Bliss Balls, Energy Balls, the NEW trend in health and wellness that has taken me a while to love.
I made a few (around 5 different recipes: the ones you Google: “the best energy balls”) made some with protein powder, some with oats, some with a lot of dates and honestly didn’t love them. Until a friend asked me to do some for a community event at Athleta Austin (a friends and family sale which was pretty awesome, except that I ended up shopping also!). So since I had to do a demo at Athleta and my experience at making energy balls was pretty limited (I have made many more energy and granola bars), I had to make many batches until I came up with this killer Bliss Ball recipe.
Then I got my new Vitamix Ascent A3500 (I was invited by Vitamix Mexico to launch the new Ascent model and I was thrilled because I love Vitamix so much and I really wanted this new model, and most of all I love foodie gadgets and appliances more than anything.. thanks Vitamix for sponsoring me with this blender! #Vitamix #foodforlife
- 2 cups raw organic cashews (you could sub for almonds, but I prefer cashews
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt or Maldon Salt to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1½ teaspoons matcha (culinary grade) or sub for cinnamon or maca to taste
- 4 dates (I used The Date Lady), pitted
- ¼ cup cashew or almond butter, organic preferably
- Xylitol or pure Monk fruit extract to taste (I used about 1 tablespoon Xylitol, this depends on your taste preferences, I like mine not too sweet
- 2 tablespoons MCT or high octane brain oil (I love and use Bulletproof)
- 3 tablespoons collagen protein (I love Bulletproof or Vital proteins)
- ¼ cup chopped and melted raw cacao butter (I only use Bulletproof: please note: most raw cacao butters do NOT taste good and have a very strong flavor ..
- Decorate with:
- Organic coconut flakes (grind them lightly in a food processor so that they are finer)
- Cacao nibs
- Freeze dried raspberries chopped or crushed or flakes
- Blend cashews in your Vitamix or food processor until finely ground (it will look like almond flour) make sure they are finely ground.
- Add dates and blend, add the rest of the ingredients and blend to incorporate: don't over blend or they will be very greasy and the taste and texture will be off. Remove the mixture from the blender (I use a blender spatula) and shape into balls (you can fill with a golden berry!) and decorate with the desired ingredients: coconut, cacao nibs or freeze dried raspberries. (They will seem a bit moist but they will set because when cacao butter sets it firms up).
- Bliss Balls keep stored in a glass container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Or freeze for longer shelf life in a Ziplock bag.