Maqui Berry Balls with Goji Berry Dust
By Amy Crawford
Today's post is dedicated to the cacao/chocolate intolerant among us - by hook or a crook I will find us alternatives people!
These 'balls of bliss' are filled to the brim with the good stuff and are actually a 'functional meal' in a mouthful (albeit a small one). One ball contains protein, good fats, low GI carbohydrates, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals to boot. Best kept in your pantry (that is, out of the fridge), they're a perfect bite sized snack for the between meal hunger attacks (and I'll have you know they go down very nicely with a cuppa post dinner). Do run with the goji dust if you are able, it adds are beautiful 'tang' to your bite.
Makes approximately 26 balls
You will need:
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup puffed amaranth
1/2 cup goji berries, plus optional extra 1 cup for rolling*
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
6 medjool dates
4 tablespoons maqui berry powder
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
1 tablespoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
Place all ingredients into a high-powered food processor. Combine until well ground and the oils have started to release. The mixture should be slightly tacky. Remove from food processor and with your hands roll very firmly into balls of 2cm diameter. Place the extra 1 cup of goji berries into the food processor and whizz to form a smooth 'dust'. Roll balls in the goji berry dust. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
* It will be difficult to obtain a goji dust if you're gojis are moist and/or if you don't have a high-powered blender. Mine were very dry so ground into dust easily. If your gojis are squishy I'd suggest rolling the balls in desiccated coconut instead.
Ok guys, give me some bliss ball inspiration. What (non chocolate) flavour would you love to see next and we'll see what we can do - because where there's a will there is most definitely a way!