November 19, 2015

Healing, Happiness & Raw Vegan Strawberry Bliss Balls

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GOOD HELLO FRIENDS! Can you believe that Santa will be here in just 35 sleeps? #whaaaat It has been on like Donkey Kong in my world, the hospitality industry has kicked it up a gear with nonstop events and partying, as well as a bunch of fun gigs for me too.

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My journey to good health post grueling conversation with the doctor 3 months ago has been a time of restoration and healing and returning to the things I love with a stronger, braver and happier heart.
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There really is something about speaking your truth that kicks fear in the butt, because all my days are now filled with sunshine and rainbows.

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It’s crazy to find that not consuming gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol & caffeine has been the key to my success. My new found relationship with food has reignited my love of cooking, I am back in the kitchen creating and crafting delicious, wholesome and healthy foods.

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I’m finding delight in even the simplest dishes. Discovering foods that make my body happy has been rewarding, especially finding stand out sweet treats (thanks NQN) when I just can’t fight those sugar cravings. Enter Raw Vegan Strawberry Bliss Balls.

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These bliss balls taste just like dessert, are a great snack idea to give you a boost of energy, are super simple to prepare and just require a quick whiz in the food processor and bonus…. they are a healthier alternative. 

So tell me Dear Reader, what’s your go to healthy snack?

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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes

• 1 cup fresh strawberries
• 2 cups slivered almonds
• 2 cups moist shredded coconut plus 1 extra cup to roll the balls in
• 1/2 cup dried goji berries
• 1/2 roasted beetroot (optional, for the pink colour)
• 6 medjool dates, seeds removed
• 3-4 tablespoons rice malt syrup

Step 1 – Add the strawberries, almonds, 2 cups of the coconut, goji berries, beetroot (if using), dates and rice malt syrup to a food processor until it becomes smooth and rollable.

Step 2 – Line a plate with the extra coconut and have a tray set aside for the balls. It makes the job a little easier if your hands are slightly damp but not wet. Use a teaspoon to get a 50cent sized ball and then roll in the coconut. Refrigerate for a few hours. Store in the fridge.

Note: if your mix is too runny, add some more ground almonds to the mixture. If you just use strawberries, the mixture turns a grey colour, which is fine but not a really appetising colour. Adding the beetroot gives it that bright pink shade. These balls will last in your freezer for 2 weeks and are equally delicious if stored in the fridge, once set.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Marge Gavan - February 9, 2016 Reply

Hi Anna,

I can’t imagine living my life without sugar and caffeine, but I’m glad that it has going well for you. I wish I could say that I can cook too, because I can’t, not because I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t have the kitchen for it (I’m living in a dormitory).

Those bliss balls look like they are going to make me happy indeed hahaha… As with your question, I don’t really have a go to healthy snack.

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    Hey Marge, not gonna lie, it wasnt easy to give up caffeine and sugar, but once you crack through the initial pain, you dont miss it. Boy oh boy… do you miss cooking?
    The bliss balls are magic, maybe these will become your go to healthy snack. 🙂

Rosemarie - February 7, 2016 Reply

Those energy balls look amazing. The colour makes me want to just grab them and pop a few in my mouth.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Teehee…. they make my household go a little crazy too. 🙂 Last batch I made around 50 bliss balls, the entire lot were eaten in around 3 days. I suspect many were grabbed and stuffed in pie holes. 🙂

Lauren - February 7, 2016 Reply

Wow, you’ve had some amazing experiences by the looks of the photos – well done! Thank you for the healthy recipe, it’ll get me back into shape after Christmas when I have sweet cravings and it doesn’t have a million ingredients. Amazing, thank you!

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Hah, yes, they really are a lovely sweet treat and you can have a few extra because they are basically health food. 🙂
    Enjoy love!

Elissa - February 7, 2016 Reply

Great to hear your story, all the best as your journey continues. I love a good energy ball, will have to try this combo.

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for your support Elissa, and I thank you for your well wishes, life just keeps getting better! 🙂
    These energy balls are amazing, like REALLY amazing.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - February 7, 2016 Reply

There’s nothing better than food that tastes amazing AND is good for you! Thanks for the recipe, and glad to hear you’re feeling better 🙂

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    I hear that, and these bliss balls are AMAZING. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - February 7, 2016 Reply

Oh what a wonderful and healthy treat! These look gorgeous. And glad you are feeling better.

mjskitchen - December 4, 2015 Reply

I’m so glad your new way of eating is working out for you. It’s amazing how food can make us feel. These bliss balls are so lovely and after looking through the ingredients I see two things – fabulous flavors and a soft, but yet crunchy texture. Love these!

    Anna - December 7, 2015 Reply

    It’s AMAZING just how dramatically food can make us feel.
    The bliss balls are so delicious, a real winner in my household.
    Hope you enjoy them if you make them. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - November 27, 2015 Reply

OMG! These are so perfect for Christmas!
I love that you used beetroot for the colouring, I have some growing in the garden 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing
Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - November 27, 2015 Reply

    They really are huh? Ahhhhw who am I kidding, they are fabulous for any ol time. 🙂
    The beetroot tip is a beauty huh?
    Hope you enjoy. Happy weekend to you. 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - November 26, 2015 Reply

Loved to see all the pics from your events. These energy balls look delicious. My fave healthy snack to munch on is quite simple: baby carrots! The only work I do is to open the bag. 🙂

    Anna - November 26, 2015 Reply

    The bliss balls are sooooo tasty!
    Hahaha! Baby, medium or large carrots are one of my go to healthy snacks too. YARM!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - November 25, 2015 Reply

You look great! Glad to hear you’re feeling better as well. This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it out for myself. 🙂

    Anna - November 25, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Sweets! Feeling so much better, and amazed that eating delicious treats like the bliss balls is totes legit and good for me. 🙂
    Let me know what you think when you try.

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Liz (Good Things) - November 23, 2015 Reply

Ooooh, lovely to hear you sounding so happy and looking so good! Love, love, love these little blass balls xx

    Anna - November 24, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Lady! Super big thanks for your kind and loving words and support. I am really blessed to have you in my world. Biiiig loves. xo

Kris Johnston - November 23, 2015 Reply

Wonderful to see that you are still enjoying the benefits of eating what the body needs. Food can truly be healing as well as yummy.
I think these bliss balls are my new dessert now. They look dang good. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Anna - November 23, 2015 Reply

    Yeah I am! I am loving how my body is responding to the diet change. Crazy that all that bad stuff happening with my system was a result of eating foods my body didn’t dig. Let me know what you think when you try the bliss balls? I’ve got an epic dessert coming to the blog soon that I reckon you will go cray for it. 🙂

Mabel Kwong - November 22, 2015 Reply

I too can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. Me and my family don’t celebrate the occasion, but it’s certainly not hard to notice and get caught up in the festive spirit – a lot of my friends are big on this holiday.

It is so good to hear you are much more healthier and happier, big sis! So proud of you for coming through strong. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free…wow. It is a big change to your diet 🙂 I am trying to kick the habit of eating processed chocolate you get off the shelves. It’s so hard and it’s the only kind of sweets I eat. Apart from that, I’m a savoury person all the way 😀

The strawberry balls look so cute and scrumptious! Anything with coconut or coconut flakes on it makes me go week at the knees 😀 Hope you had a good weekend big sis. Big squishy hugs your way and talk soon 🙂 <3

    Anna - November 23, 2015 Reply

    Christmas is something we celebrate in my family, but we havent really done so for nearly a decade, my Mom and I normally hop a plane somewhere exotic. This year we are going all out, I even set the tree up on Saturday (I know, it’s early). 🙂
    I didnt go vegan, but I have cut out the gluten, dairy, sugar & booze. The few times I have strayed and included in my diet, I have paid for it. 🙁 Thanks for being a super sister, your love and support is awesome. You are AWESOME!
    Wowza, cutting processed chocolate would be difficult, what have you switched to?
    You might enjoy these bliss balls, you could do a chocolate version. They are delicious. 🙂
    Wishing you the BEST week ahead little one, all the love and hugs, rainbows and sunshine heading your way. xox

      Mabel Kwong - November 26, 2015 Reply

      Hope you have a good Christmas at home this year, big sis! It sounds like it will be an exciting and cozy time for you 🙂

      I haven’t found a substitute for processed chocolate (I love KitKats, that is my weakness). But I do find the more pressed juices I drink, the more full I feel and the less likely I am to reach for a chocolate bar 😀

        Anna - November 27, 2015 Reply

        Thanks lovely one! I reckon it will be a really great Christmas, I am so looking forward to taking the time out. Wish we lived closer, I’d come hang with you for a few days.
        KitKats huh? I used to have a thing for those Twilight after dinner mints, so much so I asked my bosses to buy me a box for Christmas one year. LOL! So I totes understand weening yourself off delicious sweet treats. 🙂 WOAH! That is the ultimate, I am so pleased the pressed juices are actually filling the cravings, your body must of required those nutrients. Good stuff!

Ms Frugal Ears - November 22, 2015 Reply

Lovely recipe, and lovely to see you looking so happy.

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Thanks sweets! I feel so blessed to be living this amazing life. 🙂 Life is GOOD!

Alice - November 20, 2015 Reply

Congrats again on your awesome entry Anna!!! I think it’s an amazing time for you & change is best for the body & soul when it’s healing! The Strawberry bliss balls look good. Enjoy your new found creativity!

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Thank you my friend! And thank you so much for your support and friendship this past many months too. Mwah!
    It really has been magic to feel and see the changes with my body, and being back in the kitchen…. #BEST

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - November 20, 2015 Reply

Aww darling Anna I’m so glad to hear that you’re back on track. Our health is so precious isn’t it! And thank you for the gorgeous shoutout. Big kisses!! Do you mind if I share this on my facebook page? xxx

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Our health is sooooo important! I know I should have known this, but I was/am blown away to find that food so heavily affected my body, mind & soul.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the amazing sweet treats that have saved me from hitting up a drive thru for a dessert that most certainly would have kicked me back health wise. The all fruit ice-cream is a big WINNER! 🙂

    And YES PLEASE to the shout out on your FB page, that would be amazing. Woah!

    Biiiig squishy hugs headed your way. Hope your weekend is fabulous. xoxoxo

Krista - November 20, 2015 Reply

I’m so very happy for you, luv! You sound light and happy and free. Wishing you continued healing and joy. 🙂

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Thanks friend! xox I am feeling really REALLY great, life is good. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - November 20, 2015 Reply

Love how you use the beetroot to get the colour right! And I am glad you are loving food again 🙂

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    That fabulous beetroot tip was from NQN! 🙂
    And meeeee too re food, it is one of the best things about this whole experience.

Elizabeth - November 20, 2015 Reply

Hello Anna,
so Happy you are back in the kitchen experimenting again and yes… the food you eat make a huge impact on your life. I’m not gluten intolerant but I do find that I feel better if I don’t eat too much! I love your little bliss balls, no you really will have to get a Thermomix as there are some amazzzzzballs gluten free bread recipes out there in blog land 🙂
Liz xx

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Good Hello Lovely Liz. 🙂
    Crazy the way food has such an impact on our systems huh? Yeah, I think a lot of Australian’s have a slight intolerance to gluten. I was speaking with a gal from France a while back and she said gluten intolerance was almost unheard of, she thought it was higher here in Australia because we have SO much variety and our bodies just cannot handle the overload. Makes sense I guess!
    Haha, one of these days I will have to clear out my kitchen, I seriously have an appliance for EVERYTHING. It’d be good to just have the one. Dont you worry, you are the first person I will contact when it comes time to buy. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - November 20, 2015 Reply

These look freakin AMAZING! And so do you! I know it’s cheesy, but it seems we really are what we eat!!

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Haha… Nawh thanks buddy, I am feeling pretty fab these days. 🙂
    And the bliss balls, TOTES delicious too. Nothing cheesy about it, its true.

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - November 20, 2015 Reply

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been less that bubbly – I must have missed that blog post while I was swanning around Europe. However, I’m very pleased to see that you are back in the pink again (see what I did there?).
These bliss balls look gorgeous and just the thing to brighten up the afternoon slump.

    Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Amanda, you didn’t miss anything much, especially now I am back up and running.
    Oh yeah… swanning around Europe sounds freakin’ fabulous. 🙂
    Hahaha, I do indeed see what you did there, very cleaver. LOL!
    The bliss balls went down a super treat in my house hold, I made around 40 and they were all gobbled up in a week.

Hannah - November 20, 2015 Reply

So many happy faces!

My go to health snack is fruit. It is delicious AND nutritious!
However you cant have too much or it’s too much sugar.
Everything in moderation seems to be key.

However if moderation isn’t your thing and sugar highs are your friend I recommend grabbing a punnet of raspberries and poking chocolate chips in the holes(my favorite are white chocolates). Delicious and mostly nutritious!

    Anna - November 20, 2015 Reply

    I noted & decided that we haven’t been hanging out enough, we havent got up to any shenHANNAHgans in ages.
    Fruit is delicious, especially mango. Mmmm!
    Yep, everything in moderation is totes the key.
    Hahahahaha…. you make me smile, I l<3VE that idea so much! If you used white chocolate, its almost a Christmas treat. #deliciousandmostlynutritious

      Hannah - November 20, 2015 Reply

      Well only one way to fix that.
      Lets do all the things!!!!!

      #deliciousandmostlynutritious should 100% be a thing!

        Anna - November 22, 2015 Reply

        Deal! I look forward to our next adventure. 🙂
        And….. #deliciousandmostlynutritious is 100% a thing.

Jess - November 20, 2015 Reply

These sound so delish Anna, thank you for the beautiful goodies – you are phenomenal and I am very glad to hear you’re feeling full of life and back to your bouncy self! 🙂

    Anna - November 20, 2015 Reply

    They are amazingly tasty, zero guilt when you have a couple too. 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed your goodies, sorry if a couple of them got stuck together, I didnt think about the whole transporting them bit.
    Thanks for being a fabulous friend, I am so grateful you are a part of my life. MWAH! xox

Mandy - November 19, 2015 Reply

Darling Anna, I am so happy you are up and at em again. I commend you for being able to stick to not consuming all the things you shouldn’t. Not sure I would fare so well. You are an inspiration and I absolutely adore your strawberry bliss balls.
Have a beautiful and happy weekend ahead.
Love and hugs to you sweet lady from a very hot SA.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - November 20, 2015 Reply

    Miss Mandy! Biiiiig squishy hugs hello. 🙂
    The detox was difficult, but only lasted a week or so, following that it really has been fun to cook and create healthy foods. Plus, not having the headaches was motivation enough to keep eating clean.
    Wishing you an amazing weekend ahead too. Lotsa love. xox

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