Brainy Bliss Balls
by Buffy Owens
I recently had a run-in with a tick that landed me on antibiotics. It’s one of the joys in living in a region with an AMAZING AUTUMN but a really high incidence of both Lyme and Anaplasmosis. Now, to be fair this is only the 4th time that I’ve taken antibiotics in over 30-years. So, I’m feeling confident in my body’s ability to both utilize these meds and heal from it all — including a rebound in my microbiota.
That said, I needed something handy to eat with my antibiotics to keep my tummy in check. Plus, who doesn’t need a quick treat that nourishes the brainy bits? Enter the Brainy Bliss Balls.
What I Love About These Energy Balls
First and foremost, they are super easy to make. Second, they are delicious! I love the hint of spice that comes in at the end from the cayenne. To be honest, I was rather surprised by the spice as it doesn’t come through when I make a warm coconut milk tonic from the same Cacao Blend from Sun Potion. Finally, I love that these little nuggets of nourishing joy offer a spectrum, albeit in small amounts, of nourishment — from the adaptogens to the nuts & dates.
If you know me, then you know that whenever possible, I try to expand the variety of foods and movements that I consume. Variety isn’t just the spice of life, it’s the key to nourishing yourself fully.
Let’s have a quick look at some of the ingredients.
Walnuts are considered one of the top nuts for brain health. They have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Plus, they contain iron, selenium, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and some B vitamins.
These delights are great sweeteners of choice. Not only are they rich in trace amounts of minerals and vitamins (magnesium and potassium especially!) they give these bliss balls a luscious chewy, 'truffley' consistency.
Cacao contains the mood improver compound, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Plus, this chocolaty base offers another mood-enhancing compound, PEA or phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. But that’s not all! Cacao may also improve brain blood flow, oxygen levels, and nerve function.
I really love these chocolaty balls of wonder and I hope that you do too. And for your foodie ease, here’s some quick links to the ingredients that I use for these blissful balls. In the name of transparency, the links below are affiliate links and I will receive a few pennies if you use them. Before you purchase online, I invite you to source these ingredients locally
Brainy Bliss Balls
These tasy treats will sooth your soul, feed your gut, and nourish your nervous system.
Makes: 20 Balls
Passive Prep Time:
- 12 Pitted Medjool Dates
- 1 Cup Walnuts (soaked or sprouted)
- 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Anandamide Cacao Blend From Sun Potion
or Cacao with a dash of Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Cayenne
- 2 Scoops of Collagen Peptides (optional)
- Soak your dates for an hour. Ideally, you'd soak raw walnuts for 4-8 hours. However, if you haven't already soaked your walnuts and you're short on time then use this hour to soak them now.
- Put all ingredients in a high-power blender and blend!
- Scrape into a bowl and chill for about 30 minutes before forming into balls. Using your hands, form into balls. I used heaping tablespoon sized portions.
- To finish, roll your balls in shredded coconut.
- Store covered in the fridge for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months. These little nuggets of nourishing love thaw quickly.