The benefits of making your own bliss balls instead of buying packet varieties mean you are in control of the sugar and salt content. This little treat is full of the good fats, omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. They are suitable for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegans. With a touch of ginger spice they have ability to sooth digestion, reduce nausea and offer anti-inflammatory properties.

New research suggests regular consumption of ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties where a study with type 2 diabetes participants took 2 grams of ginger powder per day over 12 weeks and found it had lowered fasting blood sugar by 12% and improved HBA1c ( a marker for long-term blood sugar levels). (1)

Flaxseed may also help lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Ground flaxseed can also be used as a home remedy to improve digestive health and relieve constipation.

Two of these tasty morsels are a great substitute for the old fashioned ginger crunch, without the refined sugar or flours, and match perfectly with a cup of lemon infused green tea.

Recipe: Makes 26

Ingredients
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup of almonds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup ground flaxseeds
½ cup of dried apricots
¼ cup of boiling hot water
1-2 teaspoons of ginger powder (more or less to your liking)
Pinch of salt

Method 

  1. Soak dried apricots in hot water for approximately 15 mins to soften.
  2. Meanwhile place all other dry bliss ball ingredients in the bowl of the food processor and blend until the mixture is a fine crumb.
  3. Add soaked apricots with the water to the bowl and process until the mixture is well combined and sticky.
  4. Gather heaped teaspoon of mixture and with lightly wet hands roll mixture in the palm of your hands or squeeze and mould into a ball.
  5. Place finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper, cover and chill in the fridge for 20 mins to set. Eat straight away or store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

Note: Ground the flaxseeds first, they may not break up so easily in the food processor with other ingredients. Whole flaxseeds are not able to be digested as well.

 

 

 

References:

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277626/