In the next few weeks I will be creating recipes with ingredients left over from other meal preparations, to show you how to get more healthy nutritious meals using whole food sources! There is so much food wastage in todays society, people chuck away food because they are un educated on how to use all of your whole food ingredients now that every thing is bought in a packet from the supermarket. These recipes will not only save you money, they will help fuel your body with clean whole food nutrition and can also help you minimise your wastage contribution that goes into landfill ( unless your a composter of course ).
These Pumpkin and Goji Berry bliss balls are made using the left over seeds and flesh from a butternut pumpkin used to make a country style pumpkin soup. Butternut pumpkins are a naturally sweet vegetable because of their complex carbohydrates contained within. From that 1 pumpkin, we created 4 servings of soup and about 8 bliss balls! They are a nutrient dense snack, full of fibre, healthy fats, plant protein, complex carbohydrates and rich micronutrients. I know what your thinking - Pumpkin in bliss balls? YUK! Well think again :)
* A little tip- I know personally how hard it can be to get your fussy kids to eat their veggies, recipes like these can mask the vegetable taste and gets them involved in the food making process, making them more likely to consume more vegetables. *
Any left over seeds and surrounding flesh from your left over pumpkin -Any type of pumpkin is fine
1/4 cup of plant based protein powder - We use AMAZONIA
1/2 cup of hydrated goji berries
1/4 cup of almond meal
1 teaspoon of honey - Manuka honey is best as it is high in antibacterial properties.
2 dates soaked in hot water - Just enough to cover dates
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon - Add to help balance sugar levels from the added natural sugars
fine desiccated coconut to roll the balls in
1. Steam your seeds and flesh as a whole, once flesh is cooked through put in the fridge to cool completely.
2. Place the cool pumpkin seeds and flesh, vanilla paste, honey, goji berries and dates in a high powered blender to make a wet paste consistency.
3. Place all wet ingredients into a bowl and add all your dry ingredients such as almond meal, protein powder and cinnamon, staring together to create a dough thats easy to roll in your hand, at this stage it shouldn't bee too sticky.
4. This is the fun part! Roll desired sized balls in coconut and place in the fridge for an hour. Once set they are ready to eat!