I love bliss balls, so coming up with different varieties is a fun activity in my kitchen. These tasty treats are mainly composed of fruit and nuts, so they give you a dense nutritional kick that makes them a great snack for before or after a workout. The dates form a sticky caramel when blended so hold the mixture together whilst providing some natural sweetness, and the superfood powder is optional but a great addition to make them even richer in beneficial nutrients.
Makes 8 balls
Preparation time: 15 minutes roasting the nuts, then 5 minutes prep after cooling
1 cup roasted almonds (see below for instructions)
5 pitted dates
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp Organic Burst baobab powder (optional)
Chopped nuts/Desiccated coconut to roll in
1 cup almonds
¼ tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and spread the almonds on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle with the salt, then roast them for just over 10 minutes until you get a nutty smell.
- Remove the almonds from the oven and place in a bowl, leaving them to cool completely for around 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, pulse the almonds in a strong food processor until they form a powdery texture, then add in the rest of the ingredients and blitz again until well combined. You’ll probably have to stop the blender a couple of times to scrape the mixture off the sides and ensure it gets evenly processed.
- Using your hands, roll/squeeze the mixture into golf ball sized spheres, then roll them in the chopped nuts, coconut, or even cacao nibs or powder.
5. Place the bliss balls in an airtight container and refrigerate for half an hour to help them stick together even better. They can be enjoyed straight from the fridge after this point, but I find that the flavour is better if removed around 10 minutes beforehand so they can reach room temperature again.