I remember the old school bliss balls I had as a child- I would furtively enjoy them, having the sneaking suspicion that they were more than just a snack and had some kind of a sneaky health benefit like keeping you regular!
…Oh, how things change! Yes, you could call my recipe ‘Bowel Balls’ too if you really wanted, because, while being down right delicious, it’s also great for anyone feeling a little clogged. And, like those old-school bliss balls, there’s no sugar or other dried fruit in this recipe apart from the prunes (I honestly don’t think it needs it!). Hopefully, this recipe is still fun (I think it is!) and passes the kid test (Jman seems to think so!).
So, if you’re after a healthy choccie hit minus all the guilt, give the following recipe a try.
My Bliss Balls -makes about 24
- 1 cup puffed millet/quinoa/amaranth/rice (note: puffed rice will have the best ‘crunch’ to it)
- 1 cup nut meal (almond or hazelnut etc..)
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup raw cacao (you can reduce this amount if you don’t want as much of a rich choc flavour) and extra for rolling
1) Stew prunes in a saucepan with a little water. Strain off excess fluid then blend the prunes with the tahini, add a little coconut oil/water/olive oil/nut milk if needed to make it ‘smoother’.
2) Mix the prune and tahini mixture with the nut meal, raw cacao and puffed grain.
3) Using a heaped teaspoon of mixture per ball, roll into delicious bite sized balls then roll into raw cacao powder. You can also roll them in shredded coconut or press them into more puffed grains for an extra crunchy ball! Keep them in the fridge for extra fudginess when you eat them. YUM!
Note: for those who would really like, you can also add 1/3 cup of agave syrup or 1/3 cup of xylitol for some added low GI sweetness. Bliss Balls also often have dates in them, if you don’t mind the added Glycaemic Load.