Advertisements
Kid Approved,  Plant Powered,  Snacks,  Sweet Treats

Tahini bliss balls

I am not a breakfast person, never have been.  I like my coffee in the morning and that’s about it.  Problem is, it often gets to be 1 or 2 PM and I realize the only thing I’ve had is coffee; not a great way to start your day, especially when you’re a breastfeeding mama.

So, we’re making a conscious effort to do a few little things in the mornings to help provide a healthier start to the day in our face.  First thing is to make sure we have at least one big huge glass of water before we have any coffee, sounds easy right?  It should be, but I don’t like water; I know it’s so weird, but I never have.  I am getting much better with drinking water though because when I got pregnant I was very conscious of making sure I was getting enough. Second thing is trying to start the day with a healthy snack if nothing else.  I don’t think I’ll ever be the kind of person to start the day with a full breakfast, but I am changing my habits to include either a smoothie, yogurt, granola and fresh fruit or a couple of these tasty bliss balls.

These balls or great for so many reasons, you can make them a week ahead and keep them in the fridge, you can make two or three batches and freeze them so you always have some on hand.  They have some really good for you ingredients, and also happen to be gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan.  Why doesn’t this matter?  Well when you’re not up for a big heavy meal in the morning, they are awesome because you’re still getting some protein, and other vitamins and minerals your body needs to get a good energetic start to the day without a bunch of bad for you fillers.

IMG_6207

These are two of my favorite recipes, they are similar, yet so different.  They have completely different textures and flavours. First up:

LEMON TAHINI BLISS BALLS ROLLED IN COCONUT

Yield – approx 20-22 balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dates* (if they are super hard, just soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften them up a little)
  • 1 cup raw almonds*
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Optional

  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes to rolls the balls in

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until it’s turned into a thick paste
  2. Remove from the food processor and roll into balls (about 1 heaping tbsp of mix per ball)
  3. If you’d like you can roll balls in coconut flakes
  4. Keep in refrigerator for up to one week or freeze and keep for one month

*Special Note: If you like bigger pieces of almonds the directions above work well. If you prefer the almonds to be ground down, put the almonds in the food processor on their own and pulse for 5-7 seconds or so first.

IMG_6198

IMG_6200

IMG_6208

PUMPKIN TAHINI BLISS BALLS ROLLED IN SESAME SEEDS

Yield – approx 26-28 balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour 
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée* (I use E.D. Smith pure pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice 
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots* (I use organic, no sugar added)
  • 1 cup oats

Optional

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds to rolls the balls in

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until it’s well mixed and looks like a thick cookie dough
  2. Remove from the food processor and roll into balls (about 1 heaping  tbsp of mix per ball)
  3. If you’d like you can roll balls in sesame seeds
  4. Keep in refrigerator for up to one week or freeze and keep for one month

IMG_6217

IMG_6219

IMG_6216

IMG_6222

IMG_6213

I have a few more bliss ball recipes on the way, but ifs there’s any special flavours you want to see…just comment below or hit me up on Instagram.

I hope these two recipes help you get a quick, easy and relatively healthy start to your day!

 

Till the next recipe,

 

Kristen xo

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

One Comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: