(Makes 15-20 balls)
I first tried these out on a whim last month, and when I first served them at my weekly Meal Prep Party, we ran out! My four year old has not stopped asking me about them as well! Finally I made them again, and I know they need to be part of my regular repertoire!
Here is why. Beyond the fact that these are totally scrumptious,
- berries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of plants
- blueberries specifically, are called “the brain berry” for their ability to improve brain function
- the brain support from these balls goes beyond the berries. Cacao butter is rich in flavanols which lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and the heart.
- also rich in heart-healthy fatty acids are cashews which are in these balls
- these bliss balls are a terrific source of minimally processed, non-GMO, natural plant protein. The protein found in Complete is considered superior to the more ubiquitous, highly processed whey protein products because it is whole food based and anti-inflammatory
- these balls won’t cause a spike in insulin levels, which create a cascade of negative events in your body. Low glycemic foods allow the body to maintain a more steady level of insulin for a longer period of time, which is optimal
- healthy poops equal happy people, and since these balls are a high fiber food, you will notice better satiety, digestion and regularity
- beetroot crystals help support liver function, contains vitamin C and iron. I love them because they make my smoothies bright fuscia, and really bring out the colour in these berry bliss balls (hey, food is art)!
1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, or mixed berries will work well)
1/2 cup soaked cashews
6 pitted dates
2 tsp beetroot crystals
1/3 cup cacao butter
1/3 cup coconut manna
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened berry jam
3 tbsp coconut flour
1/3 cup almond flour
Unsweetened, shredded coconut
Melt cacoa butter over medium/low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in coconut oil and coconut manna. Add to a blender the melted fats plus blueberries, cashews, dates, beetroot crystals.
Once blended (it is ok if it is not totally smooth), take out of blender and mix in a bowl with the dry ingredients.
Consistency should be so that you can easily roll them into balls and they stick together. If it is too crumbly, add a splash of coconut milk. If it is too wet, add more almond flour. Shake each ball in a bag that has shredded coconut.
If you make these, make sure you share the love! Tag me on social media and use the hashtag #yumballs!