can get you creating the taste combinations that you'll love.
You can even get away with not having a food processor to make these, if you stick to combinations of nut butters, seeds, powders and syrups. However to really get creative, a food processor is going to be a handy tool.
Here's a few tips for getting your bliss balls to be more bliss and less "balls up".
1. Blend the protein (nut and seed portion) of the recipe first then add the dried fruit to make a smooth consistency.
2. Use flavour combinations that you enjoy. Some I like are Choc-mint or Choc-orange, lemon & macadamia, goji berry & pecan, or date and vanilla makes a lovely caramel flavour.
3. Go easy on the sweeteners. Nutritionally, you want the bliss balls provide you with protein predominately. So keep the sweet flavours to a bare minimum.
4. Add a tiny amount of filtered water to the mixture to get it to form a dough. Roll into balls and cover with desiccated coconut, coconut flour, sesame seeds, or chia seeds. Or leave as is.
After having a discussion with my son about why I won't be making brownies for his recess, I have come up with these low carb zucchini brownies. Not only have they survived the taste test, but he has asked for the recipe to prove to his cooking teacher that brownies can be healthy. Nut free, grain free, gluten free and dairy free!
Melanie Turner, Naturopath, mother, gardener, lover of wholesome food