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Ginger & Date Bliss balls

January 16, 2017

Bliss balls are one of my favourite sweet snacks to make, they’re simple to blend together and when dipped in melted dark chocolate… oh my! I absolutely love sweet treats and I’ve been trying to find alternative ways of getting my ‘fix’ without reaching for the sweetie jar. I know that these still contain sugar, but as they’re naturally occurring I feel that they must be healthier than the processed treats you can buy in stores – but that’s my personal view.

Dates are natures candy!

I love dates, they’re gooey, sticky and taste like caramel. The problem I find is that many recipes call for a specific variety called Medjool, which although admittedly they do taste delicious, they’re also pretty expensive compared to other varieties. The cheaper alternatives aren’t quite as sticky so can prove more difficult to use in bliss balls, however I’ve discovered a great way to get around it! Simply soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes, drain the water and they become lovely and soft which makes them ideal for blending.

Here I’ve created a ginger nut inspired recipe, dipped in dark chocolate – it makes approx 20 which can be stored in the fridge for a week or so, longer if kept in the freezer.

You will need:

  • 150g pitted dates
  • 150g of mixed nuts (I used peanuts and cashews)
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of flaxseeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 50g of dark chocolate

How to make:

Begin by pitting the dates and removing the stones, then pop into a bowl and cover with hot water. Add the nuts to a food processor and blitz until a rough fine crumb, add the chia seeds and flaxseeds and blitz again.

Drain the water from the dates and add to the processor, tip in the spices and blend together. Keep mixing for a few minutes, scraping down the sides until combined.

Using your hands, roll into small balls (just under ping pong sized I guess!) and lay out on a baking sheet. Pop in the freezer for a few hours to harden slightly. I melted 50g of dark chocolate with a pinch of ground ginger, drizzled over the balls and popped back in the freezer.

Store in the fridge or freezer, and try not to eat them all in one go!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

November 16, 2016

This is one of my favourite sweet treats to make, the mix of raw cacao and smooth peanut butter is an absolute dream! I like to make a batch of these as a sweet snack, and I leave a bowlful of them in the fridge and pop the rest in the freezer – then there is always delicious treats at my fingertips.

The secret to making these bliss balls stick together is by soaking the dates in freshly hot boiled water. This makes them extra soft and easy to blend. I also find that you can use any form of dates when you soak them in hot water, which means you don’t have to buy super expensive medjool dates instead.

I’ve used peanuts and cashews as the base of the bliss balls but you can swap these for any type of nut you prefer. They would even taste delicious with almond butter instead of peanut, actually any nut butter would be awesome!

So, here’s my recipe…

You will need:

  • 100g of peanuts
  • 100g of cashews
  • 150g of dates (pitted)
  • 50g of desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of ground linseed (optional)

Method:

Boil the kettle and soak the dates in a bowl. Blitz the nuts in a processor until they form a fine crumb. Next drain the dates and add to the processor with the rest of the ingredients and blend until sticky and combined.

Using your hands, roll into small balls and pop in the fridge for an hour. This recipe makes approx 30 bliss balls. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Enjoy!

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Apple Pie Bliss Balls

April 6, 2016

Apple Pie is one of my favourite desserts, it’s like a warm comforting hug! And we all know how much I love bliss balls, so I decided to combine the idea of a classic pudding with a healthy twist – all in mini bite sized pieces…

Lots of recipes tend to use dried apple but I decided to try making them with a real apple and they turned out delicious. The oats and almonds help soak up any of the juice and the dates bind them together, a squeeze of lemon juice helps to keep them from discolouring quickly.

Ingredients

  • 50g almonds
  • 75g oats (gf if needed)
  • 75g dates (approx 10)
  • 1 apple, peeled
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

Put the oats and almonds in a food processor and blitz until a fine crumb. Pit the dates, peel the apple and chop into small pieces. Add to the processor with the lemon juice and cinnamon and blitz together until sticky. Using a spoon, roll into balls and pop on a tray. Store in the fridge or freezer, makes approx 12.

 

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Blueberry & Coconut Bliss Balls

March 15, 2016

When I’m craving something sweet, I always try and have a batch of blissballs stored in the fridge. I keep leftovers in the freezer and take a few out at a time so I have them to munch on when I’m ready for a super quick snack!

This recipe is only made up of four ingredients, and I’d say they are pretty much store cupboard staples so I’ll bet you’ll have them ready to go!

Here’s how I made them…

Ingredients

  • 100g of cashews
  • 100g of dates
  • 100g of blueberries
  • 50g of desiccated coconut

Method

Add the cashews to a food processor and blitz until a fine crumb, then add all of the other ingredients and process until a sticky dough form. You might need to scrape down the sides to help the dough stick together.

Next take out spoonfuls of the mix and shape into balls, pop into the fridge to firm up and then snack away! I covered mine in Arctic Power Berries raw pressed blackcurrant powder and extra coconut.

They can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
Makes about 14.

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Chocolate Chickpea Bliss Balls

February 23, 2016

Who would have thought chickpeas & chocolate would be so good together?!

I love experimenting with new flavours and creating bliss balls is one of the quickest (and tastiest) ways of exploring combinations. Previously I made raw cookie dough bites with chickpeas and almond butter, and they were awesome, so I knew I was on to a good thing throwing raw cacao into the mix!

Super easy to make, and ideal before or after a workout for an instant mini protein hit. Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients

  • 400g tin of cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 100g of cashews
  • 2 tbsp of raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
  • pinch of sea salt

Method

Begin by draining the chickpeas and rinsing under cold water, then pat dry to remove any excess water as this can make the mix too wet. Next add the cashews to a food processor and blitz until a fine crumb, then add all of the other ingredients and process until a sticky dough form. You might need to scrape down the sides to help the dough stick together.

Next take out spoonfuls of the mix and shape into balls, pop into the fridge to firm up and then snack away!

They can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
Makes about 16.