Healthy bakes: Chocolate bliss ball recipe

This chocolate bliss ball recipe uses cacao and dates for a deliciously sweet, fudgy flavour that’s naturally gluten-free with no added sugar, making it the perfect healthy snack

 

Energy balls are commonly called ‘bliss balls’, and one bite will tell you why. Fudgy and chocolatey, these bliss balls are gluten-free, nutritious and have no added sugar (the sweetness is in the dates), so they are perfect for kids’ lunch boxes, as a snack when you want an energy boost, or when you’re craving something sweet, but healthy.

The best part is, they are completely customisable! Use more or less cacao, depending on how chocolatey you want it, give it a healthier kick by adding a couple of tablespoons pumpkin seeds or goji berries, use cashews instead of almonds – you’re spoiled for choice.

Makes 15-20 balls – depending on size

Ingredients

1 cup almonds (115 g)
1 cup Medjool dates (200 g)
2 tbsp cacao
1-2 tsp water (to help bind)
pinch of salt (optional)

 

Optional add-ins:

Milled chia seeds
Goji berries
Shredded coconut
Dried apricots
Flaxseed
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds

 

To Coat (optional)

1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp freeze-dried berry powder

 

Method

1. Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until chopped into small pieces
2. Add the dates and the cacao. Add optional pinch of salt if you’d like, and mix again
3.  Add a teaspoon of water at a time if it needs help binding
4.  Roll into balls with your hands
5.  Coat with desiccated coconut or coating of your choice (optional)
6.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set and they’re ready to serve
7.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature, although in water climates it’s better to store in the fridge

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