Truth is, we thought of making these amazing little delights last year before Pride. What can we say, life and work got hectic and we sat on this one until #Pride2018.
Ever since the launch of the #SmurfLatte in Australia, we have been eager to try E3Live’s Blue Majik powder. Yup, we too follow health-foodie crazes with a critical eye and palate! We discovered that the product is full of some incredible brain boosting, mental health supporting goodness. It became clear we had to create something beautiful and blissful. And so, the Unicorn Bliss Ball was born.
Now that you know the origin story, let’s dive into the nutrient profile and recipe!
The recipe is simple. The only major kitchen tool you need is a food processor or blender with the pulse feature. The base mixture is mainly made up of cashews, shredded coconut and lemon.
The high antioxidant content of cashews decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cashews are also an excellent source of magnesium which promotes heart and nervous system health. The flavonoids contained in cashews have been shown to reduce cancer cells proliferation.
Coconut is a great source of saturated fats proven to reduce cholesterol and inflammation, while supporting brain health. Coconut also offers anti-oxidant benefits, helps with cellular hydration and fat burning. Coconuts are an excellent source of fibre and has been used nutritionally to calm the mucosal lining of the digestive tract helping people who live with IBS, Chrohn’s, colitis and ulcers. The anti-fungal and anti-viral properties help rid the body of yeast, fungus and parasites too.
Did you know that conventional food colouring that you buy in little plastic bottles is toxic? Food dyes, synthesized originally from coal tar and now petroleum, have long been controversial. Many dyes have been banned because of their adverse effects on laboratory animals, including: allergic reactions, hyperactivity, kidney damage, cancers and tumours. Some are still on the shelves according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest.
That’s why we are dedicated to food-based, natural colouring for our recipes.
For blue, we used E3Live’s Blue Majik. It is derived from spirulina, which is packed with B vitamins, minerals, and a surprisingly nice dose of protein. The beautiful blue hue comes from C-phycocyanin, a protein with antioxidant qualities and the ability to reduce inflammation, as shown in a 2016 study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. However, if you find the algae upsetting to your stomach, you could also use blueberry juice.
Ground turmeric was our colour source for yellow bringing along with it powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Though to truly unlock those powers, we’d have to add pepper to the mixture and well, that wasn’t the vibe we’re going for in these lemony bliss balls. Since turmeric is a powerful flavour, we added a bit more lemon juice and maple syrup to this portion of the mixture.
And finally, we used fresh-pressed beet, apple, lemon and cucumber juice for the pink. This juice is already super tasty and made the pink mix super tasty.
The final recipe is solely plant-based, requires no baking, and by nature of the ingredients is gluten-free and sugar-free.
UNICORN BLISS BALL RECIPE
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut (finely shredded)
- zest of one large lemon
- juice of half a lemon (or full lemon)
- ½ tsp concentrated natural vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup
- *extra unsweetened shredded coconut for decoration
- *almond or coconut milk optional for softening mixture when adding powdered food based colour
FOOD BASED COLOUR OPTIONS
- Yellow = ground turmeric
- Green = matcha tea powder or liquid chlorophyll
- Pink = beet juice
- Blue = blueberry juice or spirulina
- Place the ingredients into a food processor in the order listed above. Pulse a few time and then blend until the mixture resembles a sticky crumb.
- Separate out portions of the mixture based on the number of colours you’d like to use.
- Once you have mixed your colours in, taste the each portions and add more lemon or maple syrup to reduce any over powering flavours that you don’t want in the overall balls.
- Use your hands to grab some of each colour and shape the mixture into multi-colour balls. Or do the layered effect.
- Roll the balls in the extra coconut and place onto parchment paper lined sheet or container place.
- Place in the refrigerator to set. After set store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.