How is your March going? Mine is… well, speeding by. There is a lot going on. So much, in fact, I find myself slightly saddened by the lack of time I’ve had to prepare and photograph new recipes. Fortunately, I have dozens that still need to be published. So for today…? A healthy snack I like to refer to as ‘Bliss Balls.’
Bliss balls are typically made of 3-5 ingredients, are rich in fiber, protein, and easy-to-digest carbohydrates, and typically taste very yummy. Best of all, they are a nutritious treat that keeps for several weeks. I like to have a snack on one nearly once a day — I’m not going to lie. I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Health Benefits of Raw Cacao
Did you know? Unprocessed, organic cacao is actually GOOD for you. As Healthline points out, the “food of the Gods” has been shown to have numerous health benefits and healing potential: Cacao…
- … is rich in antioxidants
- May help reduce high blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels
- May help lower the risk of having a heart attack
- May help improve symptoms of depression
- May help improve diabetes
- May aid in weight control
- May help with menstrual pain due to magnesium
- May have anti-cancer properties
- May even benefit teeth and skin
Spiced Pecan + Cacao Bliss Balls [Vegan, DF, Paleo]
Power through the day with these healthy cacao bliss balls.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 18 1x
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: Paleo
- Diet: Vegan
For the bliss balls
- 2 cups pecans
- 2 cups almonds
- 2 cups dates
- 3 Tbsp cacao
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Dash of sea salt
For the chocolate drizzle:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2.5 Tbsp cacao
- dash of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- In a food processor, grind the almonds and pecans until they form a fine powder. Add the dates and pulse on medium-high until crumble forms.
- Add the cacao, cinnamon, and sea salt, and continue to pulse until the texture is sticky and clumps together.
- Roll 1 Tbsp of the mixture into a ball, and place on a tray covered with parchment paper. Repeat this step until all balls have been formed. Chill in the fridge.
- Melt coconut oil in a double broiler. Add cacao, maple, vanilla, and a dash of sea salt, and whisk until a glaze forms.
- Remove the balls from the fridge and dip in the chocolate glaze with a fork. Place on the parchment paper-covered tray and chill until the chocolate hardens.
- Store the bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 12 days.
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I drizzled the bliss balls with the same chocolate sauce (ganache) used in my matcha chocolate cheesecake. It’s not necessary, but feel free to spiff them up as you please.
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