Almond Chia Bliss Balls

I haven’t had almonds in my house for a while now. However, Coles recently had a great special on almonds so decided to stock up! I still have my 1kg bag of chia which will last me an eternity which is awesome. So a bit of brainstorming led me to think up these delightful treats! There are just 5 ingredients in these and an optional sixth! These will take you less than 5 minutes and can be popped straight in the fridge after they’re made for storage! These are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free!

Almond Chia Bliss Balls (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1/3 cup almonds

1/4 cup chopped dates

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon liquid sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup or honey)

sprinkle cinnamon

sesame seeds for rolling (optional)

Method

  1. Blend your almonds into a coarse meal in a pulse blender or food processor
  2. Once in a meal, add the chia and cinnamon and pulse again to combine
  3. Add the dates and syrup and pulse until the mixture is moist and combined and can be moulded into shape with your fingers
  4. Roll into ball shapes and if you like, cover with sesame seeds.
  5. Store in the fridge for up to a week!

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Peanut, Almond and Chia Butter

No nut butter on hand, no worries! Well as long as you have nuts on hand then this can help you sort out the problem! Or, you might just want to try out a new combination of nut spread that doesn’t exist or is too expensive. It is also a healthy choice for you too because you know exactly what stays in and what stays out of your nut butter! I was actually shocked when I was making this that you don’t need any oil or liquids to bring it all together! All you need is a bit of patience. For anyone out there who may not be convinced that they can make their own nut butter at home, here is what I did (and I’m not some miracle worker/chef so if I can do it, so can you!)

Peanut, Almond and Chia Butter 

What you’re going to need

1 cup peanuts

1 cup almonds

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Method

1. Add all your ingredients to a food processor.

2. Process for at least 15 minutes (don’t give up, I assure you butter will form!) but make sure you occasionally scrape down the sides as you go. You will also notice that the mixture will be getting quite warm which aids in the butter production

3. Serve with toast or use as a base for ingredients such as protein bars (future post in the works!)

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