There’s nothing worse than hangry *hungry angry* family members, you all know what I mean. Kids or immediate family members (no finger pointing) who can’t cope with being hungry. Oh that would be me, being completely honest…
So there is nothing better than nutritious food on the go to stop those hangry people (me) from losing the plot! Add to that EASY nutritious food on the go and I am sold. We spend so much time out of the house as any family does. And now that we are paleo there aren’t many options for quick, nutritious food when out the house. We used to eat a lot of sushi on the go as it was a healthy option for us, so we thought. Because of this, sushi was hard to give up once we moved to a paleo lifestyle as it made trips out of the house a lot easier.
Bliss balls are the new sushi for me. They are easy to make and easy to transport so taking these along on car trips, to swimming, rugby and shopping trips is easy to do. Plus when little hands are eating these in the back seat of the car or at the side of the swimming pool, they stay intact and minimise mess.
We have a couple of types that we make. This chocolate & peppermint bliss ball is a firm favourite in our house. The kiddies LOVE these and along with the paleo chocolate cake, I have evergreen lunchbox favourites!
And if you are caught out when you are out of the house we buy a brand called Tom & Luke who have a good range of bliss balls. These are occasional foods for us as the ones I make at home are a lot more nutritious. But they are a good option and I use these as treats in the lunchbox when the kids have a party or special occasion to go to.
- 1 cup of dried dates
- 1/2 cup of raw cashews
- 1/2 cup of raw almonds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 3 drops of dōTerra peppermint oil
- approx 3 tbsp coconut oil
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and combine. Add coconut oil a tablespoon at a time until a dough forms.
- Remove dough from the food processor and roll walnut size balls of the mixture.
- Put into the fridge to firm up.
- Will keep in the fridge for a week and also freezes well.
Bliss balls are a very forgiving dish. My recommendation is to add ingredients to taste- start smaller, blend and taste. If I am making these a more occasional dish I add 50g of 90% cocoa dark chocolate. It makes them very more-ish!
Start slow with the dōTerra Peppermint oil when combining the ingredients and do a taste test after each drop. It’s very strong and you really only need a drop or two.
Using essential oils in raw baking makes sure that your baking is medicinal as well as nutritious. However please make sure that the oils you use are suitable for internal use. dōTerra oils are therapeutic grade so can be used in baking, both raw and cooked. Using the oils in their raw state means that you get the full benefits of the medicinal qualities of the oils.
Peppermint oil stimulates your immune system and emotionally is the Oil of the Buoyant heart. How amazing is it to have food that nourishes you body, heart and soul!