Bliss balls are all the rage these days and with good reason. They’re packed full of nutrients and are a healthy and delicious alternative to sweets.
What makes these decadent bliss balls a superfood?
Dates: Contains an array of nutrients that promote regular bowel movements, boost energy, strengthens bones, reduce risk of heart related disease and some would argue most importantly, aids in weight loss!
Cacao: All the deliciousness of chocolate without the saturated fat. Cacao is high in antioxidants and can alleviate stress, manage depression, detoxify the liver and reduce PMS symptoms.
Maca root: An ancient Peruvian root, maca can have a variety of positive effects on your health including; reduced anxiety, strong bones, increased libido, improved sleep, memory and brain function.
Activated Almonds: Almonds are activated by soaking them in water for a period of time to breakdown the phytochemicals that prevent proper nutrient absorption. Benefits of almonds include healthy skin, increased digestive health, healthy brain function and they’re rich in vitamin E!
Oats: A lower calorie alternative to nuts when making bliss balls, oats can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, enhance immunity, reduce bad cholesterol and aid in weight loss.
Cinnamon: Not only does it taste and smell amazing, cinnamon is full of antioxidants and can boost memory, build strong bones, improve digestion and reduce blood pressure. It’s also a great source of calcium.
Now enough rambling, here’s the recipe!
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup oat flour (or you can grind up rolled oats in a coffee grinder)
- 1 tbs activated almond butter
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 1/2 tbs maca root powder
- dash of cinnamon
Soak dates in a bowl of hot water while you gather the rest of the ingredients.
Toss everything, other than the dates and almond butter, into a food processor and mix thoroughly.
Once your mixture is evenly combined, drain the dates from the water and toss them in with the almond butter. Mix until you’re left with a crumbly mixture.
Press the mixture into a ball with your hands. Makes 12 healthy sized balls at only 54 calories per ball!