The 14th of February is known as Saint Valentine’s day and these pretty pink beet bliss balls are certainly easy enough to make. And who could resist that colour? Isn’t it just so darn pretty!
So let’s dive into making an easy plant-based snack that all the family can love. The gorgeous colour of these bliss balls doesn’t come from any artificial colouring! Oh no, it comes instead from a perfectly roasted beetroot!
Why use Beetroot?
Beetroots are a naturally sweet root vegetable. You either like them or you don’t. (I happen to love them!) Being an Aussie girl… beetroots were certainly always part of my diet when growing up. Although I cannot say that they ever turned up in my desserts or sweets when I was a kid! However, now that I’m a mum, they sometimes show up in my chocolate cakes or brownies… but shhhhh, that’s my secret!
Beets are a powerhouse of dense-nutrients that really can do wonders for your body. To experience the full extent of this super-food’s powers, they really should be juiced. However today, for these beets bliss balls we are going to roast them and we’ll still get all their nutrients.
Beetroots are high in vitamin C which aids in boosting your immune system, magnesium helps your bones and liver healthy. Folate of course is naturally great for pregnant women. Plus this super-food hasn’t forgotten about our men… oh no, beetroots are also known as Mother nature’s Viagra. And that’s just a small sample of what this amazing purple root vegetable can do!
I’m pretty sure if I ever go for a blood check-up they’ll find I’m type coconut! I love the flavour of coconut and the fact that it can be added to a variety of foods. Sure, shredded coconut may not be as healthy for you as the fresh coconut. However you will get some of the nutrient benefits of iron and zinc. Just remember to eat in moderation.
Dates are delicious! Have you ever had fresh dates? I hadn’t until a few years ago. Dried dates are my go-to snack, stuffed with almonds. Dried dates are slightly chewy and sweet, nothing like the fresh date at all.
I love using dates in a variety of dishes as they are loaded in nutrients. They are high in anti-antioxidants, loaded in vitamin and minerals, keep our bones strong and healthy, improve eye vision, regulate hormones just to name but a few health benefits.
Beet bliss balls… what’s not to love? I hope you enjoy these as much as we do as they are:
- simple ingredients
- fun to make
- gluten free
- dairy free
- nut free
- pretty pink natural colouring
- lunchbox friendly
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Beet Bliss Balls
It’s easy to make these fun healthy beet bliss balls. Perfectly healthy and such a pretty pink colour.
- 10 medjool dates pitted
- 1.5 medium roasted beetroot
- 2 tspn vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded coconut + extra
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
Place the dates, beetroot and vanilla extra into a food processor. Pulse a few times, until pureed well together.
Now add the coconut and chia seeds and process again.
With wet clean hands, roll approximately 1 Tablespoon of the bliss mixture into a ball shape.
Roll the ball in the extra shredded coconut and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate 20 minutes.