Chocolate Bliss Balls

The first time I ever tried a bliss ball I was disappointed to say the least. Not only was it like eating a ball of charf (my gross word for healthiness in a ball haha), but it was far to rich and expensive for my liking. $5 dollars for a little ball with some chocolate and coconut? No thank you.

However, the idea of a bliss ball is totally there. Healthy but yum, and small yet efficient in helping prevent cravings.

Although there are literally like 10000 million bliss ball recipes out there on the internet today, my recipe that I use day in and day out proves nothing more than wonderful, decadent sweet treats that always (and I do mean always) satisfy my cravings. Chocolate and Coconut are hands down two of my favourite things to use in the kitchen, and with this recipe, you will also learn the wonderful art of making coconut butter. Yes ‘butter’.

Coconut butter is basically the product of blended shredded coconut in a prolonged fashion, until it reaches a super creamy and thick consistency. No nasties or additives, just coconut. For this recipe, I start by blending coconut into a butter form, before adding in the obvious hits of gorgeous dark chocolate notes and nuts. It doesn’t usually take very long, around 5-10 minutes, and there isn’t much of a recipe other than banging it in a food processor and watching. Sounds easy, and it is!

Ingredients

12 Medjool dates (about 200g), pitted, soaked in 1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup walnuts

2 Tablespoons chia

⅓ cup sunflower seeds

3 heaped Tablespoons cocoa powder

3 Tablespoons coconut butter (made previously per method above)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extra dessicated coconut for coating

Method
Place the walnuts, chia seeds and sunflower seeds in a food processor and blitz until you reach a crumbly, coarse ground texture. Puree the dates in their soaking liquid until a thick but smooth texture is formed. Add all the remaining ingredients and blitz until the mixture starts to come together.

 

Take spoonfuls of the mixture (depending on the size you are making – I normally make them the size of a golf/ping-pong ball) and press together to form a firm ball. Place them on a tray lined with baking paper, or preferably, roll in extra fine desiccated coconut.

You can also melt some chocolate or other nut butter down into a liquid form, and coat the top of the balls, then use chocolate shavings or coconut to finish.

Refrigerate until firm, and enjoy. Personally (thanks to a good friend of mine) I keep my bliss balls in my freezer, and that way they last longest and are cold/refreshing upon eating. However, if you wish to keep outside of the fridge, store in a cool place in an airtight container.

Enjoy x

 

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