When the creative juices are flowin', you can't help but sometimes get carried away in your thoughts. Whether it be typing away at a computer for hours, or manifesting your thoughts with scribbles in your notebook, so be it. But when that time comes, we often get whisked away and then find ourselves in a little energy slump (whether we worked through lunch or not).
Rather than grabbing for that chocolate bar or latte, why not dabble in a concoction of energy stabilizing protein and fiber? No, I don't mean to guzzle down some raw chia seed water concoction. Maybe next time..
Enter: Bliss Balls.
Though I can't say I've coined the name, bliss balls can refer to any homemade mixture that contains mostly nuts/seeds/fruit and some type of protein additive for an alternative to spending mucho bucks on those protein bars at the grocery store. As protein bars are often filled with additives, processed protein derivatives, heaps of sugar, and potential allergens, making your own version is surely the way to go. Dietitian approved!
Bliss balls are super simple to make, as they don't require a high speed blender or food processor and only take a few minutes to whip together. There is also so much room for creativity in making them your own (adding your favorite flavors, protein powder, nut butters, super foods, etc).
Skimming through my most recent posts, I've noticed I've been on a little chocolate frenzy, so I decided to switch it up a little and add some good notes of vanilla and cranberry. Maybe I've been eyeing those Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks too much. Rest assured, these take the win.
Vanilla Cranberry Coconut Protein Bliss Balls
1/3 C. plant-based protein powder (I used Whole Foods Vanilla Cinnamon Blend)
1/3 C. + 2 Tbsp almond butter (or your nut butter of choice)
1/4 C. flaxseed meal
1/3 C. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/4 C. dried cranberries
2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, then add in your sweetener, nut butter, and vanilla. For the nut butter, I suggest it being at room temperature and also using a natural/organic form, as the natural oils that accumulate at the top of the jar is perfect for helping bind the batter together.
Combine ingredients well, then begin to form the batter into balls with your hands. Depending on your preference for size, this recipe makes about 6-8 balls. I suggest having 2 at a time for a well-rounded energy boost :) Store balls in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.