“Bliss Balls” the not chocolate, chocolate ball
I usually pack a bag of food when I go out for the day. I remember going shopping quite a few years ago now and forgetting to take my lunch.
At the cafe we stopped at for lunch the only thing gluten free on the menu were raw balls. I had not had raw food then, and was a little unsure when I ordered 2 with a coffee in hope that it will fill me up for lunch. Well, at a whooping $4 a ball, I devoured them as they were so delicious. It’s funny that I remember how much they were, but I guess I thought they were so expensive at the time for these little round things. Hence, I went home on a mission to recreate these raw little balls of sweet deliciousness.
After a quite a few goes, I came up with what I just call “Not Chocolate, Chocolate” aka Bliss Balls as others may call them. They truely are bliss to eat.
|Prep time||Total time|
|10 mins||10 mins|
Author: Tracey Francis of Essential Olie
- 9 Medjool dates (with pit removed)
- ½ teaspoon Unhulled Tahini (I use macro wholefoods brand from Woolworths)
- 1 cup activated almonds (soaked in water with a sprinkle of salt overnight then drained)
- 5 Tablespoons Raw Cacao powder
- 1½ teaspoon of Vanilla powder (I use Loving Earth brand)
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- Brown Rice Malt Syrup (to taste) – I use approximate 2-3 Tablespoons
- Dessicated Coconut (I use Niulife brand which is sulphite and preservative free)
- Using a food processor blend dates, tahini, almonds, raw cacao, vanilla powder, water and brown rice malt syrup til it achieves the consistency you like. I like it with small chunks of almonds still visible so it looks like a crunchy peanut butter consistency.
- Put dessicated coconut on a plate (just start with a small amount so you don’t waste too much)
- Using a small ice cream scooper and your hands create a ball – this is where it starts to get messy
- Roll ball in dessicated coconut
- Repeat til all mixture is used up
- Keep in refridgerator (you can also freeze them)
I use all organic ingredients, however, you don’t have to use organics
Rolling the balls does get messy….but a well worth it messy….
I have quite a few variations to the basic recipe above:
Crunchy Orange – add in 6 dehydrated oranges (roughly chopped) at Step 1 in the instructions above.
Mocha – rather than add in 1 Tablespoon of water I add in either 1 Tablespoon of espresso coffee and 1 Tablespoon of ground coffee beans.
Plain – rather than use dessicated coconut, you don’t have to roll them in anything. Simply create the balls then enjoy!
Mock Kee – rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in macqui powder. However, use it sparingly as it is expensive. I buy the Loving Earth brand.
Cara Buck – rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in crushed up caramelised buckinis. I buy the Loving Earth brand of Caramalised Buckinis.
K-runchy – rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in coconut crunch. I buy the Bananan brand of Organic Coconut Crunch.