Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Samoa Bliss Balls

Select products mentioned in this post were provided for free from Nutiva. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


It's 2014. All cookies should be vegan at this point. Samoas are my all time favorite Girl Scout cookie, but I haven't had one in over 10 years. There are recipes out there for vegan samoas that tend to be a little time consuming, and the question on making them really becomes "How badly do I want these suckers?". Usually not enough to spend forever in the kitchen.

Thank goodness these Samoa Bliss Balls completely satisfy my cravings for chocolate, coconut and vanilla cookies. They are so much healthier for you than the real deal, and even contain lots of good-for-you fats, fiber and protein.


Like my Thin Mint Bliss Balls these were developed when Nutiva sent me their Organic Hemp Protein Shakes. This recipe uses the vanilla flavor which is my favorite of the two. Combined with mildly flavored nuts and dates the vanilla flavor really comes through in the bliss balls.

Superfoods in every sense of the word!

These powders are so good and good for you. Just as a refresher, here's what the Nutiva website states about their super powders:
  • Delicious flavors
  • Plant-based protein
  • Made from raw hempseeds
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential
  • Essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6)
  • Good source of dietary fiber
  • Gently cold-processed
  • Never hexane processed
  • Non-irradiated
  • Always chemical free
  • non-BPA container

Every time I eat one of these I have to smile at how good I'm being to myself. The toasted coconut makes them decadent while the nuts and dates give you energy that lasts and lasts. We've been eating them before bootcamp, and just one or two sustains us through lap after lap, burpee after burpee, lunge after lunge, box jump after box jump...you get the idea! We're hooked, and you will be too.

Samoa Bliss Balls - Makes about 22
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces
  • 4 fresh, pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (I highly recommend Nutiva's Organic Vanilla Hemp Protein Shake)
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (I used Nutiva's amazing Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - More on that later)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa nibs
1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread the sweetened coconut onto a small baking sheet or skillet and toast for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown.
2. While the coconut toasts put the unsweetened coconut, cashews, dates, and hemp powder into a food processor and process until coarse. Add the agave nectar, and coconut oil and process until combined.
3. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and fold in the toasted coconut and cocoa nibs.
4. Roll the mixture into balls by the tablespoon, and place them on parchment paper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

* Full disclosure, I rolled a few balls in toasted coconut for the food picture. It's not necessary, but if yours look different from mine that's probably why!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thin Mint Bliss Balls

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thin mint bliss balls

I love bliss balls. They're easy to make, and are great mid-day and pre-workout snacks. Like making your own Lara Bars in ball form.

If you've never had them, bliss balls are little snack balls usually made from dates, nuts, and various other additives depending on the flavor trying to be achieved. They're really adaptable so flavor combinations are only as limited as your imagination.

thin mint bliss balls

I had never made a chocolate bliss ball, but I was inspired when Nutiva sent me their Organic Hemp Chocolate Protein Shake to try out.


nutiva hemp shake

I've been drinking their shakes for about a month now, and I've really fallen in love with how they make me feel. They're incredibly good for you, and made with clean ingredients that are organic, non-GMO and vegan. As stated on their website, their shakes contain:
  • Delicious flavors
  • Plant-based protein
  • Made from raw hempseeds
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential
  • Essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6)
  • Good source of dietary fiber
  • Gently cold-processed
  • Never hexane processed
  • Non-irradiated
  • Always chemical free
  • non-BPA container
I figured throwing protein powder into a bliss ball would be just about perfect, and I was right. Not only does the powder provide the chocolate flavor, but it also adds a boost of protein and fiber. 

Bliss balls are great every which way, and I really wanted to have fun with them. While most bliss balls pair chocolate with nut butters these offer a refreshingly different option. And who doesn't want something resembling a Thin Mint?

Nutiva's Organic Hemp Chocolate Protein Shake is really chocolatey, and not super sweet. If you're using a different protein powder I recommend adding a teaspoon or two of plain cocoa powder depending on how chocolatey the powder is. Just make the adjustments as needed and have fun with it!


Thin Mint Bliss Balls - Makes 18
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashew pieces
  • 4 fresh dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (I used Nutiva's amazing Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - More on that later)
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon mint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs

1. In a food processor process the almonds and cashews into a medium coarse meal. Not a powder, but no big chunks either. 
2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cacao nibs to the processor, and blend until it all comes together. You'll need to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure everything gets combined.
3. Once everything is blended pour the mixture into a bowl. It may seem crumbly, but it will smoosh together once you apply pressure. Fold in the cacao nibs with a wooden spoon or a strong spatula.
4. Roll the mixture into balls by the tablespoon, and place them on parchment paper. I got about 18. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I'm not sure how long they last because we're eating them at a very quick rate! I can say that you'll probably eat them all before they go bad. 

I have a confession: These Thin Mint Bliss Balls aren't the only Girl Scout Cookie bliss balls I made. Next week I'll be sharing a recipe inspired by my favorite GSC that has yet to go vegan: 

thin mint bliss balls
Can you guess the which one?

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