High Protein Healthy Snacks
Anyone with young men in the house knows the constant battle of keeping them fed. Especially through that growth spurt phase that defies weight gain, sees them start to tower over you and usually means that you can find them with their head either in the pantry or the fridge. Mr L is in such a stage now. Add in off season rowing, and I needed to dust off the Bliss Ball recipe to give him an extra boost. Sweet delicious and moist, Mr L does not realise the powerful protein hit that he is getting – to him they are just yummy!
Unlike some other Bliss balls that I experimented with, these ones stay moist in the centre. The other benefit? You can change up the flavour depending on what you like or what dried fruit you have in the pantry. Easy to make and they store for week in the fridge (yeah, like THAT is ever going to happen!) Food processor really does all the work for you.
Start by popping some oats into the food processor bowl. Add some peanut butter – we are crunchy fans here, but you can use whatever you like. I have just purchased some cashews to make my own cashew butter to change up the flavour – stay tuned! Add in some honey, coconut oil, flaxseed meal and chia seeds. The last three ingredients can be found in the “health food” section of the supermarket. I also add flaxseed meal to Liam’s rowing morning smoothie for an extra boost that he is unaware of. You can also try making some Chia breakfast pudding – nothing wasted!
Now comes the flavours! Chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate and dried fruit or nuts. This week, the Bliss Balls contain milk chocolate and dried fig. Last week white chocolate and dried apricot. I like the tangy sweetness of craisins with dark chocolate – its all about adding in the flavour that you want. Whizz it all up, place into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll into small balls.
I roll mine in coconut as the Bliss Balls are slightly sticky and this makes them easier to store. Pop in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Perfect lunch box snack for the boy – perfect “little something” for me with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Enjoy!
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tbs organic coconut oil
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 2 tbs flaxseed meal
- 3 tbs chocolate chips
- pinch salt
- Dried fruit or nuts of your choice - about 2 -3 tablespoons
- Place all ingredients in the large bowl of a food processor, and blitz until combined and finely chopped. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then roll into balls. Coat with dessicated coconut or cocoa if desired