Everyone loves a good bliss ball, right? These delicious coconut chai bliss balls are as healthy as they are tasty (with no dates in sight). Slightly sweet and coconutty, with lovely chai spices throughout.
They are super easy to make, and you can choose whether to use almond meal (no blending!) or cashews, which are lower in natural food chemicals, amines, if you’re sensitive.
The spices help your liver to detox more efficiently, so this delicious bite can even be your ‘food as medicine’. You can even add maca powder, to help your body adjust it’s stress response and keep you calmer!
The coconut and nuts are high in protein to keep you fuller for longer between meals. Have one or two if feel sleepy or hungry in the afternoon (instead of reaching for a high-sugar chocolate bar). They’ll give you long lasting energy without spiking your blood sugar – keeping you healthier and happier in the long run! Try them with my turmeric chai spiced tea for a fulfilling and warming snack.
1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 1/2 cup almond meal or blitzed up cashews* (for lower salicylates/amines)
*replace 2 tsp nuts with 2 tsp maca powder
1/2 cup cacao butter (keeps them firm out of fridge) or coconut oil (softer)
1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey (or less if you prefer)
1 1/2 tbsp spice paste (from my turmeric chai tea) (OR 3 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves (or replace cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves with 2 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice)
Blend cashews if using. Place all ingredients in bowl and combine well. Measure tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls. Place in fridge to set. Makes about 27.
Sugar free nut crumble version!
Replace the maple/honey with 1 1/2 tsp green powdered stevia* and add an extra 1/2 cup coconut oil. The mix won’t hold into balls, but place in fridge till hard, then scrape apart with a fork. Sprinkle this delicious mix over natural yoghurt, or stewed fruit, or healthy breakfast muesli, for a high protein, tasty topping that is also sugar free.
* buy green stevia at Mr Vitamins or online at iHerb.com or shopnaturally.com.au – it’s a much healthier alternative to sugar, that doesn’t spike your insulin levels.