I am very excited of finally posting my first article on this blog. To begin with, I’d like to open the ‘Satisfaire ses papilles’ category, which will feature various recipes of my own. As you will probably understand quickly, the majority of the recipes will be « healthy » because that’s how I eat 90% of the time. However, I really want to show that healthy doesn’t mean boring nor tasteless. On the contrary, you will find that you can derive more pleasure from nourishing your body correctly than by feeding it highly processed foods etc.
Let’s dive into today’s recipe. The holiday season is right around the corner (Christmas is only in 39 days), and even if here in Australia, we are transitioning into summer, I still try to put myself in a Christmassy mood. Generally, when I am back home in France, the month of December rhymes with copious family meals, along with countless chocolates (if you know what « papillotes » are, you’ll know the struggle of not eating the whole bag in one sitting). Of course, Christmas time is all about treating yourself, but in my opinion, it is possible to replace some dishes by other that will be as delicious while better for your health.
Ever since I’ve arrived in Brisbane, I have seen « protein balls » (or bliss balls) all around, but have never had the opportunity to taste one. Each time, they remind me of the chocolate truffles me and my family eat on our Christmas eve dinner. One night, I decided that I wanted to try to create my own recipe, which would be a combination of both the chocolate truffles and the protein/bliss balls. Un soir, j’ai donc décidé d’essayer de créer une recette en combinant ces deux images que j’avais en tête. My main aim was to keep the yumminess of the chocolate truffles but without the butter and chocolate normally used to bake them. I opened my cupboard, took all the ingredients that I could reach, mixed them quite randomly, I have to admit, but in the end, the truffles magically turned out to taste amazing. I was quite happy with myself, considering that I mostly improvised to create this recipe.
If you follow me on Instagram (@Savourelavie_), you have probably seen the picture of my truffles from a few weeks ago. Today, I am sharing the recipe with you. If you happen to recreate my bliss balls, please send me a picture either by email or on my social media accounts (tag me), and let me know how you liked them!
DATES AND CACAO BLISS BALLS RECIPE
Ingrédients (pour une personne)
1 tsp chia seeds in water
20 pitted dates
6 tbsp oats
1 tbsp buckwheat flour
2 tsp flaked almonds (or other nuts of your choice)
1 tsp coconut oil
3/4 tbsp raw cacao powder – you can put more or less, depending on how strong you want the taste to be
raw cacao and/or shredded coconut (for the coating)
Put the chia seeds in a little glass and cover them with water. Place the glass in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened.
Put the dates in a food processor (or a good blender), and blend until they form a smooth dough. Put it in a bowl.
Put the oats and the flaked almonds in the food processor and blend to obtain a flour texture (this should only take a few seconds).
Add the oat+almond flour and the buckwheat flour to the dates. Stir with a spoon.
Add the coconut oil and chia seeds preparation to make the dough less dense. Then, add the raw cacao powder.
With the dough obtained, make small balls and roll them either in more cacao powder or in the shredded coconut.
Place the truffles in a Tupperware box or on a plate covered with plastic wrap, and keep them in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Your bliss balls are now ready for you to enjoy!
I’ll see you in my next article.