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Cashew Nut Bliss Balls

I love to have a batch of bliss balls on hand to help with those mid-afternoon sweet cravings!  They can be frozen too which is really handy.  I tend not to use dates as these are quite high in sugar, and when you are having something every day the low sugar option is better.  These bliss balls are made with cashew nuts which provide protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied.  Also, cashews contain the amino acid tryptophan which is a precursor for serotonin - so they make you feel good, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew nuts

  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (and extra, for rolling)

  • 1/2 cup almond meal

  • 2 heaped tablespoons natural almond or peanut butter

  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor aside from water. Process, adding the water slowly. You may need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides from time to time. If it is too dry, add more water. If it is too wet, add more almond meal or protein powder. The consistency should be crumbly and hold together without being wet.

  2. Scoop out portions with a teaspoon and roll into 15-20 balls in the extra coconut. Refrigerate for up to one week, or freeze for longer.

Protein Balls

Many recipes use dates which are high in sugar, and while they are fine in moderation, I prefer sugar free snacks when they are being eaten regularly. These protein balls are macronutrient balanced with plenty of protein and healthy fats to help you feel full and provide sustained energy. Cacao and cinnamon help to balance blood sugar and curb sugar cravings, and they are also vegan and gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp almond meal
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder of choice
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Extra almond meal, for rolling


Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together, adding water slowly as required until is it damp and can stick together but is not wet.  If it gets too wet, add more almond meal.
  2. Get a teaspoon and scoop into balls, rolling in the extra almond meal. 
  3. These can be refrigerated for up to one week, or frozen for longer’