I call these bliss balls mainly because I don’t know what else to call them – not protein balls, not chocolate balls, so bliss balls it is!
They are an easy to make, clean eating snack. I like to make a batch on a Sunday and divvy them up throughout the week to keep those 11am hunger pangs at bay. I have tried a few pre-prepared mixes and ready made balls, but I actually think they are tastier homemade.
You don’t need a food processor to make these (I don’t have one), but it will make it a lot easier! Otherwise be prepared to use a little elbow grease.
- Soaked medjool dates (approx 12, I don’t count)
- Cacao powder (1/3 cup)
- Dessicated coconut for rolling (optional, I skipped it as I didn’t have any)
- Coconut oil (1/3 cup)
- Almond meal (1 cup)
- Chia seeds (1 tbsp)
Make sure you soak the dates in a bowl of water for at least a few hours or as long as possible, if I’m feeling organised I’ll put them in to soak the night before, it makes them a lot easier to work with. Also I’m not too careful with the measurements on this recipe, you can add and remove as your tastes dictate.
For me, sans food processor, the first step is to drain the dates, then try and pulverise them by hand. There is no real knack to this, the longer they soaked the softer they are and therefore easier to pull apart, I just use a knife and fork and hack frenziedly until they are torn apart in a sort of mush.
If you do have a food processor, skip that step and just chuck all the ingredients except the coconut in and whizz until it forms a nice sticky meal. If you’re working by hand, add the ingredients to the dates and mix thoroughly. You can add more liquid if the mix seems too dry, or more almond meal if it’s too wet.
Then, you roll! It will be sticky and quite messy, there’s no avoiding it. Just grab a lump of the mixture and roll it between your palms until it forms a ball. Then roll it in the dessicated coconut (optional), and move onto the next. You could eat them straight away, but I suggest putting them in the fridge for a few hours to let them solidify.
I’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t the most photogenic of snacks, but they taste so good, and will keep for a few weeks in the fridge. Happy rolling!