Fear not, these are not the type of bliss balls jam-packed with so-called ‘superfoods’ that command a hefty price tag. They are fad-free humble little balls that will simply up your vegetable and fibre intake, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth.
We got the idea after a friend sent us a bliss ball recipe that used carrots. Given that we all need to be eating more vegetables, we blitzed carrots with a few of our favourite ingredients to make a healthy and cost-effective snack. There was also the added bonus of a sense of triumph when we saw our kids’ blissfully unaware they were eating (and enjoying) vegetables in a treat.
Not only are these snacks nutritious and lunch box friendly, they are also full of healthy unsaturated fats. We tend to omit coconut oil in our bliss balls where we can due to its high saturated fat content. Instead, we use olive oil and firm up the bliss balls in the fridge. Feel free to add a little honey if you prefer it a bit sweeter.
This recipe makes about 16 balls.
You will need
- 3/4 cup of oats
- 2 carrots, washed and chopped into chunks
- 1/2 cup of mixture sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of pitted dates
- 2 heaped teaspoons of cocoa
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Shredded/desiccated coconut or cocoa to roll the balls in
- 1 tbsp coconut or rice or corn flour if mixture too wet
- Food processor
What you do
Throw all the ingredients except the coconut and flour in a food processor and whizz up until the mixture starts to become more of a paste. If the mixture is too wet you can add a few more oats or the flour. Remember they will firm up in the fridge. Roll the mixture into small balls with your hands and then roll the balls in shredded coconut or cocoa powder to finish. Keep in the fridge.