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Bliss Balls of Fire

October 1, 2014
Bliss Balls of Fire

Seeds nuts and berries . . . Yum
Whether it’s simple handful of nuts and dried fruit or the combination made into Bliss Balls of Fire, enjoy the delicious nutrition they offer.  These Bliss Balls are made with soaked nuts and dried fruit, most recipes soak the fruit and use dried nuts.  I’d been spouting the benefits of soaking nuts at last year’s spring Intensive so thought I’d better follow through and was delighted by the results.

2 cups mixed almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds &/or pumpkin seeds
3 cups mixed dried fruit i.e. sultanas, dried apricots, cranberries, dates
3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons cacoa powder
2 generous teaspoons ground cinnamon
Chia seeds and desiccated coconut to coat

Place the nuts and seeds in a bowl and cover with filtered water
Soak overnight for at least 8 hours
Drain through a sieve and place in a food processor

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Process until coarsely ‘ground’- about a minute depending on the efficiency of your food processor
Add the dried fruit and blend again
Add the ground flaxseeds, cacao and cinnamon

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Blend until it becomes a smooth gooey paste. You may need to add a tablespoon of water if it’s too firm
Roll into about 30 small balls
Coat in chia seeds or desiccated coconut

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Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for about a week . .  Ha, maybe!!

Shopping List

3 cup combination of:
Almonds
Walnuts
Sunflower seeds and / or pepitas
2 cup combination of:
Dates
Dried apricots (zero sulphur)
Raisins or sultanas
Dried cranberries
3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds *
3 tablespoons Cacoa powder
2 generous teaspoons ground cinnamon

* If you don’t have a spice grinder either buy one (a coffee grinder, inexpensive and brilliant for grinding fresh spices and flaxseeds) or buy already ground flaxseeds – usually in the refrigerator section of the health store.

Nutrition Notes

Seeds are bliss for the brain, body and soul.  Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds are ancient foods whose nutrition and benefits have stood the test of time.  High in protein, minerals – especially iron, phosphorous, calcium, potassium silicon with Vitamins A, D, E and B it makes them  a fantastic nervous system and bone tonic!
* Nervous system health = very valuable and protective against the damaging effects of stress
* Strong bones and bone health = valuable for growing children, preventative against osteoporosis and arthritis, strengthening and supportive to joint and spine health

Almonds have supported human life for thousands of years. High in protein, minerals, vitamin E for muscle and heart function, and repairing damaged skin tissue; B vitamins for a healthy nervous system.  A perfect balance of protein, fats and carbohydrate – a meal in a nut.

Walnuts – think brain health – look at the shape and signature of a walnut – just like the brain.

Most seeds and nuts contain antioxidants, keeping cells healthy.  Nuts and seeds are revitalising and regenerating in their nature.  Eat a combination of nuts and seeds and you’ll have more calcium than you know what to do with, sufficient protein, an array of minerals for bone health, healthy resilient and relaxed nervous system, active and alert brain, supported digestive system . .

Carry a combo of seeds and nuts in your car on long trips to nourish the nervous system and brain for natural relief from hours on the road.

Good nutrition is often simple.  Enjoy  SFYHeart small

 

 

 

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