This is the first recipe I ever created as a nutritionist and it's still one of my favourites. Chocolate quinoa bliss balls are high in protein and good fats and are an excellent snack packed full of goodness and flavour, and are ideal for providing long lasting energy. The best thing is that they freeze well, so I like to make a big batch and freeze some so I always have a tasty treat on hand for unexpected visitors.
This is a great recipe for kids to make!!!
1 cup LSA (or almonds, cashews or macadamias blitzed in the food processor)
1 cup cacao
1 cup of quinoa flakes (or blitzed rolled oats)
2 cups pitted dates
4-8 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups desiccated coconut for coating
Place LSA and dates in food processor until well combined (the smaller the date segments, the better)
Melt coconut oil at a low temperature on stove top.
Add half of coconut oil to the food processor, along with remaining dry ingredients. Add the remaining coconut oil if necessary - mixture should be sticky enough to hold together but not too oily.
Take a large teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball - roll until balls hold together and press them together gently. Balls should hold together but be careful not to compact them too tightly or they will become dense.
Roll balls in coconut and place into an airtight container.
To make this paleo, simply leave out the quinoa or replace it with coconut flakes.
Peace, love and wellness,