Paleo Bliss Ball Recipes

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Bliss balls (also known as energy balls) are tiny little morsels of goodness which you can keep on hand to munch on when you need a pick me up. Being mainly fruit based, they are high in fructose though – so you need to try and restrict yourself to a couple at a time – especially if you have a sweet tooth! They also make great presents (hint hint).

The basic ball recipe only requires a few staple ingredients which you can keep stocked in your pantry – however, there are many many ways to jazz them up! Here are some PICK + PALEO favourites:

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Basic Paleo Bliss Ball Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of dried dates, finely chopped
  2. 1/3 cup of dried prunes, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup of raisins
  4. 1/3 cup of unsalted cashew nuts
  5. 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients in to a food processor (except the coconut)
  2. Mix well by pulsing the food processor on high speed, until it starts to form a tighter mixture
  3. Use wet hands to shape the balls, squeeze tightly to remove any moisture
  4. Roll in coconut and place in the refrigerator to chill for two hours, or overnight
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge
Include the following extras to change the flavour:

  • Orange – add the zest of an orange, the zest of a lemon, a squeeze of orange juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Lemon – add the zest of two lemons, and a tablespoon of honey
  • Chocolate, cranberry and pistachio – add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup natural pistachios, 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa
  • Blueberry bites – add 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), zest of one lemon
  • Raspberry bites – add 1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Rocky Road – add 1/2 cup of goji berries, 1/2 cup of natural pistachios, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts, and 2 tablespoons of cacao or cocoa
  • Nut Butter – add 2 tablespoons of your favourite nut butter
  • Apricot delight – add 1/2 cup of chopped dried apricots, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • And specially for Christmas – add 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, zest of one orange, and a squeeze of orange juice. Decorate with coconut (for a snow topping), two goji berries and 2 pumpkin seeds (to look like holly).

As you can see – the options are endless and completely up to your own tastebuds. Here at PICK + PALEO we have tried making variations of bliss balls using various spices, grated carrot; fresh strawberries; paleo protein powder; dried mango; maca powder; spirulina; LSA, tahini, and chia seeds.

For extra sweetness, use agave syrup, honey, cacao nibs, and organic vanilla extract.

Whatever pairing takes your fancy – experiment in the kitchen, and enjoy!

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