Some people call them Amazeballs, some call them Bliss Balls. I’ll call them “whatever balls” because whatever they are, they are GOOD and whatever I have in my pantry at the time, goes in them.
Now when it comes to these balls, I’m not really one for measurements, but for the purpose of this, I can give you a rough estimate. 😉
1.5 – 2 cups of Medjool Dates (roughly chopped)
1 cup raw almonds
3 tbs chia seeds
3 tbs goji berries
1 cup quinoa flakes (make sure it’s the flakes and not the grain).
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (Not cocoa. Cocoa is heavily processed and not in it’s raw form, where as raw cacao is chocolate that is actually good for you)
1 heaped tbs tahini paste
1/4 cup coconut oil
Start by blitzing up the almonds in the food processor (or Thermomix) until it’s like almond meal. Then add the dates and goji berries and whizz it up until combined.
Add all the other dry ingredients and give it a bit of a blitz until it’s combined.
Finally, add the coconut oil and tahini, and give it a final blend for a good few seconds.
You want it to be well combined, and easily able to be rolled into balls. If the mixture is too sticky or wet, add some more quinoa flakes, chia seeds or a couple more dates. If the mixture is too dry and doesn’t roll well, add some more coconut oil or even a little water.
Before rolling, have a little taste of the mixture to see if it’s sweet enough for you. If not? Add a little raw honey, or coconut nectar.
Then roll them up into little balls and pop them into the fridge for about an hour or so to set. They keep in the fridge for a week or two. And I also like to keep some in the freezer for an icy cold treat.
The ingredients I used here are usually my base. You could also roll them in coconut. And they work without the quinoa flakes & chia seeds as more of a fudge style treat. I will also add different nuts or seeds (macadamia, pepitas, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews etc), bee pollen, dried cranberries, maca powder, shredded coconut, dried apricots… as I said, whatever you have lying around! Have fun with it, don’t overthink it, as long as you taste test along the way, you can’t really go wrong.
Such versatile little things they are!
They are great for the kids and are packed with so much protein, vitamins and minerals. They do, however, have sugar in them (all natural, of course), so only have one or two.