Wholefood Bliss Ball Base for Every Taste
You'll find my high protein bliss ball base to work for many of your dietary needs. The base is grain, gluten, dairy, fruit, protein powder and refined sugar free, but sometimes we need nut free too. I've adapted a recipe from Teresa Cutter to cater for your nut free needs as well.
These healthy snacks are loaded with heart healthy fats that support your skin, hair and nails. They also contain zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium all needed to support our cells and prevent premature ageing. Zinc also helps with wound healing and reducing inflammation making it essential for those who suffer from inflammatory skin conditions and acne.
All you need to do is make the base, then simply add in whatever extras you like, such as cinnamon, cacao nibs, dried apricot, nuts, etc. Just note if you do add more liquid, or a lot of extra dry ingredient e.g. more protein, coconut or almond meal, you will need to add in a little extra liquid to balance out the texture.
I've listed some flavours for you to try, but feel free to experiment and come up with your own! I'd love to know what creations you make. So let me know by tagging me on Instagram (@larina_wholefood_dietitian) or Facebook!
High Protein Wholefood Bliss Ball Base
Gluten, grain, fruit, dairy, protein powder and refined sugar free
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds (optional)
- 1/4 cup quinoa flakes (optional - just replace with almond meal)
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp almond milk
High Protein Nut Free Base
adapted from Teresa Cutter.
- 1 cup coconut butter (coconut manna/flesh)
- 1/2 cup low carb protein of your choice - whey/pea/brown rice etc
- 1/4 cup desiccated or flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 – 6 tablespoons cold water
- 4 drops liquid Stevia or 3 tsp maple syrup
Lemon Coconut (pictured)
- 1/2 cup finely desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling (I didn't have any fine left to roll, so I used a chunkier shredded coconut processed in the food processor)
- Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
Date and Apricot
- 1 fresh date and 2 dried apricots
Cranberry and Apple
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries and 1 tbsp dried apple pieces
Fig and Orange
- 1 dried fig diced and zest of 1 small orange
Fruit Free Options
- 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp dairy free choc chips
- 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp peanuts
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut manna
Reduce almond milk to 1/2 tbsp, add 1 tbsp cooled espresso.
1 tbsp cacao powder
Process all the dry ingredients together in a food processor including any dry flavour ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and any chunky add ins e.g. dried fruit, and process until the mix forms a ball, and/or is sticky enough that it holds together when pressed. Roll into balls. You can roll in coconut, cacao nibs, crushed nuts, chia seeds or cacao for an extra hit of goodness.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Enjoy being you!