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Bliss Balls

The perfect snack, bliss balls come in a lot of different flavours, but they all have one thing in common. They’re delicious, healthier than a chocolate bar and once you get the idea of how to make them, then you can experiment to your heart’s desire, exploring the flavours and textures that suit you.

These aren’t made with any protein powders or other additives, but you could do that if you want to put them together as the perfect workout pick-me-up.

Oh, and just one important note – you can tweak these beautiful bliss balls to suit your own tastes.

Here’s just a few ideas:

  • swap the almonds for cashews or hazelnuts
  • roll the balls in finely chopped nuts instead of coconut
  • mix half / half dates and dried apricots or other dried fruit of your choice
  • use almond butter instead of tahini
  • replace the honey with maple syrup or other vegan friendly sweetener.

The beauty of a recipe like this is it can be adjusted to suit you own tastes or ingredients swapped out if you have any allergies or food intolerances.

Bliss Balls

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Recipe by Marti Cuatt Course: Featured, Recipe, Sweet Treats, Healthy snacksDifficulty: Easy


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An easy recipe for beautiful home-made healthy treats. Perfect for lunchboxes and snacking.

You will need

  • 250 grams fresh medjool dates, pitted

  • 60 grams raw or activated whole almonds

  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 2 tbsp (heaped) raw cacao powder

  • 2 tbsp organic tahini

  • 2 2 tablespoons preservative free desiccated coconut

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract – the best you can afford

  • 1/2 tsp quality raw honey – optional

  • 1/2 cup extra coconut – for rolling

Here’s what to do

  • Make sure your dates are pitted. Do this yourself by splitting the date with a sharp knife and removing the seed. At least check every one, it’s very important!
  • Place everything straight into your food processor and whizz up until well chopped and mixed. Check for moisture and add a teaspoon or two of cold, filtered water if it appears dry. The chia seeds will absorb excess moisture, but don’t go overboard or they’ll be soggy.
  • Remove your food processor bowl and the blade from the processor too.
  • Pour the coconut into a wide bowl – a cereal bowl is perfect.
  • Moisten your hands under the cold tap.
  • Using a dessert spoon or tablespoon, take even portions of the mixture from the bowl and roll each portion into a ball. Toss into the coconut.
  • Do three or four at a time, roll the balls around in the coconut, then remove and place on parchment paper.
  • Once all done, just pop the lot into a fridge container (preferably glass), pop the lid on and place in the fridge.

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