Amazing Sweet And Super Easy Date Bliss Balls
These are an amazing sweet treat that literally only take ten minutes to whip up and one hour to set in the freezer. They even taste good without being set and are just like caramel.
The dates provide a natural sugar hit to satisfy any sweet cravings and when combined with the almonds they create an amazing protein boost snack to keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Whole Almonds (with Skins) Provide Most Heart Healthy Benefits
New research on almonds adds to the growing evidence that eating whole foods is the best way to promote optimal health.
The flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately, shows a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Twenty potent antioxidant flavonoids were identified in almond skins in this study, some of which are well known as major contributors to the health benefits derived from other foods, such as the catechins found in green tea, and naringenin, which is found in grapefruit.
“We have identified a unique combination of flavonoids in almonds,” said Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., senior scientist and director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at Tufts University. “Further blood tests demonstrated that eating almonds with their skins significantly increases both flavonoids and vitamin E in the body. This could have significant health implications, especially as people age.”
Blumberg’s team tested the effects of almond skin’s flavonoids alone and then in combination with the vitamin E found in almond meat on blood samples containing LDL cholesterol. While almond skin flavonoids alone enhanced LDL’s resistance to oxidation by 18%, when almond meat’s vitamin E was added, LDL’s resistance to oxidation was extended by 52.5%!
“The synergy between the flavonoids and vitamin E in almonds demonstrates how the nutrients in whole foods such as almonds can impact health,” says Dr. Blumberg.
Two other studies have recently confirmed the heart-healthy benefits offered by whole almonds:
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which found that, as part of a diet rich in heart healthy foods such as soy, viscous fiber and plant sterols, almonds can reduce cholesterol levels as much as first generation statin drugs.
And a second study by the same research team, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and found that, as part of the same heart healthy eating plan, almonds can reduce C-reactive protein, a marker of artery-damaging inflammation, as much as statin drugs. Need more reasons to make almonds a staple in your healthy way of eating? Ounce for ounce, almonds are the one of the most nutritionally dense nuts. As well as providing an array of powerful flavonoids, almonds are among the richest sources of vitamin E in the diet.
- 1 cup of dates (Medjool dates or dried dates soaked in boiling water for a minute until soft)
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Place the dates, almonds, maple syrup and vanilla extract into a food processor and blitz until all combined and it has turned into a nice, golden thick paste.
- Roll all of the mixture into small balls and place on a plate and put them in the freezer to set for one hour.
- Once they have set place them into a container and leave them in the freezer for up to a month – eat and enjoy!
- This recipe requires a food processor.
- These date balls don't require any cooking time they just need up to one hour in the freezer to set. They also need to be kept in the freezer to ensure they don't go soggy.
Recipe Credit: Mia