Nut Butter Bliss Balls (Vegan, GF)

You know around 2-3pm.. That weird little stretch of the day when lunch is behind you and you’re almost at dinner time, but you get that crash of energy where you feel like you need five cups of coffee/tea just to make it to the end of the day? This recipe is basically the product of that unique little time, and it’s purpose is to remedy 3pm-itis with a tasty little treat that contains all of the goodness you need to get back on the metaphorical horse. With healthy fats, protein and complex carbs, these little bits of bliss will keep you satiated until dinner, and they taste amazing. They literally only contain 4 (or 5) ingredients, require no baking, can be vegan and gluten-free, nut-free and take 5 minutes to throw together – talk about awesome! They fit almost everyone’s dietary needs/restrictions making them a great choice for lunch bag snacks! With all of this gab about them, I might as well get into the recipe so you can try them for yourself!

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Bliss Balls
Ingredients:
  • 3 heaped Tablespoons of nut/seed butter or your choice (can be sunflower, almond, peanut, cashew, etc.)
  • 1/3 c. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (As always, I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (Chia seeds would work well here too)
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons liquid sweetener of choice (I used unpasteurized honey, but pure maple or rice syrup would work well)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional, I didn’t include this because we are all out)

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Method:

  1. Throw all of your ingredients together in a bowl and combine well with a spatula, wooden spoon (or your hands!).
  2. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and refrigerate to harden before serving.

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Makes about 6 balls.
* For an extra dose of protein, you could also add a scoop of your fave flavor/brand of plant-based protein powder (like Vega) in place of something like the coconut. Just play around with ingredients and combinations and have fun with it! No need to be too specific!
This recipe was cultivated last night when I was bored, in need of a fix for my sweet tooth, and not wanting to pull out the kitchen aid mixer that is currently packed away for moving. I took simple, healthy ingredients and combined them together for a quick snack that I can pop into my mouth when I’m short on time and resources. The simplicity of this recipe shows just how easy, affordable and attainable healthy eating can be for everyone! It doesn’t need to be complicated or involve expensive, exotic ingredients! It’s about using unprocessed, whole foods and combining them in a way that tastes good to you! I hope this inspires you to get creative in the kitchen and take charge of your health and nutrition! Enjoy, loves!
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness
– Miranda xo

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