Bliss balls, nut bites, Frooze balls… what ever you want to call them, these bite sized treats come in all different varieties and are all the rage in the paleo and raw food communities… and there is a reason for that!….These delicious bites are the perfect treat or pre-workout meal. They are all paleo-friendly, as well as gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free. They are a delicious alternative to chocolate christmas truffles and can be modified with different coatings, and different varieties of nuts and berries to give a range of flavours.
These particular treats I designed for a quick energy burst, particularly as a pre-workout snack, so they do have a slightly higher calorific value than some others available but check out this goodness….
In one serving:
|-5g fat (2.4g monounsaturated)|
|-8.1g carbs (2.2g dietary fibre, 6.3g sugars)|
|-13.1% of your daily vitamin C|
Makes approx 32 balls
(I may possibly have eaten a few prior photos being taken…. for quality control purposes of course 😉 )
-150g pitted dates
-25g dried goji berries, soaked in water (approx 45g soaked)
-50g dried strawberries
-1 cup almond meal
-2 tablespoons cocoa
-1 tablespoon maca powder
-1 tablespoon agave syrup (add last, and bit by bit as you may need slightly more or less depending on water content of your nuts, dates etc.)
Dessicated coconut, cacao or cocoa powder, or OmBlog’s Real Deal Paleo Chocolate to coat.
1. Soak goji berries in water until engorged (10-20 mins)
2. Blitz nuts in a food processor till desired consistency. (I prefer small nutty chunks, but if you prefer a smooth consistency then process for longer, or substitute for almond or other nut meal)
3. Add all other ingredients, except agave, and process till well mixed
4. Finally add agave or honey slowly, bit by bit. You may need to add more or less depending on how dry your fruit and nuts are. The mixture won’t be perfectly smooth and consistent, so take a small amount and roll it into a ball to determine if it is suitable, if it is too crumbly to roll into a ball with some pressure, add a little more syrup.
5. Roll into small balls
6. If desired, roll in desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa powder or other coating. If you prefer a thicker coating of coconut or nuts you may need to roll in a small amount of water first and pack the coconut etc. as you coat it.