My insatiable sweet tooth has always been my demise when it comes to healthy eating! In an effort to keep my sugary cravings under wraps, I’ve been throwing together these delicious, super nutritious little bliss balls!
These no-bake, healthy treats are super easy to whip up even for the most baking challenged. It’s a recipe I concocted after researching a few different ones online and taking my favourite bits from each. This recipe can be easily adapted to suit your preferences. Play around with different dried fruits, seeds, grains and protein powder, swap the honey for molasses to see what you can come up with!
So what you’ll need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut (not dessicated)
- 12 dates,
- chopped finely
- 3 tsp organic honey
- 4 tsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tbsp acai berry powder
Add rolled oats and shredded coconut to a blender. Adjust the setting and pulse a few times. The blend should be grainy but not a powder (like in the photo above).
Pour the blend into a large bowl and add the chopped dates, honey, almond butter, unsweetened cocoa and acai berry powder. You may need to adjust the measurements slightly to get the right consistency. If the mix is dry and falling apart when you try to roll up a ball, add a little more almond butter or honey. If it’s too wet, add more coconut or oats.
Now roll up the mixtures into 3cm balls. This recipe should make around 15, give or take how large you make them. Now enjoy straight away or store in an airtight container for whenever you have that sweet craving at school, work, on the go or as an after dinner treat!!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know how you go!
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I’m obsessed with smoothies! Not only do they make a great meal on the go (perfect if you’re constantly on the run like myself!) but they can also be a nutritious pick me up during the day. I’m always skeptical of those ready made ones from cafes/smoothie bars as they tend to contain tones of sugar and little raw ingredients.
For me, tasting good is always the first priority! I’ve become accustomed to this simple base that I use to start off all my smoothies, which also doubles up as a delicious banana honey number on its own. Depending on the size of your blender or sweetness preference, you might need to adjust the measurements to suit.
Smoothie Base (serves 1)
1/2 medium banana
1 tsp organic honey
3 ice cubes
300ml unsweetened almond milk (add a little more or less if you prefer a thicker or thinner consistency)
Here are some of my favourite combinations to add to my smoothie base above! But you can also add other fruits, oats, whey protein, acai powder and chia seeds. The possibilities are endless!
My top picks!
Papaya Raspberry Smoothie
1 cup papaya
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
+ smoothie base
Mixed Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
+ smoothie base
For my man!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 heap tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp peanut butter
+ smoothie base
Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Check out my Dad’s giant zucchini in the background!!