Updated: Jan 28
These will blow your mind, trick your tastebuds and satiate your hunger.... all while nourishing your cells.
Ok! So here it is, my favourite snack of all time (huge call really as I'm known for changing my mind!)
I think this one ticks a lot of boxes for me in the realm of all things snacks though - even considering that I don't snack that often anymore (as it douses your digestive fire with a steaming heap of sludge basically and makes your whole digestive process sluggish).
So I eat these guys with my lunch or with dinner usually, but please enjoy them as you would.
The inclusion of Ghee (or clarified unsalted organic butter) as the oil content of these bliss balls, binds these beauties together and brings an Ayurvedic element to the plate. Ghee is simply incredible as it has many healing properties.
According to Atreya (2001) in his book Perfect Balance, ghee rejuvenates, increases and protects bone marrow and nerve tissues, increases immunity, liver function and enhances enzyme function The best part is that it will increase the nutritional value of any food it is prepared in.
The taste that ghee creates in these bliss balls is enchanting! It really brings out the 'naughtiness' hit we often crave and the healthy fats also satiate our hunger (so you won't be able to eat too many of them!). The added bonus is that ghee doesn't contain the proteins that regular butter has and people (like me) who can't tolerate dairy, can in-fact consume ghee with no issues.
Ok! Let's get to it...
(appropriated from Jo Whitton's website Quirky Cooking)
Makes approximately 20 balls
300g Almond Flour (also known as meal)
7 Medjool dates (pitted - or you'll destroy the blender!)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 celtic sea salt (or pink Himalayan) *adjust to your taste
2tsp Vanilla essence (can scrape a vanilla pod instead)
4 1/2 Tbsp Ghee (softened to room temp)
Dairy free choc chips - available at expensive health food stores, and Coles.
Note: I buy vegan choc chips occasionally as dairy and I are not on good speaking terms.
Throw it all into a high speed blender (I use my Thermomix) but it's not necessary.
Blend till there's a crumbly consistency.
Hand mix in the choc chips
I roll into balls or..... do what I often do and press it into a tray and slice into squares!
Note: They store really well in the fridge for up to 5 days (if they last that long)
Atreya (2001) Perfect Balance, New York: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Quirky Cooking credit: https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2015/09/raw-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-balls/