These antioxidant-rich vegan chocolate bliss balls are packed with fibre and vitamins

Swap the sugary self-isolation snacks for these bliss balls that are packed with healthy goodness.

It is well known that consuming high amounts of added sugars can negatively impact our mood in an instant, as well as exacerbate anxiety and depression.

This disruption of blood sugar regulation – characterised by a pattern of spikes in blood glucose followed by slumps – is known to have numerous adverse health effects such as metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, which is a pre-Diabetes 2 state. It also has a profound impact on our mood. Therefore, it is important to avoid added refined sugars, instead opting for nutrient dense, low GI options. Enter: these choc tahini bliss balls.

These treats are sweetened with date paste (from 100 per cent whole dates), are a good source of fibre and protein, as well as a range of minerals including magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Flavonoids in cocoa also provide potent antioxidant and neuroprotective qualities with many studies demonstrating a positive effect on mood (one of the reasons we crave chocolate when under emotional stress).

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Choc tahini bliss balls

Makes 15

Ingredients

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup date syrup
  • 3 tbsp hulled tahini

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are well combined.

2. Transfer the mix to the fridge for approx. 10 minutes to allow it to firm (this will make it easier to roll into balls).

3. Once slightly firm, use your hands to arrange into small bliss balls.

4. Dust with cacao powder (optional), serve and enjoy.

This recipe has been supplied by Healthy Luxe.