Bliss Balls for Everyone!

Bliss Balls for Everyone!

Did you know why those sweet little treats are called Bliss Balls? It’s not only because they are delicious, but cacao powder is the only food that is has Anandamide, which is known as the “bliss chemical” it’s usually released with exercise or when we are feeling great… so no wonder everyone literally loves chocolate!

Other Health Benefits of Cacao Powder — Info provided by Lifefoods where I resource all my superfood treats!

  • One of the richest sources of antioxidants known to man, even more than Goji Berries.
  • Gives people a blissful feeling. This is due to its high levels of Serotonin (the happy hormone) which also aid us in strengthening our stress defence shield.
  • Improved digestion as it contains a type of fibre which helps cleanse the intestines and regulate bowel movements.
  • High in  magnesium and iron and may help to relieve increase energy and reduce premenstrual syndrome.

Here is my go to recipe for the tasty treat and feel free to have fun with it!  Explore, experiment and enjoy.

2 cups walnuts

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 brazil nuts

Some dates, depending on how sweet I want to make them…sometimes I’ll substitute with raisins or figs and nowadays with little sugar in my diet I add the good old rice syrup.

1/2 cup coconut chips

Dash sea salt

Pinch of water

2/3 cup (or more to make it dark) cacao powder from Lifefoods

And if you want a touch more bang for your buck add Maca powder or Gogi berries : )

The core of this recipe comes from Dr Libby’s book Real Food Chef, which I can’t rave enough about.  Try the beetroot chocolate cake!!!  She calls them brain balls, due to the healthy source of monounsaturated fats and the omega 3 fatty acids from the walnuts. Yum.  I added the Brazil nuts for the selenium which help prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis, and cancers. These tasty treats are also great for heart health and lowering bad cholesterol. These treats are also high in Vitamin E and zinc, great for skin and immunity.