Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Better than Timbits!

Of course these are better than timbits, because timbits are not even food. So really there is no comparison.(For those of you that don't live in Canada - Timbits are donut holes!) I really should have titled this post "GREAT Balls of Bliss" - because the second you let one of these little gems break apart and melt into your mouth, there is no turning back-you are in bliss. But don't have too many or you will be left with a tummy ache. Each little ball is so power packed full of nutrition - that you only need one or two to satisfy that sweet tooth or give you that much needed burst of energy. Just in case you didn't know, timbits or donuts only do the opposite - they make you tired and sluggish - not to mention there isn't one useful calorie in a donut. As they are filled with empty calories - meaning they contain refined white flour and white sugar and usually some low quality oils. Just for the record each "Bliss" ball is loaded with calcium, protein, fibre, iron, b vitamins, healthy fats and give you long lasting energy and make you feel great! So why not make something that looks just like it, is better for you and has a taste that is out of this world? Really there is not reason not to!

These little guys are so easy to make that all you need a food processor and some basic ingredients. What is also so much fun about making these, is that they are simple and they are not baked or heated. You can also sub in other ingredients and get creative every time you make them. If you or your child has nut allergies, you can use a seed based butter instead of almond butter or just just use pureed dates or figs. You also have the option of putting in all kinds of super foods like goji berries, spirulina powder, raw cacao etc... or you can just keep it to the basics like I did.

Chocolate Coconut-Almond Bliss Balls

3/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup oat bran
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup coconut flakes


1. Add nut butter, tahini, and maple syrup to a bowl or food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Add sesame seeds, cocoa powder, oat bran and quinoa flakes and blend until mixture becomes like dough.
3. Scrape down sides of food processor as necessary. Spread coconut on a plate.
4. Rolled mixture into 1-inch balls and rolls in shredded coconut.
5. Cover and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.


alisa said...

Oh my, these are so easy to make! And way better than donut holes IMHO!I found you on the foodieblogroll and thought i'd say hello, but after reading your cool posts here I'd love to bring over our readers to your site, just add this little foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

essteeyou said...

those look delicious! i must make them.

Summer Olympics 2009 said...

i love it!! and my family loves it too!

Quick Question:

I can't wrap my finger on "old-fashioned quaker oats." I buy the costco 4.5lb box b/c it's cheaper than steel cut oats, especially in bulk. In the ingredients, it lists only the oats so hopefully no preservatives, hfcs, etc. But is it healthy? Or, is there something bad I don't know. If not, i'll invest in some quinoa flakes or steel cut oats. I eat oatmeal every morning!

Thanks! =)

Marni Wasserman said...

Are the oats you are buying from costco organic? this really makes a difference in the quality of the oats, if nothing else is listed in the ingredients then nothing should be there.

In this particular recipe - steel cut oats wouldn't work - they would be too tough. However steel cut oats are amazing for breakfast! Quinoa flakes work great in this recipe as would rolled oats.
I hope this helps!