Like many people I seem to spend a not insignificant part of my day running errands or ferrying my kids around. The work day can easily go by with a flash and it’s often when I’m about to step into my car that I realise that I’m starving and need to eat.
This is when these clever little Vanilla Bliss Balls come in – I keep them in the fridge at home or at my clients’ offices and I grab a couple when I need to eat on the run. No, eating on the run is not ideal but it’s often the reality for busy people and these healthy, nutritionally dense balls are a far better choice than anything out of a snack machine. Kids also like these Bliss Balls – when my two have after school sports or music classes I pack a few of these with some fruit in a lunch box for them.
These gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free Vanilla Bliss Balls are a cinch to make – you simply process the ingredients together and then mould them into balls with your hands. I like preparing them on a Sunday night so I have my healthy snacking organised for the week. It makes me feel a little more organised and in control of my life, if only temporarily. That has to be a positive thing, right? Enjoy!
- 1 cup natural almonds
- 2 cups stoned dates, chopped roughly
- 1 cup mixed pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds and pine nuts
- ½ cup shredded coconut plus another ¼ cup for decoration (if desired)
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla bean essence
- 2 tablespoons water
- In a processor, blitz almonds for about 20 seconds.
- Add dates and then blitz again until resembling rough sand.
- Add mixed seed mixture and ½ cup shredded coconut and blitz again until well combined.
- Add vanilla and water and blitz again until fully combined.
- Use a spoon to scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll and press between palms to form small, walnut-sized balls.
- Roll into reserved coconut if desired or leave as is.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up until a week.