Wellness Recipe: A Healthy Snack to Beat Sweet Cravings!

I’m trying to improve my health through diet and exercise, it's easy enough to find recipes for healthy eating, my biggest problem so far has been snacks and sweet treats…

As part of my journey to healthier living, I recently purchased Janella Purcell’s Eating for the Seasons: Cooking for Health and Happiness with the intention of introducing more wholefood options into my diet.
Janella Purcell is a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and Iridologist, she is “passionate about good food and feeling great.”

Bliss Balls are the first recipe from this book that I have made and they have quickly become a family favourite. They satisfy the sweet craving, providing a healthier option. Although I have to admit that they are very more-ish, it’s hard to stop at just one bliss ball.

Bliss Balls – adapted from Eating for the Seasons: Cooking for Health and Happiness – Makes 24 balls

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♥ 1 cup puffed rice
♥ 1/3 cup sesame seeds
♥ 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
♥ ½ cup desiccated coconut
♥ 1 cup mixed nuts; unsalted, chopped (I used almonds, pistachios and cashews)
♥ 1 cup dried fruit
♥ ½ cup tahini
♥ ¾ cup honey
♥ Sesame seeds or coconut to coat

How to

Put the seeds and nuts in the food processor blitz until chunky. Next blitz dried fruit.
Add seeds, nuts, fruit, rice and coconut in a bowl and mix together. Put ingredients in food processor and gradually add tahini and honey. Taste the mix and adjust the sweetness to your taste.

Using wet hands roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball. Coat balls in sesame seeds or coconut. Store in an airtight container.

I’m so happy with the results of this recipe, I’m going to try some variations and I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes from the book!

What are your favourite healthy sweet treats or snacks? Have you heard of Janella Purcell before? Leave a comment below! 🙂

Review by Megan – creating a new me with diet & exercise!

Be well,




  1. Peachy says:

    Janella Purcell is fabulous! This is my favourite cook book! I think you’d love her other book ‘Elixir’ – all about healing through foods. You can look up almost any ailment and find the foods that are going to help and hinder – it’s my first aid book 😉
    I think you’d also love the ‘I am grateful’ raw recipe book by Cafe Gratitude. A tonne of raw goodies with gorgeous names like ‘I am beautiful’ and ‘I am blessed’ – swoon 😉

  2. Sabine says:

    Janella Purcell is super inspiring – she had a show on tv quite a few years back that was so good: she’d go into people’s homes and tell them everything they were doing wrong! From the products they used to do their laundry to what they were eating. When I have time I make my own stock according to her recipe (save all veggie scraps and add bay leaves + simmer). The stock freezes really well too so it can be made in big batches. So handy to have and tasty!