There’s a reason I call them bliss balls! So decadent…and even though these halva bliss balls taste just like halva, there is no refined sugar. Nope. None. These beauties are sweetened with dates and just a touch of maple syrup…and they’re still pure bliss!
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How to serve Halva Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are a super choice for an afternoon pick me up, a little sweet treat after dinner, a post workout snack, a lunch box treat…..basically anytime you’re craving a little something sweet or feeling a little low on energy, one of these halva bliss balls will definitely fill the need.
Sometimes Bliss Balls are referred to as protein balls, or energy bites….all adequate descriptions for these babies.
- Tahini: I started with a base of tahini because sesame seeds are about 20% protein, by weight making them a higher protein food than most other seeds or nuts. Tahini is also rich in the minerals phosphorus, magnesium potassium and iron and is one of the best sources of calcium. Tahini is easy to digest, promotes healthy cell growth and is high in Vitamins E and many of the Bs.
- Flax seeds are not only a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats, they are also super high in Omega-3s—-which have been proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke.
- Cacao: Raw Cacao is the highest plant-based source of Iron, is loaded with antioxidants (40 times more than blueberries!!!), full of magnesium—for a healthy heart and brain, has more calcium than cow’s milk and acts as a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant—-um, hello chocolate!!!
- Maca: There is a reason that Maca is considered a super food. It’s highly nutritious boasting healthy amounts of protein, vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium and B6. Maca has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and can help protect bone health.
How to make Halva Bliss Balls
Place tahini, dates, vanilla, maple syrup, ground flax, cacao powder, maca powder and sea salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process until well combined and mixture holds together like a big ball of chocolate dough.
What kind of dates are best for bliss balls?
For best results, use medjool dates. They are generally softer and considered the most flavorful. It’s best to buy dates with the pits still inside because they will retain their moisture for longer. If your dates are hard and wrinkly, soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften before using in this recipe.
- Bliss balls are best when they’re about 1-inch in diameter.
- Use your hands or a small cookie scoop to portion out 24 equal size balls from the “batter.”
- Place them onto a sheet of unbleached parchment paper.
- Wet your hands and then roll each dough portion into a smooth, round ball.
- Coat with your favorite toppings. Either roll finished bliss balls onto a plate that has coating material or place the coating into a zip top bag and roll the balls around until coated evenly.
Bliss ball coating ideas:
- Crushed freeze dried raspberries, strawberries or blueberries.
- Nuts or seeds: Sesame seeds, crushed pumpkin seeds, finely chopped pistachios or hemp seeds
- Cacao nibs or shredded coconut.
How to store:
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They taste best cold.
- Place a piece of unbleached parchment in between layers.
- Bliss balls will stay good in the fridge for a week.
- They can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Halva flavor plus the nutritional benefits of sesame, flax, cacao and maca is winning. Perfect for any occasion, any time of day! Back to school, back to work, back to the business of leading an extraordinary and healthful life.
Make up a batch of these Halva Bliss Ball , some chocolate chunk cookies and maybe a batch of granola bars and some pumpkin spice balls. Get your freezer stocked and ready so you will have a healthy option available when the need arises for a snack.
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Halva Bliss Balls
- ½ cup tahini
- 6 medjool dates pitted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- 1 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 Tablespoons maca powder
- ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor and blend until well combined and mixture resembles large (chocolate) ball of dough.
- Use your hands to roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into coating of choice, or leave them plain.
- Serve immediately or place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
- Bliss balls can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months.