We all want happy hormones, right?
And we all want divine bliss balls, am I right?
These maca bliss balls are divine, nourishing AND hormone friendly. They are also incredibly simple to make with just a handful of ingredients found at your local supermarket.
I made these for a birthday party we recently attended (for the adults) and they went down a treat!
As someone who has struggled with PCOS (that’s Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome for those of you new to the term), I know just how important happy hormones are. But I didn’t always know, or care, about hormones.
When I was first diagnosed I was hit with a whole new World I knew nothing about. Up until that point (I was diagnosed when I was 25 after struggling to fall pregnant…or even have a cycle for that matter) I could honestly say I had not thought twice about happy hormones, or any hormones for that matter.
I’d been in hormone oblivion. And it wasn’t a good place to be.
I’d definitely not been kind to my hormones while depriving myself of nourishing foods (read more about my history of disordered eating here). It’s any wonder I was moody, had skin issues, no cycle and serious candida (TMI I know, but also SUPER common).
Our hormones play such crucial ways to the way our body feels, looks and functions. Hormones are also at the centre of many pregnancy issues.
While I took the advice of my specialist while trying to fall pregnant (second specialist as the first recommended I have surgery to ‘drill my ovaries’…) I ALSO took it upon myself to research natural ways I could support my hormones and my health through food. This was really the start of my wellness journey beyond disordered eating. A wellness journey that had me asking more and more questions and truly connecting with my body and how it functioned.
I discovered so many natural ways to support my hormonal health, but the one that stuck with me and that I still take every single day is maca powder.
Maca powder is believed to have wide-ranging benefits including to the hormonal system. It’s important to note here that the research is pretty dismal. There really isn’t any substantial research on the benefits of maca for women with PCOS (there is other research, such as for premenopausal women) so just remember this is my opinion based on my own personal experience, not based on evidence-based research.
On a daily basis I add approximately 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon to my oats or smoothies and I find that as a result I feel more balanced and my skin remains clearer. There are a number or other factors at play but if there is something simple I can take to support my hormonal health I’m definitely all for it!
When making these maca bliss balls I considered that most of us who struggle with PCOS are more sensitive to sugar than others. Most of us also benefit from a diet that includes an adequate intake healthy fat. I skipped the refined sugar (of course) and also left out any dried fruit such as dates. While I LOVE dates in bliss balls, I wanted to make these delicious AND suitable for someone struggling with PCOS.
These maca bliss balls are therefore also perfect for anyone who doesn’t digest fructose well. They’re also also vegan-friendly, sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and even nut free (contains seeds). So pretty much, they are the PERFECT bliss ball for almost everyone.
As with anything, remember it is important to listen to and connect with your body. Sit down before eating these bliss balls and take time out of your day to minimise overeating or mindlessly eating. I suggest keeping your serving size to 1-3 bliss balls at any one time as they are still energy-dense.
Most importantly, ENJOY without guilt!
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until the pumpkin seeds are a fine consistency and the mixture starts to form a "ball" within the blender (ie. starts to stick together).
- Remove tablespoon amounts and with clean hands, roll into balls. Repeat until all mixture has been used.
- Store bliss balls in the fridge.
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