I don’t mean to toot my own horn, BUT these bliss ball are the best ones I’ve ever made by far, and they’re probably some of the best I’ve ever eaten too. Like top 3 best for sure. (Nothing is better than the cookie dough bites from Hu Kitchen – seriously, go try them if you live in NYC)
But back to THESE BALLS. These Coconut. Lemon. COLLAGEN. Fat. Balls are LIFE
I’m not exaggerating guys. Seriously go make them now and thank me later.
They have no added sugar, no gluten, no dairy, NO NUTS or SEEDS (like basically impossible with these kinds of balls) and they’re Paleo and AIP friendly!!
The number of pinterest searches I’ve done over the past couple of months for “AIP bliss balls” is countless and I could never find anything that seemed good or that didn’t include random ingredients that I didn’t have on hand *cough* tigernut flour *cough*
So I decided to finally make my own! Because I need bliss balls in my life to be able to snack on and just have ready to go if I need a little somethin’
The idea for these came into my head one day when I was walking on the treadmill of all places. Because naturally I’m thinking about food while I’m working out. I immediately had to go make them, and luckily I had all the ingredients already in my kitchen!
Before we get into the recipe, I want to talk a little about collagen.
I’ve been using collagen consistently for at least 6 months at this point, and I can totally notice the difference! My nails a a lot stronger and don’t break as often and my hair grew so much faster than it used to since the last time I cut it.
There are 2 kinds of collagen – beef collagen (or collagen peptides), which comes from the bones and cartilage of beef, and marine collagen which comes from the scales or skin of fish – usually cod.
But let’s back up – what is collagen and why should we take it?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and it helps bind everything together.
Collagen protein makes up between 25 – 30% of the total protein in the human body. You can think of it as the glue or scaffolding that holds everything together nice and tight. source
We naturally produce collagen in our bodies, but once we hit our 20’s we start to produce less and less of it. That’s why we slowly begin to experience things like wrinkles, joint pain, gut issues, etc. as we get older. So collagen supplements to the rescue!
Collagen is also a great source of protein (as I said before, it IS a protein), but it’s not a complete protein, meaning it doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids. That’s why it wasn’t really seen as a thing we should be taking for so many years. People thought – it’s not a complete protein so why waste our time when we can get all the amino acids from things like whey, pea, hemp, or rice protein? But even though it’s not complete and contains non-essential amino acids, it’s still a good supplement to include in your diet since it has so many other benefits!
Some benefits of collagen:
- Improves hair, skin, and nails
- Improves gut health
- Helps with joint pain
- Reduces inflamation
- Slows aging / prevents wrinkles
- Lowers cholesterol and helps improve overall cardiovascular health
- Improves hormone health
- Improves digestion
It really is amazing!
Collagen is found in bone broth, but it’s also sold in powder form which is way easier to include in your every day diet than having to make bone broth all the time. The powder form can be mixed into smoothies, bulletproof coffee, or even just water. It dissolves in both hot and cold liquids and doesn’t have a taste, so you can mix it into anything! It’s also easy to add to a lot of recipes for an added boost. Hence, why I included it in these balls! I also like mixing it into my yogurt bowls in the mornings if I’m not having a smoothie or any other liquids I could mix it into.
Side note – my Chocolate Chunk Protein Cookies include beef gelatin (a less processed version of collagen which only dissolves in hot water but has the same benefits) and they’re amazing as well! Just another idea of how to incorporate this amazing supplement into your diet.
I started out using beef collagen, but recently discovered that they are a little bit different and switched over to marine in order to fit my needs better. I kind of go back and forth, but currently I’m diggin’ the fish.
Beef collagen vs. Marine collagen:
Both forms of collagen have the same overall benefits, that I listed above. BUT, marine collagen is more bioavailable, which means that it’s better absorbed by the body and you get more of the nutrients out of it. Marine collagen is also better for things such as hair, skin and nails, anti aging, etc. while the beef one has a stronger impact on the gut and joint and muscle pain. Still, both help with all of these things at least a little bit.
What to look for in a quality collagen supplement and where to get it
When looking for a collagen supplement, you want to make sure it’s the highest quality possible, since it comes from an animal source and those can be tricky these days with all the hormones and pesticides that go into them. For beef collagen, you want one that comes from grass fed, pasture raised cows. For marine, you want the source to be non-GMO and wild caught.
Luckily, Further Food meets these standards AND I have a code for you guys to get 10% off your order! Just use the code HEALTHJUNKEE10 when you check out! You’re welcome 💁.
Ok, so now that we’ve gone over why collagen is so amazing, let’s get on with this recipe because it’s a good one!
- 2 cups unsweetend coconut flakes (or 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted)
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- 1/2 lemon, zested
- 2 scoops marine collagen or collagen peptides
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
If making coconut butter first, place 2 cups coconut flakes in the food processor and process until it’s smooth.
Transfer coconut butter into a bowl and add the other ingredients and mix together
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form balls with the batter and place onto a wax paper or parchment-lined plate
Optional – drizzle some melted coconut oil on top and finish off with some lemon zest
Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until the balls have become more solid, them transfer to an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge. These should last about a week, but they’re so good they’ll probably be gone sooner!
If you’re a fan of lemon-y desserts, then you’ll love these! If you make them, make sure to share pics with me on instagram and let me know what you think!
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