I had an idea: they should just change the ‘F’ of FODMAPs to fruit. Because it’s all about sugar right? And one of the richest source of sugar – and worst source for symptoms – is fructose. Fructose, fruit – they’re basically the same thing anyway, right?
Hah. I wish.
I wish I could eat dates and figs, apples and pears, peaches and plums. I wish I could drizzle raw caramel on my porridge, indulge in vegan sweets, or snack on dried fruit. But I can’t. So rather than whining about it, I looked for alternatives. ‘Cause that’s what I’m all about!
And one of the best things to do with fruit – except eat it of course – is turn it into bliss balls! But, obviously this is no longer an option.
So what do you do when you want bliss balls but you have to limit both your fruit AND your nut intake? Make them out of vegetables instead!
If you haven’t tried it, take my word for it, beetroot + chocolate = winning combo. Brownies, cakes, muffins, porridge… I love, love, love, it! And that’s where the inspiration for these vegan, gluten free, low FODMAP Beetroot Brownie Bliss Balls came from. You can’t go wrong!
Or so I thought… Some people might say that beetroot is a FODMAP. I’m not gonna disagree; it is. But – and this is the important bit – they are safe if the serving size remains small! I can tolerate beetroot, but if you can’t, then make them really small – I’m talking a heaped teaspoon!
Oh, but that wasn’t the only problem I faced. Version one was crumbly and, to be honest, just tasted like raw beetroot. So, kinda nasty. But, but but but, this is version two! And version two is sticky, gooey, rich and moreish.
You could just drool over them, even over my description of them.
But what you should really do is make them!
- 300g beetroot, peeled
- 1 cup oats (check for gf certification if necessary!)
- 1 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- Process beetroot on its own in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until really well combined and nice and sticky. (If it's not, add equal parts coconut oil and rice malt syrup and keep trying!)
- Roll into small balls - to keep them FODMAP friendly - and then in desiccated coconut. You could also roll them in cacao, cacao nibs or chia.
- Thats it! Eat them!
- I highly recommend wearing gloves when handling the beetroot (peeling and rolling) because it gets very, very messy!