Today I want to share with you one of my favourite sweet treats – chocolate bliss balls. It is made from all plant- based whole food, no added sugar, no added fat, or artificial additives, and it is vegan friendly. It’s a perfect sweet snack, but also a great chance to boost your nutrition intake.
- Very filling and help with regular bowels: prunes, chia seeds, LSA, walnuts are all packed with fibre. One of my client’s said if she has any difficulty opening her bowel, this ball is her ‘laxative’
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidants:
- Cocoa is one of the richest sources of polyphenols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is better to choose 100% no sugar non-alkalised cocoa powder to maximise health benefits.
Chocolate Bliss Balls
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup 100% cacao (no sugar)
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup LSA (Linseed, sunflower seed and almond) mix
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Coconut to coat
- Soak dates, prunes in hot water for about 10mins
- Add dates, prunes, (*apricots) and nuts into a food processor, process on high speed for 20 seconds
- Scrape down sides of bowl and add in cacao, LSA and chia seeds and coconut, process on full speed for 40-60 seconds or until mixture combines together (this may take a little while, keep blending until it happens)
- Roll into bite sized balls
Makes 10 -12 balls. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
*Feel free to use other nuts and seeds mix or use other dry fruit (such as apricot)
Recipe adapted from Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute ‘Healthy Snacks’
Grace (Daiqing) Yu - Dietitian and Nutritionist
Grace graduated from Flinders University with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a strong passion for food and cooking and is well-exposed to both Asian and Western cultures and cuisine. Grace believes everyone should enjoy food while also staying healthy and feeling good! She provides a nutrition assessment and can tailor an individualised meal plan to develop sustainable healthy eating habits that fit into your lifestyle.
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