Calming Bliss Balls

I wouldn’t say that I’m a nervous flyer, but I happen to have the pleasure (no, really, it is a pleasure minus the flight anxiety part) of traveling the world with a nervous flyer. And on my end, anything that helps me sleep for as much of the flight as possible is a win.

Cue lavender chamomile bliss balls, chock full of ingredients guaranteed to promote calm and maybe even encourage a little bit of a snooze. I whipped up a batch of these for our flight from New York to Johannesburg - a nice travel-sized, TSA-approved, no liquid snack to lull us into what we hoped would be an uneventful flight... and we snoozed! 

They aren't just delicious, but these bliss balls are the perfect treat for when you're feeling a bit on edge or battling insomnia (did someone say "midnight snack?"). 

Lavender, chamomile and cinnamon have long been known to support sleep and reduce anxiety, and bliss balls are less risky than a hot cup of tea should any turbulence come into play.

Lavender, chamomile and cinnamon have long been known to support sleep and reduce anxiety, and bliss balls are less risky than a hot cup of tea should any turbulence come into play.

Both macadamia nuts and cashews are rich in magnesium which naturally quells anxiety and acts as a gentle muscle relaxant for anxious flyers whose shoulders are pinned to their ears and have a white-knuckled grip on the armrests. Plus, the low starch content of these bliss balls helps you steer clear of the dreaded carb crash, which never ends up being as restful as we hope.

Both macadamia nuts and cashews are rich in magnesium which naturally quells anxiety and acts as a gentle muscle relaxant for anxious flyers whose shoulders are pinned to their ears and have a white-knuckled grip on the armrests. Plus, the low starch content of these bliss balls helps you steer clear of the dreaded carb crash, which never ends up being as restful as we hope.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dessicated or shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup Medjool dates (pitted)
  • Pinch himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 3 tsp dried lavender
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
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Combine macadamia nuts, cashews, dates and two chamomile tea bags into a bowl and steep for 10 minutes with boiling water (save the extra water! You may need it later). 

Drain the nuts and dates and add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the larger chunks are broken down and roll them into balls - it's really that simple!

If your mixture doesn't feel "sticky" enough, you can add a spoonful of the reserved chamomile soaking tea at a time until they're sticky enough to form into balls. 

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to "set" and enjoy! Store bliss balls in the refrigerator for up to one week... I suppose they would freeze well, but don't count on having any left over! 

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Give them a try and let me know what you think! Are there any ingredients you'd like to see in more bliss ball recipes? Comment below!