Berry Bliss Balls

(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)!

Ingredients:

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

2/3 cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete

3 tbsp coconut flour

1/3 cup almond flour

Unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions:

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!

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