These balls of deliciousness are perfect for an afternoon tea pick-me-up, great snack for kids, great end to a picnic lunch. There are now so many varieties of bliss balls, protein balls on the market … though I would share with you some home-made varieties that don’t cost $3 a ball. Try these two different versions – one is nut free, the other is date free, whatever you prefer.
Little Lemon Coconut Bliss Balls
(recipe is from the uber talented Nutrition Guru, Tara @thenutritionguruandthechef)
2 cups cashews (unsalted)
1 cup shredded or dessicated coconut
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp coconut oil
juice and zest of 1 medium lemon
Blitz cashews in food processor until the nuts are broken down to form a fine meal. Add the coconut, honey (or rice malt syrup), coconut oil, lemon zest and lemon juice and blitz until mixture is smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Place the mixture in the fridge to firm up for 1 hour to make for easy rolling. Remove mixture from fridge and taking small portions, roll into a ball with your hands. Roll in extra coconut, or leave some without for fussier members of the family. Will last in the fridge for 1 week, and also suitable to freeze.
Choc Chia Bliss Balls
(perfect for school lunchbox if your school is nut free)
35g (1/2 cup) dessicated coconut
50g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
55g (1/3 cup) sunflower kernels
40g (1/4 cup) sesame seeds
400g medjool dates, pitted
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp rice malt syrup
1/4 cup cacao powder
Place the coconut in a small frying pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a plate to cool. Wipe the frypan clean. Add the oats, sunflower kernels and sesame seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes or until toasted. Put aside on a second plate to cool. When cool, place this mix in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the dates and process until well combined. Add chia seeds, coconut oil, rice malt syrup and cacao powder and blitz until combined. Place the mixture in the fridge for up to 1 hour to make for easy rolling. Remove mixture from fridge and taking small portions, roll into a ball with your hands. You can either keep them as they are, or roll in extra coconut or cacao, whatever you prefer. Will last in fridge for 1 week, and also suitable to freeze.
Enjoy your blissful day