|Posted by Bee & John on May 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM|
Bliss Balls, Protein Balls, Treats, Truffles….. what are they?
Well, there are hundreds of recipes out there, and following are just a couple, but do you NEED to follow a recipe? Some of us, actually, most of us…. once you have made a few from recipes you have an idea what your family likes in them and what works…. and what doesn't! Then, you can easily just grab some ingredients together, just chuck it all in thermy and whammo, you have these little round things that you can call anything you like.
I remember in the 80's / 90's there was the NEW fad of Muffins!!! Wow… suddenly you could eat cake in the morning and if you called them Muffins, you didn't have to feel guilty!! Slowly reason reasserted itself and we started having them as the treat they are, not a substitute for a healthy meal. I feel that there is a similar move here - People call them protein balls, bliss balls etc and you can eat them without feeling any guilt whatsoever.
The truth is, of course, that EVERYTHING, even good for you foods, should be eaten in moderation. Dates may be a great natural sweetener but eat a kilo of them and you have a regular and personal appointment with your bathroom.
Does that mean that you sholdn't eat Protein/Bliss/Treat balls… of course not. Just a gentle warning that you CAN have too much of a good thing. Treat them AS treats, not Kilojoule and consequence free. Nuts and seeds have fat. Agave, dates, honey and Maple Syrup all have sugar, "natural" or not!
So, those were the bad things. IF I haven't scared you off them entirely, let me tell you the good! First and foremost, they are very easy to make, these little bundles of joy, they look great and are a fantastic way of getting (sneaking?) goodness into people without them knowing…. sorta like giving a dog a pill in a square of cheese - or you can take the Mary Poppins "spoon full of sugar" view.
The other great thing about them, is that you can make any sort you like. What's more….. You look like a MasterChef bringing them out on a plate and they are Quick! Quick quick quick!! Those of us with a Thermomix would up the ante and may even say bloody quick! Add to that, depending on the ingredients, they can last ages in the fridge and therefore can be made ahead in large batches.
Recently, I was thrilled to be given some home made HEALTHY fruit/nut balls. They were delicious! and I enjoyed them almost as much as the chocolate truffles I made the day before….. WHY oh why does real chocolate taste so good!! But, certainly there was no guilt when I ate the "healthy" ones.
I asked my friend Michelle for the recipe and started looking on line. I also made a quick call for recipes on my facebook page ….. SO many recipes. As mentioned, I WILL be putting some recipes down here, but - two things.
Before we go into the actual recipes, let me explain how you could make your own.
Have a try at some different recipes so you have an idea on what they look like, what textures/tastes your family likes (or not) and how many you would need to make. Use this as "trainiing" to start looking at making your own recipe/s up. You only have to look at a couple of recipes to see that they all use very similar ingredients.
Okay then! Now, some recipes.
These are the peanut butter ones I liked so much! Michelle sent me the recipe but although the recipe itself is clear, it doesn't indicate where she got it from. I fully acknowledge that someone else, another person/company wrote the recipe! Sorry I can't name you.
No Bake Energy Bites
grind the oats on speed 9 for 10-30 seconds depending on texture required
add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl
mix on speed 4-5 ntil all combined (30 - 60 seconds) Scrape down half way through if necessary
Roll the dough into 20 bit sized balls
refrigerate for 30 minutes
store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
Honey Truffles - these are from the In The Mix (first one) cookbook. You can get the recipe for free by downloading the free In The Mix app from the Apple store or equivalent. USE THIS RECIPE to help convert NON Thermomix truffle recipes! My Hints Here
Peanut Butter Truffles - I used the Honey Truffle recipe exactly except... I omitted the honey and vanilla pod seeds, and added 90g of smooth peanut butter. Increase the speed a notch as it is thicker.
Oreo Balls - the wicked treat that is just fabulous. Seconds to make, lasts for months in the fridge... if you let them!
Paleo Chocolate Truffles (non TMX)
Special thanks to Michelle for starting me off and Tania who sent through the majority of these recipe links!