I have a lovely friend here in Brno whose body doesn’t react well to gluten and dairy products. You’d never know though, because she doesn’t let it bother her.
It does mean though that she can’t eat a lot of the treats on this blog so every now and then I try to post something that she and other people with similar intolerances can eat, like this and these. Kevin and I went to her house for dinner the other night and we brought her these tasty vegan chocolate bliss ball treats to eat. She said she loved them, so I thought I would share them with you in hope, that you’ll love them too. Vegan, or not.
A thing or two about Bliss Balls…
I chose to call these bliss balls because they are just that, they’re simply blissful. They require no baking, and hardly any time to make, yet they are so darn tasty it’s hard to stop at one.
But you know what? Google tells me that bliss balls are a thing. Apparently bliss balls are meant to be high in protein and low in carbohydrates and guarantee “fullness and satisfaction”. Luckily my bliss balls fit the criteria. They are also meant to be highly suitable for weight watchers and gym goers. Good to know, though I’m neither of the latter. Needless to say my taste buds still love them, so I think that makes them very suitable for me too.
So what’s in these Bliss Balls?
There is no added sugar in these bliss balls, all sweetness come from dates which have been soaked in a little water to help them soften along with some berry jam. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever you have on hand. If you don’t have any nut butter (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter etc.) you could just add 1/4 cup nuts and whizz them with the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t have jam, use honey. There are no rules, just lots of deliciousness.
Eat them all day long…
Although I originally made these bliss balls for a dessert, you can eat them anytime of the day be it breakfast, morning tea, after lunch snack or whenever you feel like it. Plus, Google says that bliss balls are the perfect pre/post work out snack, so there is another excuse to eat them!
- 75g (about 1/2 cup) pitted dates
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter/oil (or butter)
- 1 tablespoon berry jam (I like using raspberry)
- 3 tablespoon nut butter (e.g. almond, peanut, cashew etc.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons dutch/natural cocoa powder
- 160g (2 cups) desiccated coconut, plus extra for coating.
- 1. Place water and dates in a small saucepan, and simmer over a low heat until the dates have completely softened (about 2 minutes).
- 2. Add coconut butter/oil, nut butter, berry jam and vanilla and mix to combine. Set aside.
- 3. In a medium sized bowl, combine cocoa powder and coconut. Add date mixture and mix until well combined.
- 4. Using slightly damp hands, roll mixture into balls and then roll in extra coconut.
- * For extra sweetness, add honey to taste with the date mixture before combining with the coconut.
- ** Roll the bliss balls in cocoa, icing sugar, or dip in melted chocolate