Salted Choc-Orange Bliss Balls and a Word About Sugar

These bliss balls are like healthy versions of truffles! Rich with sweet jaffery goodness and buttery soft – they go down a treat with an almond milk chai tea or latte – and they are incredibly easy to put together!

blissballs

I make some version of these little gems every week, because I know that around  three o’clock every day I’m going to want me some afternoon tea… And munching away on one or two bliss balls (ok, so maybe I don’t always stop at that) not only satisfies my sweet cravings, but gives me a boost of energy and keeps me full until dinner time!

This recipe is sugar free, and I include fruit sugars (fructose) in branding it so. I LOVE fruit and I eat whole fresh fruits regularly, however I am careful with how much fructose I consume, because eating too much of it messes terribly with my appetite, giving me sugar cravings that REFUSE to be satisfied. Sarah Wilson explains this (as well as many other reasons why lowering our fructose intake might be a good idea) in her blog, comparing the effects of glucose with those of fructose:

“Our bodies strictly regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose stimulates the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin, which helps remove excess glucose from blood, and bolsters production of the hormone leptin, which suppresses hunger. We eat glucose, our bodies register this and the message goes out, “stop eating now”. Fructose doesn’t do this.”

Table sugar is 50:50 fructose and glucose, honey is 40% fructose, agave is 90% fructose and dried fruit is obviously made of the stuff. Thus, in many of my recipes, I use stevia and rice malt syrup as sweeteners, as I personally haven’t found that these lead to unfortunate things like weight gain, addiction or not knowing when I’m full.

Try these yummy balls of deliciousness and you’ll soon see that you don’t need to eat large amounts of fructose to enjoy the sweet things in life!

Yields: 30 balls

Ingredients:

1 cup oats or almond meal
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup LSA (or some other nut or seed meal)
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
1-2 tbsp water (start with 1 and add a little more if mixture seems too dry)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt (I like Himalayan)
Zest of 1 orange

Instructions:

Pop everything into a food processor and blitz until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times to ensure everything gets properly mixed. Then roll into balls using a tablespoon of the mixture for each. At the end, you can also roll them in coconut or crushed up nuts if you like! Store in the fridge.

blissies

Bon appetite lovely people xxx

Source: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2011/03/artificial-sweeteners-are-any-ok/

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3 thoughts on “Salted Choc-Orange Bliss Balls and a Word About Sugar

  1. thanks for this! it looks delish. I am looking forward to trying it out. I’ve been doing the sugar-free / low gluten (via sarah wilson) journey for a few years now and it’s always nice to find someone else who has like me, had fun experimenting in the kitchen finding great new tastes (especially ‘sweet’ munchies for a sweet tooth like me). But more importantly, thanks for being proactive enough to actually write the recipe down and willing to share it!

    • Hi Sarah! I am enjoying the blog so much, and it makes me happy to hear you’re enjoying it too! It’s nice to be able to keep everything in the one place and have a site to refer people to. I didn’t know you guys were sugar free! Maybe you could share some of your favs with me too ❤️

  2. Just made these. How do you stop yourself eating the entire bowl of mixture??! There’s just something bout that jaffa flavour! I didn’t have any LSA, so i just processed a few macadamia nuts instead which turned out great! I gave some to my harshest critic (my 4 year old) and i got this response… “Mum! More!” That says everything.

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