Adaptogen Coconut Cacao Bliss Balls
Meet the magical Adaptogen Coconut Cacao Bliss Ball with Reishi & He Shou Wu. I wasn’t always a lover of the so-called “bliss ball”. The one’s I had to be unpleasantly sweet and sticky and chunky, a poor substitute for my sweet vices (namely Haribo gummis of all kinds…). But I couldn’t shake the idea of pretty little balls of energy filled with nutritional bliss. I shelved the idea for ages, but since I started making my own coconut milk for my coconut matcha lattes, I’ve found myself in possession of a lot of coconut pulp that I can’t bring myself to toss. I really wanted to call them Calming Immortality Beauty Bliss Balls. But that’s a bit over the top. And “balls” kinda makes everything funny. Calming Immortality Beauty Bliss Truffles? Eh, we’ll stick with adaptogen coconut cacao bliss balls. Read on to learn more about the magic ingredients!
I make raw vegan chocolate truffles (a luxurious, addictive cousin of the bliss ball), and my surplus of coconut pulp + my vegan truffle recipe + my passion for adaptogens & tonic herbs came together to form the inspiration for this ethereal recipe for adaptogen coconut cacao bliss balls. These are legit magic! They’re truly the best of both worlds: delicious + life-giving. Oh right, aaaand they’re insanely easy to throw together! Clutch.
So, theses contain reishi mushroom powder and he shou wu. Let’s just start by saying if you’re like “he did what?”, these ingredients are super simple to procure online—you can get them all on Amazon! BUT if you don’t have the time, money, or interest….just leave them out!
These are still awesome without the more esoteric ingredients. I think they add the extra magic, but they’re by no means a deal breaker. So don’t let them put you off this recipe for adaptogen coconut cacao bliss balls! If all you can get your hands on is almonds, dates, and coconut flakes, you’re well on your way to making these decadent adaptogen coconut cacao bliss balls—they’re snack time heroes. Eula, at 17 months old, loves them!
That said, if you do decide to dive in and give the adaptogens a try or you’re already a die hard herbal believer, let’s talk a little bit about those two ingredients. First off…
These are both herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries. In TCM herbs are classified as either yin (spirit, feminine, cooling, watery, calming), yang (physical, masculine, warm, earthy, energizing), or balanced meaning they’re more towards the middle. Both of these are yin herbs, though reishi leans more towards the middle. They’re also both classed as “adaptogenic herbs”, which simply means they help the body deal with the negative effects of stress if taken consistently over time. For the full benefit of adaptogens, it’s best to take a dose daily. You can find a primer we did on adaptogens here.
A yin herb nicknamed the “King of Mushrooms”, this medicinal mushroom is associated with spiritual power and immortality, and it’s linked to success, well-being, divine power, and longevity. It’s antioxidant, mood supporting (a great addition if you suffer from anxiety or depression), immune supporting, histamine reducing (good if you have allergies), supports heart health, anticarcinogenic (helps prevent cancer), promotes healthy sleep, promotes liver & kidney health, aids brain function, and maintains gut health. ‘Nuf said.
This mysterious Chinese herb, also known as Fo-Ti, is especially known for it’s anti-aging properties, the name literally translates to “old black haired”, a reference to a legend of a man taking he shou wu and his hair turning from grey back to black. It’s a powerful antioxidant that promotes longevity as well as a known aphrodisiac. We’ll call it relationship promoting, yeah? Okay! It’s also blood toning, anti-inflammatory, stress reducing (as adaptogens generally are), As a strong yin herb it’s also been said to promote spiritual receptiveness, creativity, and inspiration making it a great choice for mystics and artists. If you’re a mystic artist…then this is definitely an herb you should add to your pantry!