Coconut Date Bliss Balls

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After being diagnosed with MS in 2011, I was ready to take some dramatic steps to improve my health. I explored different theories on healing autoimmune disease symptoms, and decide to follow a Paleo protocol, one step at a time. After eliminating gluten, my brain fog had lifted and my symptoms improved dramatically. Taking the additional steps of removing all grains, legumes and processed foods and sugars from my diet was life changing. Within a few weeks my fatigue had vanished. I now know that I may have MS, but MS doesn’t have me.

I love this recipe because it is naturally sweet without any refined sugars, is easy to prepare, and is a good source of protein and omega 3’s. A healthy treat the entire family can enjoy!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Julie's natural date-sweetened coconut bliss balls are concentrated sources of prebiotic dietary fiber and polyphenols to support and fuel probiotics (the "good bacteria"), which have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. In addition to their particularly powerful punch of anti-inflammatory properties, the walnuts and almond butter offer healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, as well as protein, B vitamins and a variety of antioxidant nutrients.

By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN

Coconut Date Bliss Balls

  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time: 5-10 mins (1 hour pre-soaking)
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked in warm water 1 hour)
1/2 cup raw almonds (soaked in warm water 1 hour)
1/2 cup walnuts (soaked in warm water 1 hour)
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

1. Blend soaked nuts and dates in a high powered blender or food processor.
2. Add remaining ingredients and process until a thick paste forms.
3. Remove mixture from processor and roll with hands into balls about 1″ size.
4. Roll each ball in shredded coconut and put onto parchment paper.
5. Lastly, put into freezer to set and keep stored in refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!

1. Blend soaked nuts and dates in a high powered blender or food processor. 2. Add remaining ingredients and process until a thick paste forms. 3. Remove mixture from processor and roll with hands into balls about 1″ size. 4. Roll each ball in shredded coconut and put onto parchment paper. 5. Lastly, put into freezer to set and keep stored in refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 176; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 2mg; Potassium: 247mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 4g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 3%

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