Brain food

Happy Hump Day Folks!

Over the past few months Alex has been busy studying for his big emergency medicine exams. It’s not uncommon that he is so engrossed in his study that he forgets to eat.

Clearly when it comes to us, opposites attract. I never forget to eat. In fact, I’m always dreaming of my next meal even before I’ve finished what I’m currently eating #dietitianlife.

I tend to think about food even more when I’m studying [procrastination technique perhaps?]. I guess the fact that I’m studying the science of food doesn’t really help my salivating situation.

I decided to make him a nourishing, bite sized snack that was readily available and would keep him on track with his studying.

I know I’m a little late on the whole bliss ball bandwagon but I decided to give them a try.

After googling a few recipes for inspiration, I came up with my own version…

Tess’ bliss balls



  • 2 cups (roughly) of Medjool dates
  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut with extra to dust
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons of Archies blend [see note below] to dust



  • Blend dates and nuts on high speed for approximately 30 seconds – [I used my Thermomix but a food processor would be just fine]
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add coconut, cacao powder and goji berries
  • Blend on high speed for approximately 1 minute – until mixture forms together
  • Roll into balls and dust with coconut or Archie’s blend
  • Place covered in fridge to set


Serves 20


Handy Tips:

  • I sourced all of my ingredients [except the Archie’s blend] from The Source Bulk Wholefoods. I am in love with this store. They have everything you need. Wholesome, real, nutrient dense ingredients. I’m always in heaven every time I visit!
  • Medjool dates have pips! I forgot this important step and was perplexed as to why my Thermomix was making peculiar noises… I think I managed to remove the pips when rolling the balls. Regardless I’m sure it will wake Alex up when he is eating them #sorrybabe.
  • Archies blend – I purchased this from Oasis Bakery in Murumbeena. Yet another one of my feel good stores. Archie’s blend is a mixture of LSA, chia seeds, quinoa, coconut and other goodies. It is not necessary to use this in the recipe however I had it in my pantry and thought why not?



Adaptations to the recipe:

  • Next time I plan on adding in some chia seeds just to give an extra dose of omega 3 fatty acids
  • Pitted dates would be an appropriate substitution to Medjool dates. I plan on using these next time (they are much cheaper) however am unsure if this will affect the texture
  • Goji berries were a fun addition, could easily be substituted for cranberries or other dried fruit
  • Almonds and cashews were chosen based on my taste preference. Any nut mix would be appropriate to use



Why bliss balls as a study snack?


  • They are a source of protein, fibre, omega 3 and non-haeme iron


All key factors to keep Alex’s brain alert and functioning optimally for study.


  • Oh and did I mention they taste great too?




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I also made another batch of the Gingerbread Granola. You can see my previous blog post about it here.



Tess xoxox

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