I had the most amazing food filled day yesterday all thanks to the amazing Linwood’s health foods. They hosted a most wonderful day of foodie delights featuring amazing recipe demonstrations by Susan Jane White and Madeleine Shaw as well as an invaluable insight into the art of food photography by the talented Jo Murphy all hosted by the fabulous Roz Purcell and I was fortunate enough to be invited. After a fabulous day of culinary delights I literally rolled home full of the most delicious food as well as loads of inspiration. Armed with a bag of fabulous goodies I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and rustle up some healthy treats. These little flax, cacao and almond bites live up to their name and are quite simply sheer bliss. Now that I’m back to college I’m always looking for really simple and nourishing snacks that I can throw into my handbag to munch on during the day and these super simple flax bliss balls fit the bill perfectly with just a handful of accessible ingredients. Each little flax bonbons are packed full of brain fueling ingredients like flax, goji and coconut. The glorious combination of cacao, creamy peanut butter and tropical coconut is guaranteed to thrill your taste buds. Just be warned one is never enough…..
Flax seed differs from many other seeds in that it offers the most nutritional benefit when ground as this enables better absorption of its many nutrients. Flax seeds are famed for their wonderfully high omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid; ALA. ALA is believed to posses the ability to reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Flax’s heart benefits is believed to stem from its purported ability to reduce total cholesterol levels as well levels of LDL or “bad cholesterol”.
- ¼ cup Linwoods milled flax seeds
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ¼ cup ground almonds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 Medjool dates
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- Place the flax seeds, coconut, ground almonds and cacao powder in a food processor.
- Blend the mixture until you have a sandy mixture.
- Add in the maple syrup, dates and peanut butter.
- Blend until the mixture begins to come together.
- Add in the almond milk as needed to give you a "dough".
- Divide the mixture into eight and roll into balls.
- Serve the flax balls as is or roll in more desiccated coconut, cacao powder or beetroot powder for a pop of colour.