Bliss balls, green smoothies and kale chips...so cliche!
Within my 24-year span on earth, I have both made and eaten a lot of bliss balls. I like them - they make a yummy snack, and while satisfying to the sweet tooth, they often contain a protein and/or dietary fibre source (commonly nuts, seeds or dried fruit), and so help serve as a satiating option to bridge the gap between meal times. I get picky with them though - there's no one true recipe for bliss balls, they're anyones game, and if you do a quick google search (or open a healthy foodie recipe book really), you'll find a million and one ways to make them, typically using a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, sweetener (like honey or maple syrup), powders (e.g. cacao), fresh fruit or oils (e.g, coconut).
Over the years I've trialed endless flavour combinations, and these are a total winner. What I love is how flavourful they are - as you eat them you'll get bursts of fig, honey and tahini, which together creates quite a posh little bliss ball. These would be a gorgeous sweet treat served on a big platter loaded with fresh grapes, seed crackers, roasted nuts, veggie sticks and hummus.
The nut base used here is the antioxidant packed walnut, which is rich in nourishing fats (particularly the polyunsaturated kind), with the most abundant being omega-6 and omega-3. Omega-3 is linked to all sorts of health benefits, including as a wonderful brain food (isn't it a little odd how walnuts look like miniature brains too?). The tahini, which is a paste made of sesame seeds, is an excellent source of the mineral copper which assists with making red blood cells in our bodies, and plant-based calcium which helps to form and strengthen teeth and bones. The dried figs, which work great at helping to bind these balls, are a good source dietary fibre, which assists with keeping our digestive system happy.
Fig and Honey Tahini Bliss Balls
1 cup walnuts
12 dried figs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup honey
Optional: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and desiccated coconut to decorate
1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until the mixture balls into a dough.
2. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls, and then (optional) coat balls to decorate with sunflower seeds, coconut or sesame seeds. Store in fridge or freezer.