I am forever looking out for healthy and delicious treats, especially the sweet treats. Because let’s be honest, it’s still easy to fit savory items on our healthy menu unlike the sweet delight. I made Chocolate Lucuma barks for Christmas and was overjoyed when friends loved it. It was a box full which got polished off in a week, with few distributed amongst friends and the rest was enjoyed by me and husband post dinner every day.
It’s an absolute joy for me to cook and host. My mum is still taking time to acknowledge this side of me as I was never this fond of being in the kitchen. My husband tells me that he always saw this in me. I am always overjoyed and have an overflowing excitement when we have friends or family coming over. I guess the Punjabi genes are finally beginning to show, in my cooking and love for hosting lunches and dinners.
Ok! So let’s talk about these cocoa filled bliss balls and Friday things. I have got this massive cocoa kick these days after learning about its super-food characteristics and age reversing benefits. I have been snacking on everything cocoa these days and also reading out its benefits whenever husband is around. Do you also do that? Read out benefits like a broken record until husband gives in to try out the particular thing. Oh! I do it all the time and here I go again.
Cocoa powder is made by crushing cocoa beans and removing fat or cocoa butter. It is most famously used for production of chocolates. However modern research has confirmed that it contains more important compounds that are beneficial for our health. It contains flavonoids, which help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Cocoa is abundantly rich in antioxidants which keep skin youthful for longer. It plumps up skin cells and fights wrinkles.
Cocoa in itself is bitter but when combined with dates and nuts, it becomes a guilt free super-food. I have used cocoa in these bliss balls. Bliss balls, protein balls, bites whatever you may call them are a good dose of healthy proteins and fats. The beauty is that one can choose their own choice of ingredients and make these bliss balls. Most of the recipes you’ll find on Pinterest have protein powder/whey powder as a base. You can mix and match more than one recipe. I absolutely relish these as my pre-workout/post-workout snack. They also make the perfect sweet treat after dinner, or for afternoon tea.
Let’s make these Sugar Free Gluten Free Bliss Balls
Ingredients you would need to make around 500 Gms of Bliss Balls
- 100 Gms Almonds
- 100 Gms Walnuts
- 50-60 Gms Cashew nuts
- 100 Gms Ragi flour (you can use any millet flour of your liking)
- 20-30 Gms Cocoa
- 150 Gms Dates
- 2-4 tbsp. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 5-6 tbsp. Coconut Oil (alternatively you can also use Ghee)
Pulse almonds, walnuts, cashew and deseeded dates in a food processor. Pulse till you have a fine dough. If dates are not completely minced, don’t bother.
Take out the ingredients from the food processor in a large bowl and add in the ragi flour, cocoa and coconut oil. Mix everything together.
Roll this dough into small balls and then roll the balls in shredded coconut or cocoa or hemp seeds or anything to your heart’s liking. Store in fridge.
While it is tough to keep at one, I suggest having no more than one per day as dry fruits are calorie dense. Dry fruits must be included in the daily diet in the appropriate quantity. My daily diet includes handful of mixed dry fruits or this bliss ball, with my breakfast. It gives me instant energy and fulfills the omega 3 requirement of my body.
Well, this year I have set major fitness goals for myself and I am constantly doing things (like making these bliss balls…!) that help me go one step further in meeting those goals. I truly believe that for overall wellness of body and mind, diet plays an extremely crucial role and for the same I am doing a series on transforming my kitchen into Wellness Kitchen. Follow this series here.