imagesBliss balls are a sweet and nutritious lunchbox staple.  As at most school there is a strict no-nut policy so we swap almonds and cashews for sunflower and chia seeds. This recipe is so easy, all you need to do is whiz up the ingredients in a food processor, pour the mixture into a bowl and let the kids roll away. No flour or raw egg on the floor, just a quick wipe of the table, hands (and faces!) and we have enough treats to last the week!

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs dark cocoa Powder or Cacao Power
Dash of vanilla
Desiccated coconut

Directions

ball1-660x371Put all in a food processor or use a high speed blender (except half the desiccated coconut and coconut oil). Blend to a sticky mixture and transfer to a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and mix in well.

Put the left over desiccated coconut on a plate. Roll the mixture into small to medium sized balls and cover in coconut.  If you don't want to roll in coconut you can roll in cocoa

Put in the fridge or freezer depending how you like them and will last weeks.... IF you don't eat them before.

This is a great superfood snack for all the family!!

Nutritional Value

Dates: - 

  • low in fat & protein
  • high source of energy
  • consumption of 100g provides 15% of your daily recommended minerals including - vitamins B - complex, vitamins C as well as potassium, magnesium and selenium
  • high in dietary fiber
  • Good source of antioxidants, Carotenoids and phenolics

Cacao Powder 

  • calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, oleic acid which is a heart-healthy essential monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9.
  • High in antioxidants

Chia Seeds

  • High in Calcium, magnesium, manganese & phosphorus
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
  • Also Gluten Free

Coconut

  • excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, ironmanganese, magnesium, and zinc.
  • It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.

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