• Annie Bothma

RUNNER'S FUEL: BLISS BALLS

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

It's become a Sunday night tradition to make some date/bliss balls for the week, these are great since they are a quick, easy and healthy snack to eat pre/post training. They are convenient when traveling since they can easily be stored in a small container or zip-lock bag. They are also very versatile and it's fun experimenting with different flavors and varieties. Below are some of my favorite Bliss Ball recipes.

SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF DATES:

  • Dates contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants.

  • Dates are a rich source of energy, making them ideal for a pre-run snack.

  • Dates are high in fiber, which may be beneficial for preventing constipation and controlling blood sugar control.

  • Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. All of these have been studied for their potential to prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis.

  • Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.

  • Dates contain several types of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid, that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.


RECIPE:


BASIC BASE:

  • 500g Dates, soaked before in hot water.

  • 2 cups fine coconut

  • coconut to roll in


APRICOT-COCONUT BLISS BALLS

  • 100g dried apricots, soaked in hot water

  • coconut to roll in.


CHOCOLATE FUDGE BLISS BALLS

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • cinnamon, to taste

  • sea salt, to taste

  • roll in cocoa


CHOCOLATE-COCONUT BLISS BALLS

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • more coconut to roll in


FIG-DATE & COCONUT BLISS BALLS

  • 100g dried figs, soaked in water

  • more coconut to roll in.


NUTTY BLISS BALLS

  • chopped nuts of choice, I like to use pecans or walnuts

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • more cocoa to roll in


APPLE-CINNAMON BUN BLISS BALLS

  • dried apple pieces, finely chopped and soaked.

  • 1 cup chopped pecan/walnuts

  • cinnamon to taste


CHOCOLATE CRUNCH BLISS BALLS

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp cocoa nibs

  • more coconut to roll in


METHOD:

  1. Blend everything in a food producer until it forms a dough-like, but smooth paste.

  2. Roll into little balls and dip in coconut or cocoa powder, depending on the variation you choose.

  3. You can also get creative and add in any other ingredients or flavors you like.

  4. Have fun and enjoy!





Please comment below if you have a cool suggestion for a new combination I can try. :)


- Annie

REFERENCES:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-dates#section3

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html

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