Need to curb your sweet-tooth cravings when the 3pm munchies arrive? These healthy Choc Peanut Bliss Balls courtesy of Guest Blogger Katherine Jamieson are sure to do the trick!
In recent years, the health scene has experienced an influx of these babies – you’ll literally find them on the counter of every second cafe – and we dare you not to be tempted by their indulgent looks and heavenly taste!
This recipe is so versatile and can be made using whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have in your pantry – and speaking of versatility, one benefit of this recipe is that it lends itself to your likes and dislikes. Some people prefer a richer, chocolatey taste while others enjoy a nuttier texture.
My favourite combination is choc/peanut, which results in a fudge-like consistency – so yummy! These Bliss Balls can be made ahead of time and then frozen, to provide a week’s worth of snacks, making them easily accessible for on-the-run nourishment.
1 cup of nuts of your choice (cashews, peanuts, almonds work well – I generally use cashews as they give the mixture a fudge-like texture!)
1 cup of dates (Medjool or dried dates), soaked in hot water for half an hour (reserve the water)
2 tablespoons cocoa (or cacao)
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup peanut butter (or powdered peanut butter if you have it)
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Extra coconut – for rolling
Finely diced dried fruit (apples, apricots, dried pineapple)
Chocolate chips – super decadent when these are added
Now comes the fun part – creating these treats!
You’ll need a food processor or a high-powered Nutri Bullet – I personally find the food processor works better for this recipe, as it can accommodate all of the ingredients (which means you can make more treats!)
Place the nuts into the bowl of the food processor and process until they are in small chunks (the more you process, the finer the nuts will become). Make sure you have all of the attachments in place before you begin. From experience, it can get messy when you have to take everything out again!
Next, place the pre-soaked dates into the bowl with the blended nuts and process until combined.
Add each of the listed ingredients in the order above and process until combined. I generally use the low/medium speed on the food processor, as the bowl is quite full.
Optional extras can now be added if you like. This may take a few minutes, so start dreaming about having one for your arvo tea with a cuppa!
If the mixture is dry, add a bit of the reserved water from the dates and blend again. This step may not be necessary if your mixture is already moist. The mixture needs to be soft but not too sticky, as it will become messy when you roll them! (Side note: A taste test is mandatory at this stage!).
Using a teaspoon, scoop walnut-sized amounts of the mixture into your hands. Roll this into a ball and roll in coconut if desired. You may need to have wet hands when rolling, as the mixture can sometimes get sticky.
Place onto a tray and into the freezer until firm – if they make it to the freezer before being eaten, that is!
Just a little tip – I like to separate the Bliss Balls into small snack bags, hiding them in the freezer in different places. Makes for a nice surprise when you find them and need a nourishing snack on the run!
Best served with a nice cup of tea and a good book.