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Middle Park Picnic Recipes

I have had quite a few requests for the recipes for the bliss balls we served on sunday, so here they are.

You do not need to be overly particular with your quantities here. As long as your mixture is moist enough when combined to roll into balls, all will be well. If the mixture is too wet, simply add more dry ingredients, if too dry to combine well add small amounts of coconut oil or coconut water.

Sassy Spirulina & Protein Balls

  • 1 1/2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 1 cup whole raw cashew nuts
- you could also use macadamias, pecans or a combination.
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup seeds (e.g chia, flaxseeds, sesame seeds.)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 scoops vital greens protein powder (pea protein)
  • 1- 2 tablespoons spirulina powder
  • 10 whole fresh pitted dates
 (or you can use dried dates soaked in a little hot water or coconut juice.)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil as a liquid

Method

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients into thermomix or food processor and whizz until you get a crumb like consistency. Remove and place in a large bowl
  2. Add dates and whizz until sticky. Then add a cup or 2 of the nut mixture to the date mixture and process until combined
  3. Tip mixture into a bowl and stir through. Gradually start to add in some coconut oil
  4. The mixture should come together when squished with the hands. Add small amounts of hot water if the mixture needs more moisture
  5. Roll into small balls and store covered in the fridge until needed.

 

Gorgeous Goji Nut Balls

  • 2 cups raw nuts. Macadamias, almonds, cashews
  • ¼ cup seeds- flaxseeds, chia seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds
  • 1 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 to 1 cup dried fruit. Dates work well as do apricots and cranberries.
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (as liquid)
  • Organic shredded coconut to roll balls in

Method

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients into thermomix or food processor and whizz until you get a crumb like consistency.
  2. Add dates and whizz through.
  3. Tip mixture into a bowl. Squeeze the mixture and it should start to combine.
  4. Gradually start to add in some coconut oil
  5. The mix should come together when squished with the hands.
  6. You may need to use some hot water if additional moisture is required
  7. Roll into small balls, then roll in coconut and store in airtight container in the fridge.

Cacao and mesquite paleo balls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of raw nuts. I used 1 cup almonds, 1 cup macadamias, 1/2 cup brazil nuts and 1/2 cup cashews.
  • 3/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds. I use a combination of white and black.
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs. I like the crunchiness of the nibs, use cacao powder if you prefer. Half powder & half nibs works well too.
  • 3 heaped tablespoons mesquite powder
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder (optional and not if your are pregnant)
  • 10 medjool dates. Or 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1/4 cup goji’s or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (as a liquid)
  • 1-2 scoops Vital Greens pea protein powder

Method

Note: this varies a little bit depending on if you want your balls to be smooth or have a few chunks in them. Simply blend for a few extra seconds if you want your mixture to be smooth.

  1. Add nuts into Thermomix or food processor and whizz on high speed until you have some powder and small pieces.
  2. Pour into a large bowl
  3. Add seeds (except chia) and cacao nibs and whizz for a few seconds until in small pieces. Pour into nut mixture in bowl and combine.
  4. Add fruits to Thermomix and whizz until broken down.
  5. Combine half the nut and seed mixture with the fruit in your Thermomix & blend until combined. (You may add all dry ingredients if you have enough room, otherwise combine in bowl just before rolling into balls.)
  6. Add mesquite & maca and blend on low speed, slowly adding the coconut oil until the mixture becomes sticky.
  7. Pour mixture into large bowl. Mixture is the right consistency if it holds together when squeezed..
  8. If it is too dry, add some hot water slowly
  9. If it is too wet, blend up some more nuts and seeds.
  10. Roll mixture into balls & store in an airtight container in fridge.

 NO NUT BLISS BALLS

These would be a excellent snack to take to a nut free school or kinder. I also had a mum ask me for a nut and fruit free version, so I have added these modifications below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 scoops vital greens pea protein
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons mesquite
  • handful shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Optional: you could also use some buckinis. Just substitute for some of your seeds.
  • If you are making with fruit use 1/3 cup dates, If fructose free, use 1/3 cup tahini (room temp) 

Method

Note: this varies a little bit depending on if you want your balls to be smooth or have a few chunks in them. Simply blend for a few extra seconds if you want your mixture to be smooth.

  1. Add seeds into Thermomix or food processor and whizz on high speed until you have some powder and small pieces.
  2. Add mesquite and cacao and combine
  3. If using dates, pour seed mixture into a large bowl, then add dates to thermomix or food processor and whizz until combined. Add in a cup of the seed mixture and combine. Pour into bowl
  4. If making nut free, add tahini and coconut oil and whizz until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into large bowl. Mixture is the right consistency if it holds together when squeezed..
  6. If it is too dry, add some hot water slowly
  7. If it is too wet, blend up some more seeds.
  8. Roll mixture into balls & store in an airtight container in fridge.IMG_3759

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