I can’t lie, I have a bit of a sweet tooth and generally speaking, by 3pm I’m knuckle deep in a bag of the kids’ Tiny Teddies, looking for a quick coffee fix before the kids come traipsing through the door.
But bliss balls are so much more grown up, and so much healthier than a teddy shaped biscuit – or at least I like to think they are. You won’t believe how easy it is to kerb your own sweet tooth with this tasty, healthy alternative.
This recipe needs around half an hour setting time in the fridge – no baking required!
- Prep time : 15 mins
Easy no-bake bliss balls ingredients
- 230g fresh Medjool dates
- 150g macadamia nuts
- 50g mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
- 50g dried cranberries
- 50g pepitas
- 50g desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
- sesame seeds for rolling – they have a delicious nutty crunch
- 20g cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Bliss balls can be made with just about anything in your pantry – they’re mostly made of just nuts and fruit. I’ve used fresh Medjool dates, you can use dried dates, but they make your food processor work a little harder, which isn’t always safe for your appliance. I suggest you blitz dried dates in small batches, just to be on the safe side.
- First, be sure to remove the seeds from your dates, this takes next to no time with soft, fresh dates.
- Put all ingredients except the sesame seeds, honey and coconut oil in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
- Heat your oil and honey together in the microwave until the oil is no longer solid. Add to the mix in the food processor and blitz until combined and the mix is starting to stick together.
- Shape scant tablespoon measures of the mix into balls with clean hands and roll in coconut or sesame seeds and pop them in the fridge to harden up. Positively blissful!
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