This week seems to be the week of new beginnings – the summer holidays are ending, school is starting and everyday life gets back to, yeah well, everyday life. Thankfully my university decided to give us another week off and I couldn’t be happier. It gives me a chance to catch up with my ginormous to-do list that includes everything from a dentist appointment to cleaning and prepping snacks for school.
I would say snacking is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole world except for puppies and tax refunds. I’m blessed with the most terrible blood sugar levels in history – there are days when I lay face down on the table in the lecture hall and there are also those days when I could eat my whole kitchen, including the furnishing and still feel I’m-gonna-die-hungry. Therefore snacks are pretty much essential for my (and all amazing people around me’s) survival.
People always laughs at me when I show them my school bag – apart from all the school essentials like pens and my computer I usually carry around a ziplock bag with dried fruits, dark chocolate and nuts, some kind of granola- or proteinbar and then a lunchbox. So you can probably say I’m snacking my way though university and it seems to be working fine so far, haha.
These amazing little bliss balls is a healthier option inspired by a classic Swedish cake called ‘chokladbollar’ (I have a recipe for those up on SortedFOOD, here). These little nibbles still feel like a treat despite being good for you. Soft and gooey with a rich chocolate flavor that makes it easy to gollop the whole recipe down in an afternoon.
I usually store these treats in the freezer and then put some in a container in the morning to take with me to school to save me from dying. Also, they are amazing with a coffee to fight off the after-dinner sweet craving.
2 medium sized bananas, make sure they are really ripe
2 tbs strong, cold coffee
90 g oats
3 tbs cacao powder
35 g shredded coconut
More shredded coconut, cacao powder or chopped nuts to roll them in.
The no-fuss chocolate bliss balls
Mix the bananas in a large bowl until completely smooth, this can be done with either a food processor, a handheld mixer or a fork. Pour in the coffee and give it another good mix making sure there are no lumps or banana chunks.
Add in the oats, cacao powder and shredded coconut to the coffee-banana mixture and stir until combined. Pour the shredded coconut (or something else you want to coat them in) onto a plate, form small balls of the mixture and roll them into the coconut. Allow to set up in the fridge. Stores well for a couple of days in the fridge.