Author Jean Morrison
Healthy Bliss Balls
These are totally yummy. A sweet but healthy snack food. I use dried apples or dried apricots in this recipe. Both work well.
20 minutes plus resting in the fridge for half an hour
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Quantity: 16 - 20 balls
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1/2 cup dried apricots or apples
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup roasted un-salted cashews
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon sugar-free peanut butter
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/3 cup extra desiccated coconut to roll the balls in.
Cover the apricots or dates with boiling water and let them sit for a few minutes. Drain them very well and place into the blender/food processor with the next seven ingredients.
When you have achieved a relatively smooth mixture (some texture is quite OK) place it in a bowl and into the fridge for half an hour to firm up.
Take spoonfuls of mixture, about walnut sized, and roll them into neat balls. Roll the balls in the remaining coconut. Refrigerate on a large plate..
If you don't have sunflower seeds swap them for pumpkin seeds.
Store them at the back of the fridge so you can't see them or you will scoff the lot really fast.
Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits with some records showing they were available as far back as 50,000 BC. They grow on date palms and are clustered together under the green leaves of the tree. Dates are very sweet and soft and can be blended until smooth and used as a natural sweetener. They contain potassium and soluble fibre. Fresh or dried dates can be eaten as is or they can be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, citrus peel and cream cheese.
Apricots were first found growing wild in China. They have been around for 4,000 years. Apricots are rich in beta carotene, minerals and vitamin A plus they are a good source of fibre.
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