Bliss balls are my go-to when I need a sweet treat.
Blending the dried fruit with twice the quantity of nuts reduces the concentration of sugar and lowers the glycemic index meaning that the sugar is more slowly absorbed by the body.
Dried apricots are rich in potassium which helps the body maintain healthy blood pressure. They are also high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A – a powerful antioxidant that regenerates cells and supports eye health. Almonds and cashews are rich in vitamins and minerals, and provide a good plant-based source of protein.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 50g shredded coconut
- 50ml coconut milk or coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut for rolling
Add the nuts, dried apricots, shredded coconut and coconut milk/cream to a food processor and blend until all ingredients are well mixed but the nuts remain in small chunks resembling large breadcrumbs.
Remove the mixture and roll in the desiccated coconut creating balls – around 12 to 15 depending on how big you like them.
To inject some extra protein, simply add a couple of tablespoons of your favourite vanilla protein powder plus a little extra coconut milk/cream when making the mixture.