Treat yourself to a power-packed snack with this sweet, simple-to-make energy bite recipe. These ball-shaped bites are crammed with goodness and provide an easy grab-and-go snack or lunchbox filler. They are portable nuggets of energy-dense nutrition, making them perfect to fuel a workout.
Every bite is full of nutritious ingredients, so you can expect a completely natural health boost from these vitality-packed bliss balls. You don’t get much better than that!
Maca is thought to increase strength and stamina. That’s why these bliss balls make a great snack to enjoy before a workout – the Inca warriors took maca before battle! Maca powder may also support fertility by regulating hormones.
Opt for gelatinised maca, which has been lightly cooked to improve digestion. If you have ever felt nauseous after trying maca it could be that you had a raw powder. Switch to gelatinised and see if it helps.
Mix and match
This recipe is fabulous in its own right, but feel free to experiment with your favourite flavours. If you don’t have maca powder, then try vanilla powder or ground cinnamon instead. If you don’t like pecans switch for your favourite nut/s. Try sesame seeds instead of flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Have fun with the recipe!
Coconut Bliss Balls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoon
- High speed blender
- Baking tray
- 1 cups pecans
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup apple puree (store bought or make your own, it's so easy – see how in the recipe notes below)
- 1 tsp gelatinised maca powder (use pure vanilla powder or ground cinnamon if you don't have maca powder)
- Pinch unrefined sea salt
- ¾ cup milled flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (I used Linwoods)
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- Place the pecans, dates, apple puree, vanilla, sea salt and milled seeds together in a food processor and process until the mixture binds together. You may need to stop it occasionally and push the ingredients down with a spatula before starting it up again.
- Shape ½ tbsp portions of the mixture into evenly sized balls (about 40mm in diameter). It will help if you have slightly wet hands if the mixture is sticky.
- Spread the desiccated coconut evenly on a plate or tray. Then roll each ball in the desiccated coconut to coat. Place on a clean plate or baking tray.
- Place the balls in the fridge for about an hour to set. If you don't want to eat straightaway then store the bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge (for up to a week) or the freezer (for up to a month).