March 09, 2015

Acai, Coconut & Cashew Bliss Balls

Energy balls in a small white bowl

I feel a bit bad that I was complaining in my last blog post about the weather and winter dragging along, as we’ve had the most gorgeous sunshine at the weekend and suddenly spring has arrived! Camellias, daffodils, mimosas, violets and daisies are all in full bloom and it is the best feeling that the one of nature waking up, the warmth of the sun on the skin... All of a sudden life seems to have brightened up! We enjoyed beach walks at the weekend, and I never fail to take snacks with us for when we feel we need an energy reboot. Typically, energy balls are one of our favourites, I make batches of them nearly every week as they are so convenient to have at the ready for me to take as a post-yoga snack or for when we decide to go on impromptu wanders. I vary the recipes a bit, using different types of nuts/seeds/toppings. The one featured here today gives you a base that you can work with, and adapt it with your preferred ingredients. Bliss balls are also a perfect opportunity to include superfoods, which will therefore super charge them in goodness and energy-boosting ingredients (see previous post on Solstice Superfood Truffles for more ideas). I have chosen to include acai powder in these. Acai is a small berry native from South America, particularly rich in antioxidants and fibre. It can be used to prepare delicious acai bowls or be included in smoothies for instance. In the bliss balls, acai’s deep purple colour makes them look a bit psychedelic, and your friends might wonder what on earth you are eating...but let them try one, and they’ll become energy balls converts!

Happy Monday xx

Energy balls in small wooden dishes

Acai, Coconut & Cashew Bliss Balls – makes about 15
•125g Medjool dates, pitted
•65g cashew nuts, soaked for a few hours
•65g desiccated coconut + extra
•1tbsp chia seeds
•2tbsp acai powder + extra

1.Place the dates, drained cashews, 65g coconut, chia seeds and 2tbsp acai powder in a food processor and process until the mixture comes into a sticky ball.
2.Take a small amount of the mixture (about 1tsp) and roll it between your hands to form a ball. Then roll the ball into desiccated coconut or acai powder and set aside in a bowl. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
3.Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Enjoy!

Boules d’Energie Acai, Noix de Coco et Noix de Cajou – pour environ 15 boules
•125g de dates Medjool, dénoyautées
•65g de noix de cajou, trempées pendant quelques heures
•65g de noix de coco râpée + extra
•1cs de graines de chia
•2cs de poudre d’acai + extra

1.Mettre les dates, les noix de cajou égouttées, les 65g de noix de coco, les graines de chia et les 2cs d’acai en poudre dans le bol d’un robot et mixer jusqu'à l’obtention d’une boule collante.
2.Prendre un petit peu du mélange (environ 1cc) et le rouler entre les mains pour former une petite boule. Rouler ensuite la boule dans de la noix de coco râpée ou de la poudre d’acai. Mettre dans un bol ou assiette. Répéter jusqu'à épuisement de la pâte.
3.Mettre les boules au réfrigérateur pendant quelques heures pour qu’elles durcissent. Dégustez !

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