Peanut butter bliss balls

peanut-butter-bliss-ballsI’ve been craving peanut butter lately so decided to experiment with peanut butter bliss balls.

I’ve tried lots of recipes but most contained shredded coconut which i didn’t find worked particularly well with peanut butter.

I’ve landed on this recipe which tastes AMAZING and is super simple – containing just four key ingredients and optionally some good quality dark chocolate.

Health benefits

Dates are rich in a range of minerals and vitamins including iron which is lacked by so many women, especially pregnant women. They’re a good source of magnesium which is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, assisting with arthritis and is also beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  

Dates contain high levels of soluble fibre which helps food pass through the digestive tract and as such they’re often prescribed for those suffering from constipation.

Cashews are rich in monounsaturated fats which are said to be good for the cardiovascular system and may be particularly beneficial for diabetics. They are extremely high in copper which plays an important role in many physiological processes within the body including iron utilisation, production of melanin and development of bone and connective tissues. They’re

a good source of phosphorous, manganese and magnesium which balances calcium and is essential for healthy bones, nerves and muscles.

Peanuts are actually a legume rather than a nut and are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and oleic acid, a healthy fat also found in olive oil. Peanuts are a good source of antioxidants, minerals copper, manganese, niacin and folate as well as vitamin E and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons good quality peanut butter (or even 4 if you love peanut butter)
  • 8 medjool dates, stones removed
  • Half a teaspoon good quality salt
  • Optional (if you like chocolate chips): 20g high cocoa content dark chocolate (i choose 70 or 85%).

Method

  1. Place the cashews, dates, peanut butter and salt in a food processor and blend until the ingredients are well mixed but there are still small course chunks of nuts
  2. If you’d like chocolate chips, chop the chocolate into small chunks to make chocolate chips
  3. Add the peanut butter mixture and chocolate to a bowl
  4. Roll into 8-10 bliss balls

Makes 8-10 bliss balls that will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

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