Friday 25 July | 2014
Finish your wheat shot, squeeze into those leggings and break out the yoga mat – today’s brunch inspiration comes from the casually glamorous, fitness and beauty crazed, Paleo worshipping folk of Los Angeles. Okay so not everyone in Los Angeles fits that description… but what is real is the nutrition punch that these Bliss Balls deliver, perfect for snacking or a breakfast boost on your way to work.
These mini protein packs are a great way to use up your superfood supplies, relying on dried fruit, nuts and seeds to deliver a balanced little multi-vitamin.
One Bliss Ball provides 5g of protein and almost 20% of your daily fibre needs, along with a quarter of your daily magnesium requirements, around 15% of your daily Vitamin E and Zinc, and up to 10% of your recommended iron intake.
Cinnamon provides an antioxidant hit, alongside medicinal Manuka honey for a supercharged morning fix.
100g pitted dates
100g pitted prunes
100g dried figs, tough stems removed
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp smashed linseed
1 tbsp Manuka honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
Dessicated coconut for rolling
Preheat the oven to 150°C and lightly toast the almonds and cashews.
Process the dates, prunes, and figs in a food processor with the coconut oil until the mixture is very finely chopped or almost smooth – a little further than in the image shown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Process the toasted almonds, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds in the food processor, then add to the fruit mixture. Gently melt the Manuka honey over a low heat (to retain the honey’s special properties), then add to the bowl with the linseed, chia seeds and cinnamon.
Mix well before shaping into about 12 balls and rolling in coconut. If the mixture is not holding together, return it to the food processor and blitz again.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, as keeping these little power packs cool improves their texture and cuts some of their sweetness. Enjoy!
Either blanched almonds or whole almonds with skin can be used for this recipe, with whole almonds offering more fibre.
Chia seeds are available in specialty heath food stores and while they are expensive, one package will go a long way.
The nutrients in linseed are more easily absorbed if it is smashed. Putting regular linseed in a food processor for a few seconds creates the same product.
Manuka honey is native New Zealand honey that makes regular honey taste like sugar syrup, and also has scientifically supported medicinal properties.
Coconut oil is a newly recognised health food product that is flavourless, for a substitute you could try macadamia or avocado oil.