May 30, 2018 (Last updated Sep 12, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani
Save me some of those blue balls! hehe. Sorry I couldn’t help myself with this name. I thought it was perfect for my Blue Spirulina Bliss Balls. And boy do they make for a great ball snack! hehe. Oookay okay I’ll stop now! (Clearly I am five years old).
But honestly, these Blue Spirulina Bliss Balls are a treat, and have become my go to summer snack when I need a healthy treat to pop and go. I’m a big fan of bliss balls for this exact reason, they are fast, easy and accessible when you’re looking for a quick fix to stop those hunger pangs mid-day, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me! No more mindless gazing into your fridge or desk drawer hoping something delicious will magically appear; you’ve got blue balls! These will be the first thing you grab, (hehe, still can’t stop giggling). But they really are addictive and satisfying. In fact, it’s my first instinct to pop one every time I open the fridge. So much so, that I’ve had to put them in a sealed tin in the crisper to be out of sight. Out of sight, a little more out of mind.
Good news is once they’re gone they’re easy to recreate. These blue balls are a simple recipe, made by blending almond butter, coconut flakes, oats, hemp hearts, dates, cardamom, cinnamon, and blue spirulina in your food processor. I’ve then rolled them in more coconut flakes, mostly because they look prettier, but you can skip this step if it’s too much effort. Heck, you don’t even have to roll them into balls if you don’t want. They’d make a great raw cookie dough – just grab a spoon, or maybe two spoons and share with a loved one. 😉
It’s this no-fuss recipe that has me coming back to these bliss balls time and again. And of course its taste! I really like this recipe because it’s a sweet but healthy treat, packed with protein and healthy fats and low in sugar. Only three dates were used in the making of these spirulina balls! Which I think is a personal record! (I’m slowly but surely weaning off my dried fruit addiction and couldn’t be happier about it). And I’ve noticed these nut based bliss balls really stick with you in comparison to the fruit based ones. I reckon it’s the addition of hemp hearts, which gives it an extra protein boost. Pop two of these balls and you’ll be set for your afternoon conference call, without falling asleep halfway through from insulin drops. The cardamom and cinnamon also adds a wonderful flavour to the bliss balls, you must try it! Adding cardamom was a bit of an experiment, but I got the idea from my detox granola bars, and I’m so glad that I did. The flavour profile is beautifully sweet, yet slightly spiced. You must try it for yourself.
I like to make these bliss balls at the beginning of the week on Sunday, so that I can have my mid-day snack readily available during the workweek. That way, instead of reaching for the lemon loaf in the Starbucks line-up I come prepared – snacking game strong.
I hope you’ll give these Blue Spirulina Bliss Balls a try. Trust me, they’re the blue balls you’ll be thankful to have!