Bliss balls, energy balls or whatever you like to call them are the beginner healthy dessert…it’s the easiest one to make, with simple ingredients, and also also very versatile to adapt to what you like or what ingredients you have available. If the concept of Bliss Balls is new to you…it’s basically a combination of dried fruit (usually dates) with a grain (usually oats) and nuts or seeds or both. They can also be nut-free or with a nut-butter. So you can really get creative with flavors and any additions that will give a nutritional boost such as nuts, seeds, spices and superfood powders.
Having said all that…making them with fresh beetroot and spinach sounded a little strange…but I was very curious to try. And I have been loving every recipe I’ve tried from The Wholesome Child book by Mandy Sacher.
Before we get to the recipe, let me tell you about the best children’s nutrition and recipe book I’ve ever come across. Mandy Sacher has truly created a great service to the world with her very informative nutrition and healthy eating guide with more than 140 family-friendly recipes, many of which are suitable for those following a plant-based, dairy-free or gluten-free diet. Seriously, every parent MUST have this book and read it cover to cover, and Mandy if you every read this please have it translated into as many languages as possible…starting with Arabic. I have both the printed book and the kindle version. It’s organized into the following sections and steps, and each section has a wealth of charts, tips and recipes:
In her book, Mandy explains how to train children’s taste-buds to enjoy nourishing, nutritionally beneficial foods as early as possible to ensure optimal development and establishment of lifelong healthy eating behaviors. As a Pediatric Nutritionist who has worked with many parents, she also explains in her book how to deal with picky eaters.
On to the recipe…just a couple of things to point out:
I did use the coconut sugar and if you’re almonds are not ground do that first in the processor before adding the rest of the ingredients.
I recommend you start with making half the recipe to make sure you like it.