Tigernut Cookie Dough Bliss Balls

 

Cookies and milk for Santa. It’s an age-old classic which keeps kids (and the adults) happy every year.

 

However, the old cookie dough isn’t so friendly on poor Santa’s waistline. Or blood sugar. And did we mention it’s not gluten free – argh!

 

Never fear, we are here with a delicious solution to these diet dilemmas. Tigernut Cookie Dough Bliss Balls! These little bundles of bliss have no added nasties so will keep Santa feeling tip-top as he delivers his goodies around the house. They are also nut-free, gluten-free, and perfect for the Paleo diet.

 

Ingredients:

 

– 1 cup of Tigernut flour
– 1/3 cup of natural protein powder
– ¼ cup of dairy free chocolate chips
– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or powder
– 1/4 cup of melted cacao butter
– 1/4 cup of tahini
– Up to 3 tablespoons of water
– 1 pinch of sea salt
Optional (if you want to make them a little sweeter): 1/2 tsp of stevia, or replace some tahini with some honey.
Optional: 1 tablespoon of mesquite powder
Optional: 1 tablespoon of maca powder

 

Method:

 

1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine melted cacao butter, tahini and vanilla (if using paste) with a spoon.
3. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine with a wooden spoon or with your hands until well combined.
4. Test the mixture to see how well it holds together, if it’s still a bit dry and crumbly add 1 tablespoon of water, mix and test again. Add another tablespoon water if needed (repeat until it holds together in a bliss ball well).
5. Once the mixture comes together use your hands to give the mix a bit of knead to ensure everything is well pressed together.
6. Make your balls by breaking off pieces of the dough and forming into balls around the size of a 20c piece.
7. Store the cookie dough protein balls in the fridge until they are nice and firm. These balls are best eaten when cold to maintain their fudge-like texture.

 

Recipe Credits: Penny Benjamin Nutritionist
Website: www.pennybenjamin.com.au
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