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