When you’re time poor, it’s so important to have healthy snacks handy that will stop you reaching for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar. These bliss balls are probably my favourite of all time – and I love that you can store them in the fridge to grab when you have an energy slump.
For breastfeeding Mums, you might find the almonds boost your breastmilk supply. Almonds are thought to be a galactagogue (a food that can help increase supply), but the research is still inconclusive and individual results vary.
120 g almonds, dry roasted (see Tips)
100 g peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
70 g raw honey (see Tips)
30 g raw cacao powder
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1. Place almonds into a food processor or high-powered blender and process to a ground meal consistency (Thermomix: 10 sec/speed 8). Scrape down sides with a spatula.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and process until mixture comes together (Thermomix: 45 sec/speed 1–7, increasing speed gradually from speed 1 to speed 7).
3. Using your hands, roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls (approx. 20 in total). Transfer into a sealable container and place into refrigerator until firm (approx. 1 hour), then serve as desired.
You can use activated or raw almonds instead of roasted in these bliss balls, but the roasted almonds give the flavour a more toasty, delicious edge that the other nuts don’t quite achieve.
To control the amount of salt and sugar in your peanut butter, try making your own in your Thermomix or buy a pure peanut butter made from 100 per cent nuts.
Honey is not suitable for children under 1 year of age. Also, be aware that bliss balls can be a choking hazard so if preparing these for younger children cut them up as needed.
You can store these bliss balls in a sealable container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.