Are you looking for a sweet snack that’s both delicious and wholesome? Your search is over! These aronia bliss balls are jam-packed with nutrients to keep you energized throughout the day. Plus, they have a wonderfully zesty berry flavor that’s sure to leave you feeling satisfied!
Long gone are the days when a snack meant nothing more than a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar! Today, consumers are far more interested in reaching for something that’s both delicious and nutritious when they’re feeling peckish. The value of the healthy snacks market worldwide is growing year on year. In fact, it’s estimated to reach an amazing 152.5 billion US dollars by 2030.(1) There are many potential explanations for this growth. These range from changing lifestyles to greater concern around harmful medical conditions like obesity and diabetes. Whatever the reasons are, it's a trend that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. There are plenty of causes to celebrate this increased interest in clean eating, natural foods and healthy snacks. Firstly, it means there are more on-the-go options available for those who are vegan, health-conscious or have food intolerances. Secondly, it’s led to a wealth of wholesome and tasty new recipe ideas to try at home. Perfect for those of us who enjoy getting creative in the kitchen! From savory vegetable muffins to nutrient-rich versions of classic recipes like millionaire shortbread, nowadays we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to healthy treats. However, one type of nourishing snack that’s received a lot of attention recently are versatile and bite-size bliss balls. There are all sorts of different yummy bliss balls recipes you can try. So, here at Erbology, we thought it was high time we added our own to the mix! As you’ve probably guessed, our recipe has an extra special ingredient that makes these bliss balls even more nutritious: aronia.
What are bliss balls?
If you’ve never heard of bliss balls before, at this point in the article you might be a bit confused. In essence, they're exactly what they sound like – little spheres of happiness! To be more specific though, bliss balls are small yet nutrient-dense snacks that you can easily whip up at home. It’s impossible to say who first invented them or when, but they’ve certainly become a popular option in recent years. And with good reason. Sometimes referred to as energy bliss balls or energy balls, they don’t require any baking or a long prep time. The best part is that you can flavor them pretty much any way you like. That makes it super simple to personalize your bliss balls recipe to suit your tastes. Perfectly round and bite-sized, bliss balls are a convenient snack to take to the office, gym, or on days out. The majority of bliss balls recipes feature some mix of dried fruit, nuts and seeds. This means they’re bursting with plant-based protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and plenty of key vitamins and minerals. Therefore, despite their miniature size, bliss balls are a highly satisfying snack. If you make them our way, bliss balls are also free from any nasty preservatives or other additives. This ensures that they’re a guilt-free means to indulge your cravings for a little something sweet!
Our aronia bliss balls recipe
So, what is our way of making bliss balls? Let’s dive into the recipe! We recommend creating the base from a blend of raw pecan nuts, dried cranberries, dried goji berries and chia seeds. This will form the bulk of the bliss balls, and give them a smooth, rich texture. The cranberries also add an invigorating tart taste, with a beautiful hint of natural sweetness. One of the fantastic things about this bliss balls recipe is how much freedom you have. Don’t be afraid to mix it up by swapping some pecans for other nuts like almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts. Each combination will bring a slightly different flavor and texture to the finished bite. Whichever nuts you choose, there are a wealth of good reasons to include goji berries alongside them in your bliss balls. These tiny red fruits really pack a punch in terms of nutrients. Also known as wolfberries, research indicates that they may help to protect against age-related eye diseases.(2) This is thanks to the high level of antioxidants they contain. Goji berries are also rich in vitamins A and C, which can both assist in supporting the immune system.(3) Interestingly, studies suggest that consuming goji berries may have psychological benefits too. These include increased energy, better mental acuity, improved mood, and higher quality of sleep.(4) So there really is no reason not to embrace them in your diet! Finally, although they may be small, chia seeds certainly earn their place in our bliss balls. These nutritional powerhouses are rich in all sorts of minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. They’re also high in fibre, which helps to keep your digestive system in top condition. In addition, chia seeds are a great source of plant-based protein.
Boosting your bliss balls
To this wellness-enhancing base, we recommend adding the zest from one lemon. This gives your bliss balls a bright and refreshing note of citrus. Lime and yuzu both make fabulous alternatives if you want to try something different. Versatility truly is the name of the game when it comes to creating bliss balls! The vanilla powder brings a soft sweetness and comforting scent to this bliss balls recipe that we just love. Be sure to choose a pure variety that’s made solely from vanilla beans, as some also have added sugar. The flavor from vanilla powder tends to be more intense than vanilla extract, so you only need half a teaspoon. After blending the ingredients into a mix of fine crumbs, adding the oat milk helps to bind them all together. Along with the liquid sweetener, it ensures your bliss balls won’t fall apart when you shape them. We’ve given you the option of raw honey or agave nectar in the recipe, but maple syrup is also a good choice. Of course, as the name implies, it’s the aronia powder that steals the show in this bliss balls recipe. Not only is it responsible for their vivid red color, aronia will give your bliss balls a vibrant fruity flavor. Even better, it takes their nutritional value soaring to yet greater heights.