How To Be Happy And Healthy On The Go—Make Your Own Bliss Balls
Energy bites are my go-to emergency fuel in between meetings and when I travel. They keep me from reaching out for a chocolate chip cookie when my energy plummets because I’m tired, stressed, hormonal, or everything all at once. You can make your own energy bites or Bliss Balls by simply combining dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, plus a bit of superfood powder for added nutrients.
To build your own Bliss Ball, you just need to blend two major ingredients—raw nuts and dried sweet fruits—in a powerful blender (like the Breville Kinetix Pro) or in a food processor. If you only have a regular blender, chop and purée all the ingredients separately before pulsing them together, one cup at a time.
1. Activate 3/4 cup raw nuts (cashews or pili) by sprouting overnight in warm water, then drain. This makes the nuts better for digestion, as it breaks down phytic acid which is an allergen. It also helps the nuts blend easier.
2. Blend 1 cup dried sweet fruits (like dates, raisins, prunes, figs) with the raw nuts. Or instead of dried sweet fruits, you can use date paste or puréed raisins. To make, just soak dates or raisins in warm water for 4 hours, then blend.
3. Feel free to play around by adding 1/4 cup of any of the following flavors:
- Dried fruits (cranberry, blueberry, or mango)
- Cacao nibs
- Nut butter
5. To help bind the balls, you can also mix in 1 tablespoon of:
- Chia seeds or ground flax for added Omega 3-6
- Psyllium husk for added fiber
6. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil.
7. To make the balls even healthier, add 1 tablespoon of superfoods like:
- Pea protein powder
- Moringga powder
8. When all the ingredients are blended well, remove the dough from the blender and with your hands, form into bite-sized balls.
9. To coat the balls, get fancy by rolling the balls in freeze-dried fruit powder from 7 Grains Organics (which comes in dragon fruit, banana and blueberry, matcha, cacao, or desiccated coconut).
For this recipe, we sourced all the natural, homegrown ingredients from Real Food, which carries all the essential dried fruits, nuts, and seeds such as dates, Palawan cashews, pili nuts, plus unsweetened dehydrated fruits like mango, papaya, banana, jackfruit, and blueberries. They also have freeze-dried fruits like dragon fruit and superfoods like moringga, spirulina, pea protein, maca, and cacao nibs.
Real Food has branches at the Icon Showroom, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City and at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Alabang or visit realfood.ph
The author is a certified Lifestyle Nutrition Coach who specializes in weight-loss and detox food. She is also an accredited Macrobiotic and Raw Chef. Follow her on Instagram at @weizelgulfan for wellness tips and recipes.
Photos by Paulo Valenzuela
Styling by Cecille Esperanza