Raw, vegan and gluten free, these pink berry bliss balls will take you only 5 minutes to prepare. They make a lovely healthy snack to enjoy anytime of the day.
Pink October is here and it’s time for me to show my support for breast cancer awareness again, through a naturally pink recipe (last year I had shared these Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes for the occasion, a recipe that you all seemed to have loved a lot!). Sharing a recipe for such a serious cause might seem very modest, but if you think a little, everything starts in a plate, and it’s important to remember how much food matters in search for a healthy life.
Through this new healthy pink recipe, I want to show my support to all women suffering from breast cancer, and as an extent to it, to everyone suffering from cancer. When I wrote this post last year, my uncle and dear godfather was struggling with cancer himself. He was gone within two months and I can’t express how empty I felt. He was still in his fifties, far too young to leave this world. Getting married just a few months later is not an easy thing when a dear one is missing, and David and I decided to donate 50% of our money gifts to support research for cancer. A modest contribution to fight a disease everyone is concerned about in his near environment unfortunately.
Coming back to this recipe, I developed this time a pretty easy one, a healthy snack you can enjoy anytime of the day, whenever you feel like eating a sweet healthy treat that brings you some energy. I love energy balls or energy bars, and I usually prepare them in advance in the beginning of the week so I have plenty for the rest of the week. It’s also a great way to have control over the ingredients you use, which is almost impossible when you purchase an already made and apparently healthy energy bar, which has to have some preservatives to last longer. Prepare some homemade ones instead: it really doesn’t take long and it’s much healthier. A habit I recommend to everyone.
If you are in search for inspiration, you can check a few of my favorite energy balls/bars on the blog:
- Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
- Healthy No-Bake Energy Balls
- Easy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Raw Spicy Lime Bars
This new version featuring berries is naturally full of vitamin C. I personally like to a mix between raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, but all of them are loaded with vitamin C so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose in the end. For the recipe I got inspired by the talented Bowl and Spoon, that adds açai powder to her original recipe. Açai is a great concentrate of vitamin C so you can add one tablepoon to the recipe if you wish. I decided to go without personally, so that everyone can make them (some people can feel a bit lost when they want to make the recipe and realize one ingredient they don’t really know about is missing). If you are a little bit advanced and interested in superfood however, go for it (you can also check my açai pecan chia pudding, where I explain açai health benefits).
Naturally vegan, these berry bliss balls are also gluten free and will bring you energy on the long run, thanks to the gluten free oats combined with coconut flour. Then you can sweeten them a little with agave syrup, use fresh dates instead, or not sweeten them at all if you find berries sweet enough (it is just a matter of taste after all). The thickness can be slightly different depending on which ingredients you want to replace, so you might need to adjust the quantity of water to moisten the texture a little bit (just enough wet to shape some balls, not too wet! If so, add more oats).
I usually enjoy these energy balls before or after a full workout session, a morning run, or when I feel like eating a sweet treat as a snack, breakfast or dessert sometimes. Make them too, they will soon become a favorite of yours!
- 1 cup (100 g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
- ¾ cup (80 g) gluten free oats
- ¼ cup (35 g) coconut flour*
- ⅓ (20g) shredded coconut
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 pinch of salt
- ¼ cup (40 ml) maple or agave syrup**
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a sticky dough. If too dry, add a few drops of water.
- With your hands or using a small ice cream scoop, shape the balls. Optional: coat with shredded coconut or unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Let set in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Store in a airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer.
** You can replace agave or maple syrup with 4 pitted fresh dates. If using them, adjust the quantity of water to moisten the texture.
Recipe proudly shared on the wellness website Best of You.