I am so excited to discover Bliss Balls – they are little balls of deliciousness that are chock full of healthy real foods and the perfect thing to have as a mid afternoon sweet treat or to take as a plate to one of your many Christmas parties – or as we have done – having on hand in the fridge when you want a little something to nibble on!
No sugar, no butter, no flour, just real food.
There are quite literally thousands of combinations you could use, generally they are dried fruit, mixed with seeds or nuts and a binding ingredient, be it coconut oil, rice syrup, or honey. I was delighted to find a version of this on a blog called the Jolly Beetroot – what a great name!
They are so light and delicious and one or two is the perfect serving. Best of all for me, my kids LOVE them, even the one who will not eat dried fruit! It is like this magical little ball looks so pretty and inviting that they appeal to everyone. I would love to see these served over the Christmas period when everyone is serving truffles and the like as a healthy and goodness filled bite.
For this recipe I have used a combination of cashews and almonds, you could use either or both or another similar nut if you prefer. I will also show you some nut free recipes also over the coming weeks for those who prefer without – they use seeds instead and are amazing!
I am delighted to have used these gorgeous juicy dried apricots from Sunreal, using these apricots means the end result is a lovely light sweet bliss ball. They remind my husband of something we have had in the past, a slice or truffle, but man they are delicious!
Again I have used coconut oil, this jar of goodness will become a go to in your pantry as you begin to include a few low fat, low sugar recipes to your repertoire. It has so many uses and I have many recipes coming up where I will use it. Please do try honey or rice syrup if you do not have any – or extra orange juice!
You really do need a food processor or a strong blender to blitz up these ingredients, once you have a nice pliable mixture you can begin to roll them into balls, then rolling them in coconut or crushed nuts to finish – refrigerate and serve! Unlike some bliss balls this mixture is not too sticky so does not need to be frozen before serving, but you can make it according to your tastes.
- 1 cup (150-160g) dried Sunreal Apricots
- 1 cup (85g) desiccated/shredded coconut
- ½ cup (65g) raw cashews (Almonds also work well)
- Zest of one orange, finely grated
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or honey, rice syrup)
- 1-2 tbsp fresh orange juice
- Extra desiccated coconut or crushed nuts, for rolling
- Zest Orange finely and set aside
- Add the apricots to the food processor and pulse until they are finely and coarsely chopped.
- Add coconut, Cashews (and almonds if using) and orange zest and combine for 1-2 minutes until well combined
- Add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and combine well for approx. 30 seconds.
- If you find the mixture too dry and not able to roll easily add squeezed orange juice a little at a time until it comes together (I did not need to do this)
- Place your coconut or crushed nuts in a small dish ready for coating balls (up to ¼ cup)
- Taking a tablespoon sized amount of mixture roll into balls between your hands
- Gently roll in the coconut to cover
- Set aside and once finished chill before serving for ½ hour minimum
- Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge
So as you can see these lovely little bliss balls really do live up to their name. Packed full of goodness and a lovely alternative to an afternoon chocolate fix!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, keep an eye out for more deliciousness as I work my way through the lovely Sunreal dried fruit range.
If you like this you will LOVE these Bliss Balls – Cranberry, Date & Cashew – Delicious!! – Click HERE for recipe
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