Why not show yourself some love this Valentines Day with these delicious, healthy Red Velvet Bliss Balls?
Free from refined sugars, they're also gluten free, vegan and raw. The incredible colour comes from beetroot, but don't worry, you can't taste it at all, so it's a fantastic way to sneak in more veg to your diet whilst feeling like you're eating a yummy cake! Plus you'll get your chocolate craving fix with a dose of raw cacao, all the bliss of chocolate without the sugars or unhealthy fats that wreak havoc with our hormones
They're packed full of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein and vital energy and make a perfect pre/post workout snack, after dinner dessert or just about anytime because they're so delicious and they're good for you too!
If, like me, you're a woman navigating the hormonal roller coaster of perimenopause and/or menopause, then it's important to try and keep your blood sugars stable. Some easy ways to do this as to ensure you're getting adequate protein and healthy fats at every meal, that you don't skip meals, and that you're not overloading on carbs to self-soothe (hello sugar and choccy cravings anyone?) So these little bites of heaven are perfect to keep your hormones in check, and your blood sugar stable whilst you satisfy the cravings your body is asking for.
Check out some quick nutritional facts about the main ingredients below (so you'll feel extra virtuous as you eat them, and get to know a little more about the amazing power of plants in our diet)
Improves blood pressure and mental function, reduces inflammation, boosts stamina
Excellent source of folate
Good Source fibre, , manganese, potassium, vitamin C and very low in calories
Delicious pure raw chocolate powder that is low in fat and rich in antioxidants, minerals and amino acids. It’s regarded as one of the most complete foods on earth as it contains an abundance of natural compounds that have been shown to create wellbeing and bliss, and is has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Aids digestion, reduces inflammation, improves circulation and blood and cardiovascular health
Cashews have a lower fat content than most others nuts but the fat they do contain is high in oleic acid which helps promote good cardiovascular health. They’re a great source of plant-based protein as well as a great source of minerals. They also contain essential B vitamins which the body requires from external sources to replenish and metabolise proteins, fats and carbohydrates at a cellular level
Promote heart health, increased energy, boost brain function, support bone and blood health
Excellent Source Magnesium (fantastic for better sleep health during menopause)
Good Source Iron, Phosphorus, Protein, Vitamin K, Zinc
Support cardiovascular health and circulation, aid digestion and are a great source of fibre
Dates are a great source of simple sugars for instant energy replenishment. Their high fibre content helps gut health as well as preventing LDL cholesterol absorption into the gut
They’re also a great source of iron and potassium (important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure
Feeling good now about all the amazing benefits these little bliss balls will gift your body?
They're really quick and easy to make, but you do need a food processor. They'll keep for days in the fridge (mine never last that long ;) and you could also freeze them
Let me know if you try them out, I'd love to hear what you think, drop me a message in the comments
(makes about 20 truffle size balls)
1 small organic raw beetroot, peeled and quartered (raw)
12 medjool dates (pits removed)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
pinch of himalayan pink salt / sea salt
extra coconut for rolling in
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse at high speed until the mixture is smooth, well mixed and sticking together.
Roll the mixture into bite size balls, then roll in coconut.
Pop in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to set. Keep stored in the fridge