Bliss balls are no new kid on the block, but I’d love to share with you my version. They’re a cinch to whip up, and you can make them in sizeable batches as they’ll keep for quite some time in the fridge (up to 6 weeks). They’re perfect for a quick snack, or if you feel like a treat but would rather not reach for the dessert or chocolate, these guys can very nicely satisfy the urge. Highly recommended with a brew of green or tulsi tea.
Based on a simple recipe, these bliss balls are meant to be played around with it as much or as little as you like. I like to rotate the nut butter, powdered herbs and spices to make something unique each time. Some people like to add stimulating herbs like ginseng, guarana, matcha or kola nut. I prefer to use adaptogenic, nourishing and balancing herbs. This particular combination of cacao, maca, withania and shatavari are excellent nourishers of the hormone and stress systems. This botanical combination is particularly useful for women experiencing stress, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles or are preparing for a bub. A lovely addition to your shopping list if you’re working on your diet to harmonise your periods.
Bliss Balls Ingredients
- 1 cups nut butter (almond, tahini, cashew, brazil, sunflower or hemp are all good – if you can’t find the butter, process the nuts and add 1/4 cup of hemp seed or flax oil)
- 1/2 cup honey* (local, raw & organic) – may need to more to create the right consistency.
- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and/or turmeric
- 2 tablespoons each of maca, withania and shatavari powder (organic)
- 1/2 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and/or cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional)
- a couple of twists of sea, Celtic or Himalayan salt
*If you are vegan, you can replace honey with maple syrup. You may need to add more powders to get the right consistency.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the nut butter and honey and stir until smooth.
- Add all the powders, spices and salt and mix.
- The consistency should be thick enough to make into balls but not dry enough to feel crumbly. Play around with adding more powders or nut butter to get the consistency you need.
- Roll into balls and roll in extra cacao powder or hemp seeds to cover. I like to store in a Tupperware contain and cover with extra cacao powder (you can use hemp seeds for this too). Keep in the fridge. Makes about 10-12 bliss balls.
- You can even throw a couple of these into a smoothie for a blissy herbal lift!!
- You can buy good quality organic herbal powders through Austral herbs.
- Particularly delicious with a mug of luna coffee!