Candy cane meets cookie dough (and nutritious meets delicious!) in this easy no-bake holiday recipe!
These little balls of peppermint bliss are great for snacks, dessert, or even breakfast on-the-go. They are free of gluten and processed sugar but absolutely loaded with fibre, minerals, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats!
To get the festive reddish-pink hue, I used beetroot powder. Now don't get scared off here!! Beetroot powder adds beautiful colour and amazing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with only a mild sweet, earthy flavour. Another option is to make chocolate peppermint bliss balls by using raw cacao powder instead.
Ingredients for 12-15 balls:
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
2 scoops or single packets collagen peptides (optional, see note below)
1 scoop Nuzest Clean Lean natural protein powder
1/4 cup organic beetroot powder or raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp white chia seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
stevia or sweetener of choice to taste
*Notes: I used 2 packets Crushed Tonic original crush. Each packet contains 10 grams marine collagen, 1 billion units probiotics, and 1,000 mcg biotin. For a vegan option, omit and add a second scoop of protein powder.
Put cashews, oats, coconut, collagen and/or protein powder, beetroot or cacao powder, chia seeds, and sea salt into blender container. Blend until well-ground.
Add the coconut oil and vanilla and peppermint extracts. Blend until a uniform paste is created, scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula as needed. Sweeten to taste.
Scrape mixture onto a plate or parchment paper. Roll into balls.
Enjoy as-is or store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.