Nutritious balls of love … the perfect snack

bliss balls

Bliss Ball recipe

These are a perfect snack to keep in the freezer to grab on the run. I keep a stock ready to take for breakfast if I don’t have time for something more substantial. I keep a few at work, for the 3pm munchies. They help to satisfy chocolate cravings, and the nuts and coconut oil help keep you full for longer.

I have found most people need them a bit sweeter than me, so I have added some rice malt sugar syrup for sweetness. You could also add stevia if you prefer. I find that I can keep them in the freezer and they defrost in about 15 minutes. Most recipes like to use dates for sweetness, but I’m not a fan of dates – they have a really high fructose content and the flavor is a bit overwhelming.

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 60 mins in fridge
  • Total time: 70 mins
  • Serves: around 25 balls
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Low refined sugar

Ingredients:

  • 250g of organic nuts (you can use Brazil nuts, almonds or cashew)
  • 1/2 a cup of nut butter. Macadamia, cashew or almond is best, tahini is also nice (make your own or store bought)
  • 1/2 a cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes or shreds
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 5 heaped tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp rice syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Desiccated coconut to roll

Optional: add 2 tablespoons of super-foods or protein powder if you like. You may need to add a bit of water if this makes it too dry.

Instructions:

  1. Put the nuts in a food processor and roughly chop (a few pulses should do it).
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend for a few seconds.
  3. Pop into a large bowl  and mix in cacao nibs.
  4. Mix with hands to check consistency. They need to be firm enough to roll into walnut sized balls and not fall apart. Add a little water if too dry or a bit more chia seeds or almond meal if too wet.
  5. Roll into small balls and place on wax paper on a plate.
  6. Stick them in the fridge to set for an hour.

NB: You can make half the batch with cacao nibs and half without, or try other things for texture like goji berries, LSA, Sunflower seeds etc. Go wild!

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