Have you hopped on board the bliss balls bandwagon yet?  These power-packed little snacks keep you full for ages. They’re packed with healthy fats and protein. And they’re the perfect size for school lunchboxes, or an on-the-go pick me up when out and about. Amazeballs Bliss Balls, the healthy treat.

One of the best things about making bliss balls are that they’re so super-fast to put together and require no baking!

The reason I like to call these amazeballs is because they really are good for you and your kids. It’s so hard to find kid’s snacks that are healthy and nutritious at the same time. These snacks are literally just fruit and nut, with some good coconut oil to combine them.

The funny thing is, if we try to give our kids actual fruit and nuts, they often won’t eat them. But bliss balls disappear just as fast as you can make them!

I’ve included more on the health benefits below.

One thing to note is that this sort of protein-rich ‘baking’ can get repetitive and you can get bored of the texture/flavour. The remedy is to mix them up with different nuts, seeds, fruits or freeze dried powders. This gives them a different flavour, so you won’t get bored with them.

I also like to make double, or even triple batches at once. They keep well in the fridge, but you can also freeze them in airtight, ziplock bags for up to a month. Just pop the bag in the fridge to thaw.

Seriously, tuck this recipe away for when you need something fast to make and take on your next outing, you won’t regret it!

Health benefits of amazeballs

Bliss balls are a great way to get extra vitamins and minerals into your diet (and the kids!).

Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.  They’re a great source of protein and healthy fats.

Amazeballs bliss balls - almonds

Chia seeds contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats.

LSA is an excellent source of protein, fibre, omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc.

Amazeballs bliss balls - LSA

Sesame seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralisation, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.

The health benefits of coconut oil may include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism.

Amazeballs bliss balls - coconut

Amazeballs Bliss Balls

Amazeballs Bliss Balls

I like to call these amazeballs because they are really good for you. This sort of protein-rich 'baking' can get repetitive and you can get bored of the texture/flavour - just mix them up with different nuts, seeds, fruits or freeze dried powders to give a different flavour.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds (or cashew nuts, or walnuts, or a mix of each)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 heaped Tbsp LSA or LSC powder Linseed, sunflower seed and almond powder - or linseed, sunflower seed and chia seed powder
  • 1 cup dried fruit. I use 1/3 cup raisins, 1/3 cup apricots, 1/3 cup prunes (also try dates, mango, cranberries, figs, kiwifruit, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
  • 1 Tbsp liquid honey (optional)
  • 1 heaped tsp freeze dried strawberry powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. (Optional step). Dry roast the almonds in a 180c degree oven for 4-5 minutes - keep a close eye on them! Add the sesame seeds to the roasting pan for the last two minutes if you are roasting the almonds.

  2. Put roasted almonds, sesame seeds, LSA/LSC and dried fruit in your food processor and pulse until crumbly (this will take a minute or two).

  3. In a small saucepan, or the microwave, melt coconut oil/butter. Add honey (if using). Pour this into the food processor. Pulse until well combined.

  4. Take teaspoons of the mixture and shape into balls. 

  5. You can leave the balls plain as they are. Or roll in delicious strawberry powder, more toasted sesame seeds, shaved coconut, cocoa powder, even hundreds & thousands or chocolate sprinkles! Or once chilled, melt a little dark chocolate and drizzle over the top. Have fun and get the kids involved!

Recipe Notes

Chill in a container for 30 minutes before eating. Keep refrigerated and stored in an airtight container. Blissballs will last refrigerated for up to a week, or until eaten, whichever comes first!

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Sally is the Community Manager here at Kiwi Families. She fills her time with her handsome, busy boys and her handsome, busy husband; trying out new recipes and researching and writing about family life in Aotearoa.

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Margaret

Chia seeds are also high in protein.Great for thickening things. I use dates and walnuts in my balls. Yum yum, a favourite.

Rochelle Gribble

Yum! That sounds delicious!

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