Your bliss bite starter kit

Your bliss bite starter kit

Kate Bradley
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Hardie Grant Books

So you want to be a bliss baller? Consider this your extended starter pack – from the must-haves, to the nice-to-haves, to the luxury items. With these, you’ll be able to make delicious balls and snacks whenever you please. Of course, you don’t need to buy every ingredient here, and you don’t need to fill your pantry all at once either. But having a good mix of some of the following will make it a lot easier when you want to get ballin’ and don’t want to make a special shopping excursion to do so.

Starter pack essentials

• variety of nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamias and peanuts)

• nut and seed butters (e.g. sesame, almond and coconut)

• flax seeds (linseeds)

• sunflower seeds

• chia seeds

• pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

• sesame seeds (black and white)

• linseed (flax seed) meal

• medjool dates

• desiccated coconut

• shredded coconut

• ground almonds

• arrowroot/tapioca flour

• quinoa

• sushi rice

• arborio rice

• millet

• gluten-free oats

• oils (grapeseed and coconut)

• sweeteners (maple syrup, rice malt syrup and raw honey)

• coconut cream • coconut milk • coconut water

• nut and seed milks (e.g. almond, cashew, hemp and sesame)

• cider vinegar

• tamari

• sparkling water

• tinned beans (e.g. chickpeas, black beans, cannellini [lima] beans)

• frozen berries

• ground spices (e.g. turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger)

• raw chocolate

• cacao powder

• nutritional yeast

• gluten-free breadcrumbs

• spirulina/super greens powder

• salt flakes

• baking powder

• baking soda

Nice to have

• dried fruits (e.g. blueberries, apricots, mango, peach and strawberries)

• goji berries

• coconut flakes

• beetroot (beet) powder

• rolled buckwheat

• quinoa flakes

• puffed quinoa

• brown rice puffs

• kimchi

• dukkah

• za’atar

• cacao nibs

• psyllium husks

• wakame and kelp

• carob powder

• miso paste

• matcha powder

• vanilla powder

• natural vanilla extract

• acai powder

• maca powder

• plant-based protein powder (e.g. vanilla, chocolate, berry or unflavoured)

• maple syrup

• hemp seeds

• coconut flour

• coconut sugar

• buckwheat flour

• tinned artichokes

• cacao butter

Icing on the cake

• inca berries

• raspberry powder

• bee pollen

• caramelised buckwheat

• liquid smoke

• reishi powder

• chlorella powder

• camu camu powder

• cordyceps powder

• lucuma powder

• mesquite powder

• coconut nectar

• agave nectar

• LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix)

• rosewater

• orange blossom water

Activating ingredients

Activating ingredients, such as nuts, seeds and buckwheat groats, helps to break down chemical compounds that interfere with the absorption of nutrients. Activating also helps start the sprouting, or germination, process, which makes nuts and seeds easier to digest. You can buy ready-activated ingredients from most health food shops, but it’s cheaper to make your own.

To activate your nuts or seeds, place 280 g nuts in a bowl and cover with water. Add 2 teaspoons salt to the water and mix well. Cover the bowl with a tea towel (dish towel) and leave to soak for 7–12 hours, or overnight. (Almonds may take longer – up to 14 hours – to soak.) Strain the nuts, then spread them out on a baking tray. Transfer to an oven preheated to the lowest possible temperature (usually between 50–65˚C) and leave to dry for 12–24 hours. Ensure the nuts are completely dry and crunchy before removing them from the oven as still-damp nuts can turn mouldy. Once completely cool, store your activated nuts and seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator or in a sterilised jar (see below) at room temperature for up to 3 months.

Sterilising jars

Glass jars used for storing and preserving need to be sterilised before use to avoid contamination. To sterilise jars, remove the lids and wash the jars thoroughly in warm soapy water. Place jars, mouths up, on a baking tray and place in a low oven until completely dried. The lids should be boiled for 10 minutes and left to air-dry on a clean tea towel.


Recipes in this book are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Recipes using fresh and/or raw ingredients are best kept in the freezer if they will not be consumed within the first few days of making.

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