Hmm.. Tastes like real deal except without all the sugar! I first made them with the intentions of making healthy protein bliss balls to keep me sane and euphorically happy during my exam period (It was also during all the hype about these special bliss balls, so I couldn’t help myself from trying to reinvent my own one). Great way to de-stress or procrastinate, whatever rocks your boat, I like to think of it as de-stress!
Anyway, I read the ingredient list of many different protein balls and they just contained too many unnecessary things that could simply be replaced with better, more nutritious foods. And, they did not taste good. Not at all. At least not to me! So, I decided to pull out ingredients to work some magic. Later, I realised I didn’t have any protein powder left but I was still very determined to make my own bliss balls 🙂
If you’re like one of my really good friends who wanted to throw out her raw cacao powder because she didn’t know what to do with it, don’t throw it! Totally sinful!
Raw cacao powder (yes, it’s different from cocoa powder) is superbly abundant in antioxidants, a natural antidepressant and so freaking healthy. Some of the benefits of raw cacao powder are:
- Contain natural chemicals called flavonoids – a type of antioxidant compound – it is especially high because cacao in its raw state is unheated so the nutrients are “alive”
- Help remove free radicals
- Decrease inflammation
- Prevent plaque formation, improving circulation and lowering your risk of heart disease
- Highest whole food source of magnesium
A perfect bite-sized chocolate treat for dessert
- 1 cup roasted almonds/hazelnuts
- 1 cup roasted cashews
- 3-5 tbsps coconut oil/cacao butter
- 1 heaped tsp matcha powder
- 2-2.5 tbsps raw cacao powder
- 3 tbsps pure maple syrup/rice malt syrup/raw honey (to taste)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- Coconut flour or flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
Ingredients (optional coating)
- Handful raw cacao nibs
- 100g 70% dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Himalayan pink salt
Method for base
- Blend nuts, raw cacao powder, matcha powder, desiccated coconut, pure maple syrup together until smooth (You could leave a handful of nuts chopped up for a bit of crunch).
- Gradually add more oil to make the mixture smoother .
- Add flaxseed meal or coconut flour to thicken the mixture (I use coconut flour most of the time).
- Mix in the 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs.
- Transfer the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preferably more so that it will be cold enough to roll into balls later.
- Roll the mixture into balls, approximately the size of half a golf ball. Allow the balls to rest on a tray in the fridge.
*** If you would like to omit the chocolate coating, finish the bliss balls off by rolling the balls in desiccated coconut and a bit of himalayan pink salt ***
Method for chocolate coating
- Using the water bath method, melt the chocolate and cream. Allow it to cool slightly.
- Using your hands or spoon, coat the balls in the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle raw cacao nibs and himalayan pink salt on the top. Refrigerate the chocolate coated balls again.
Tip 1: Use this as a base and add chopped dried mangos, dried apricots, seeds, mint, vanilla essence, protein powder, acai powder, spirulina, finely grated carrots (for carrot cake)…
Tip 2: Add more cream if the mixture is too thick. You want to aim for a slightly runny consistency so that it will coat the bliss balls later.
Wow, writing this at 2am is not a good idea, what am I gonna do with my cravings?! Sleep time…