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Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Balls

 

NUT, DAIRY, GLUTEN AND SOY FREE.

These delicious little bliss balls are not only delightful to eat as a treat but have a nutritional hit in them too!

We all know that we need to eat less sugar and as far as your body is concerned all sugars are treated the same way, once its inside you-with the release of insulin, the hormone in charge of collecting sugar from the blood and depositing it to your muscles and fat stores. This is a wholly necessary process for pretty much every function of the body.

BUT 

When comparing the white highly refined sugars to say a piece of fruit or maple syrup, well these latter sugars have a different nutritional profile and they all have a different GI (which means the rate in which the sugar is released and absorbed into our bloodstream)

Let’s take whole fruit for example. There is fibre, which is great for sweeping our bowels and water found in whole fruit which increase satiety, as well as vitamins and minerals, all differing from fruit to fruit.

This little recipe has lovely dates in them which are a natural sugar and  they’re easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.

Dietary fibre in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption by binding with substances containing cancer-causing chemicals. The iron content, a component of haemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B-vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration.

Want more? They contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolize your bones.

Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also present in dates and provide their own unique preventive and healing functions.

Together, these cofactors help your body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Eating dates in moderation can contribute to many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals.

These lovely chocolatey bliss balls are also very simple and quick to make, like so many of my recipes.

give them a go!

Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Ball
Print Recipe
Very Simple, Quick, Delish, Nutrish!
Servings Prep Time
18 balls 5 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Servings Prep Time
18 balls 5 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Ball
Print Recipe
Very Simple, Quick, Delish, Nutrish!
Servings Prep Time
18 balls 5 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Servings Prep Time
18 balls 5 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour chilling
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates Soaked for 15 minutes in hot water before using
  • 1/3 cup Raw Cacao
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Tbs Chai Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Peppemint Oil * This is opional. You can omit this if you don't like peppermint.
Servings: balls
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor, except dates and mix.
  2. Once dates have been soaked, drain and place in food processor with other ingredients and mix.
  3. Let mixture sit for 10mins then using 1 tsp of mixture, roll into balls and roll in some extra shredded coconut. Makes approx.; 18 bliss balls depending on the size you roll
  4. Place in the fridge for approximately 1 hour to set firm....if you can wait that long!
Recipe Notes

I store mine in the freezer but can be left in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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