INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

By
Kate Bradley
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9871743793572

From the very beginning of my journey into plant-based eating, it was a challenge to find tasty recipes that met my allergy and dietary requirements head on. Bliss bites have been one of my best discoveries; they’re so fail-safe and now I find myself making them regularly.

They were a revelation to me and I like to think of them as a ‘healthy’ truffle – easy to make and filled with great, nutritious ingredients. Bliss bites have been a godsend on the cooking front too as there isn’t much that can go wrong when you make them. This wasn’t the case when I first started making plant-based alternatives to all my favourite foods. As in... “I know, I’ll make a healthy chocolate cake with no refined sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, fat or nuts in it. What could possibly go wrong?” Absolutely everything.

In the early days of my plant-based cooking, half my experiments ended up resembling inedible pieces of (expensive) cardboard, or some sort of crumbly disaster. Lucky for me I have a boyfriend who wouldn’t let even the worst of my experiments go to waste. Thanks, Bulut!

But when it came to making bliss bites, there were never any issues of failure. It seemed that I could just throw any combination of ingredients into my food processor, then out would come some delicious mixture that could be rolled into bite-sized bites and eaten. So, so simple. I tell you, these things are pure genius.

After a few experiments, bliss bites of every conceivable variety began to make their way into my weekly food prep routine. I loved the fact I could make big batches of them, each with their own health purpose and benefits, then refrigerate or freeze them for whenever the bliss-ball urge struck. I could take them to university as a great energy-boosting, inbetween- class snack for myself (and a during-class-snack, to avoid falling asleep). I could feed them to my sport-mad brother to ensure he was getting plenty of protein in his diet, and give them to my mum, who has a habit of forgetting to eat during the day. This is a problem I’ve certainly never had – actually, it’s more the opposite case for me.

Something else I really love about bliss bites is that everyone and anyone can make them. You don’t need to be an experienced cook as there’s nothing technical about the process at all. If you can measure ingredients, press the button on a food processor or blender and use your hands to roll small amounts of a mixture into balls, you’re there.

When I first started eating plant-based foods, I was quite intimidated by many of the recipes I found. They were complex, filled with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and that I had no idea about sourcing. The recipes seemed totally unrealistic to make due to their ingredient cost – especially on a student’s budget. Although it’s six years since my initial move to plant-based eating, and the hard-to-find, unpronounceable ingredients are thankfully more accessible now, it’s still easy to be overwhelmed by some of the recipes you encounter.

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