Nowadays you can find "bliss balls" at every health store and café. It's a small and healthy snack made with so-called superfoods. I know that there has been some controversy around the word "superfood" because it's been used as a very successful marketing trick. But simply said superfoods are really just foods which have a higher content of certain nutrients. Broccoli and blueberries are good examples of superfoods, but things like chia seeds and goji berries have been heavily promoted for their health benefits. In the end, it's all about the balance. There's not one type of food which will make you healthy, it's about the balance of everything you consume! These oat cacao inspired by Swedish chokladbollar are a great little snack full of nutrients which will give you an energy kick. They're super chewy, chocolate-y and simply delicious! Perfect to have in between meals or before/after a workout.
What you'll need (approx. 12 bliss balls)
1 cup rolled oats
4 tbsp espresso
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 big tbsp mixed nut butter
2 tbsp pure cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut flakes in a small shallow bowl
You can leave out some of the ingredients if you don't have them or use a similar ingredient. For example, you can swap the chia seeds for flax seeds, the maca powder for hemp protein, the cacao nibs for crushed walnuts etc. Just make sure you keep the 'base': oats (swap for spelt or buckwheat), coconut oil, maple syrup (swap for agave or spelt syrup), cacao powder and nut butter (swap for peanut or almond butter). If you change up the ingredients, you get a different flavour every time, so just experiment with it and find your favourite combo!
How to make it
Combine all the ingredients (except for the coconut flakes) in a bowl and knead well with your hands. The 'dough' should be sticky. Check if you can roll a ball with it and if not, add a little bit of water or more oats depending on how dry/wet it is. Make a ball by taking a small piece of dough and pressing it together with your hands. Once it sticks together you can shape it into a bite-sized ball. Roll the ball into the coconut flakes and then place on a plate or in a container. Repeat until you've used all the dough.
Store the bliss balls in the fridge and eat them cold, that's how I like them best. You can also make a bigger batch and store them in the freezer so you always have a healthy snack. I stored them in the fridge on this plate and they barely lasted one day.. I guess my family approves of this recipe ;)
I like having this snack with a strong coffee with foamed up Oatly (also Swedish, I detect a pattern here!) It's also a good idea to bring these to work to share with your colleagues, they're going to love you for this! The combination of cacao, espresso, cacao nibs and the healthy fats from the coconut oil and nut butter make a real energy booster, while the oats, chia seeds and coconut flakes provide fibre.
A classic Swedish snack with a healthy twist, and you can barely taste that these bliss balls are loaded with nutritious ingredients. And the best thing is that they're super easy to make, even for the biggest kitchen noob. Try it and don't forget to tag me on Instagram @athenadb!