[RECIPE] Makes lots! | 15 mins
This recipe is a craving buster, and contains no added sugar, is gluten free, protein-packed and makes the perfect go-to portable snack. Oh, and did we mention that it will boost your brain and nourish your skin. What more could you want!
These little bliss balls are just packed full of goodness! Firstly raw cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! These antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease by neutralising free radicals before they damage the structures of your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. The fibre in the dates helps to keep your blood vessels healthy so that it can provide your skin with these nourishing antioxidants along with oxygen and other nutrients.
Walnuts are wonderful. These little cerebral shaped nuts are funnily enough excellent for brain health! Also their protein content is excellent for stabilising blood sugar while their omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can stop the causes of wrinkles before they start. The cytokinins in coconut regulate the cell growth, which minimises the ageing of skin cells, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissues strong and hydrated. A high fibre and manganese content assists in digestion and absorption of all these important nutrients mentioned.
– 1 cup fresh seedless ‘medjool’ dates
– 1/4 cup raw cacao (use Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores)
– 1 cup raw walnuts
– 1 tspn cacao butter or coconut oil (melted)
– zest of lemon or orange, or
– scraped vanilla bean pod / pure essence, or
– spice – chai or cinnamon, and/or
– handful cacao nibs
TO ROLL balls in
One or any of the following:
Throw all these ingredients in to a food processor and whizz until mixture is like a dough. Roll mix into small balls, roll balls in the shredded in coconut and keep in the fridge until firm.
TIP & TRICKS
Have fun by mixing up the textures and flavours of your Glow Balls. Maybe add a bit of lemon rind to the mixture for a zesty twang of flavour. Or instead of rolling in coconut, maybe try cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds or goji berries create a beautiful look on the platter & to feed your skin!
Make up a platter with a variety balls or pop 1 or 2 onto a pretty little plate and serve with a cup of re-balance tea.
Enjoy your nibbles!