MAKES 12 BALLS – GF . DF . V . VG . *
Bliss balls are a healthier sweet treat option with protein and healthy fats from the seeds. My staple base ingredients are dates or apricots and seeds (or nuts if schools allow).
sunflower seeds 1/2 cup
pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup
dates 1 cup pitted
cacao powder 1 tbsp
orange zest of 1 + 1tsp juice
shredded coconut 1/2 cup to roll
coconut oil 1 tbsp
In a food processor blend seeds into crumbs. Place rest of ingredients except juice/coconut oil into food processor and blend until well combined. It should look like damp crumbs. Gradually add juice or oil until mixture sticks together and starts to form balls when pressed together.
Roll into balls, then roll in coconut or simply leave plain. Keep in an airtight container in fridge until ready to pop into your child’s lunchbox.
Add coconut oil gradually at the end so you don’t make them too sticky.
Alternative emulsifiers are lemon juice, orange juice, coconut cream or olive oil
Alternative coverings – cacao/cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, carob, crushed nuts or seeds
Alternative flavourings – 1tsp peppermint essence, lemon rind/juice, cinnamon, dark chocolate chips
Use nuts instead of seeds if allowed – almonds, cashews & hazelnuts work well
Carol from Nutrition Unwrapped is an Adelaide based nutritionist helping individuals understand how to eat healthy. Her book “Lunchboxes Unwrapped” contains essential information on what to include in your chid’s lunchbox along with great recipes & ideas. It’s available to buy online from her website www.nutritionunwrapped.com.au