Tahini, Sunflower & Fig Bliss Balls

EXHIBIT A:

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You may have seen these types of balls in stores selling for an exorbitant 3-4$ each, but this version comes out to less than a dollar a ball (I call it the Scrooge Strategy). That’s substantial savings, if you ask me.

Input: No bake, no fuss, no prep and no upper or lower body strength required. If you can’t take a hint: this is the perfect snack to make if you lead a busy lifestyle.

Output: Highly nutritious, perfectly chewy balls that are a good source of interesting minerals such as phosphorous*, calcium, iron and folate. These balls provide a burst of energy to plough through the day, gung-ho.

*Did you know: phosphorous is a mineral that is as important for bone and teeth health as calcium. We are taught from a young age that our bodies require calcium for healthy bones, when in reality, our bodies require a trifecta of calcium + magnesium + phosphorous for all of our 206 bones and pearly whites. In this recipe, the tahini (sesame) and sunflower seeds team up to serve up a healthy dose of precious phosphorous. Not only does phosphorous work wonders for our skeletons, it is also a part of every cell in our body. Phosphorous is us and we are phosphorous.

Honourable mention: sunflower kernels are an Ali Baba’s cave of zinc** (naturally aid our immune system, and partake in our body’s sense of smell, interestingly), B-complex vitamins (energizing and metabolism enhancing) and vitamin E (great for protecting the integrity of our cells).

**Why is zinc so good for immunity? It helps the body produce white blood cells and T-cells to ward off infection.

You’re probably just wanting to know how to make these delicious bliss balls, eh? You’ve read through enough, here is the recipe as a reward. 🙂

Feel free to play around with the ingredients: add oats, different nuts, different fruits, different spices.

Ingredients:

Yields 26-30 balls

  • 1 cup dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 12 dried figs
  • 8 fresh figs
  • 1 cup tahini

Instructions:

1. Throw all ingredients into a blender and whizz away.

2. Roll into balls and store in fridge of freezer

EXHIBIT B:

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Yummo!

Savour with a cup of tea, as part of your breakfast, as a dessert or before or after a workout.

These lead to a happy state…

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