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Raw chocolate bliss balls

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bliss ballsThese raw bliss balls are easy to make, vegan and gluten free. Not only are they healthy, but they also look great which makes them a good option if you need to bring a plate to a party.

As the recipe makes a lot of them, they store well in the fridge and can be portioned out as snacks throughout the week.

Makes: Around 25 medium-sized snack balls
Serving size: 2 balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g pitted dates
  • 100g raw unsalted cashews
  • 50g raw unsalted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

METHOD:

  1. bliss ballsPlace the dates in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain off water and set dates aside.
  2. If you have a food processor, process cashews and almonds until they resemble large breadcrumbs. Add dates and continue to process until the dates break down and the mixture comes together.
  3. bliss ballsIf you don’t have a food processor, you can grind the nuts using a mortar and pestle instead (substituting the almonds for more cashew nuts may make it a bit easier to handle if you’re doing this!). Combine nuts with dates and mash together with a fork until dates break down and the mixture comes together.
  4. Add cocoa or cacao powder to mixture and stir to combine.
  5. The mixture may seem quite sticky but will still be shapeable; form into balls (we did them around half the size of a golf ball, though you can make them bigger if you like).
  6. bliss ballsRoll in coconut until fully coated.
  7. Store finished balls in the fridge and they will set firmer overnight.

Note: As long as the mixture is sticky enough to bind together, you can play around with the ingredients.

Dried apricots, cranberries, mashed banana, vanilla extract, protein powder, coffee powder, use your imagination 🙂

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Images/ NZ Real Health

 

Ange is a personal trainer, figure skating coach, wife, mother-of-one, and yoga instructor based in Auckland, New Zealand.