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Hemp & cacao bliss balls

The perfect protein packed snack. I love these as a morning pick me up or to take in my lunch as an afternoon sweet treat.

#vegan #plantbased #healthytreat #healthysnack


These bliss balls also happen to be nut free which makes them the perfect little treat to pop into kids lunch boxes. With back to school just around the corner here in Australia I am sure many of you are looking for ideas to fill up your kids lunch boxes with. You could make a batch this week & store them in the freezer ready to go next week!


I often freeze a few bliss balls & take one out in the morning to pop in my handbag if I am going out for a while. This way the bliss ball holds its shape well as it keeps cool & is the perfect consistency to eat after a couple of hours of running errands.


Hemp seeds are packed with omega 3, 5 & 9 essential fatty acids, which are often hard to consume on a plant based diet. They are also a great source of protein, iron, zinc, magnesium & calcium.



Hemp & cacao bliss balls


Makes 14 balls


Ingredients


1 cup fresh Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup hemp seeds (hemp hearts)

3 heaped tbsp chocolate protein powder (I use the morning glory protein from My Hemple)

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

pinch sea salt

1-2 tsp water


Cacao, extra for rolling

Shredded coconut, extra for rolling


Method


Place the dates into a food processor & pulse until chopped & forming a ball. Add all the ingredients except the water & pulse until finely chopped & all incorporated. Add the water, a little at a time until the mixture is sticky & coming together when pressed between your fingertips.


Roll the mixture into 14 even sized balls. You can cover them with extra cacao powder or a little shredded coconut if desired. Store in a sealed container on the fridge for up to 1 week (if they last that long!).


Enjoy!

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