Rich Dairy-free Chocolate Bliss Balls

My kids are currently going through a growth spurt and they’re hungry all the time lately. These bliss balls are currently their favourite weekend snack. I love them because they’re rich, chocolatey, easy (and quick) to make and they’re pretty healthy too.

This recipe contains nuts, if you need bliss balls without nuts, then check out our Christmas Recipes book and see our top tips below:-).

Rich Dairy-free Chocolate Bliss Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews*
  • 1 cup raw almonds*
  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts*
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (refined is ok if you don’t want a coconut flavour)

Makes about 20 bliss balls

*see Top Tips below.

Method

  1. Add all the nuts to a food processor and blend until a crumble texture is achieved (a bit like with making a cheesecake base).
  2. Add the cacao powder and blend again to help mix it in. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spoon or spatula in between pulses so that it is completely mixed in.
  3. Add the chopped dates to the food processor, a few pieces at a time and then blend until the dates a broken up and the mix has began to stick together a little (again it’s like making a cheesecake base).
  4. Add the melted coconut oil to the mix and mix again.
  5. Once the mix has a dough-like consistency, remove the mix from the food processor and form into balls (use approximately 1-2 tablespoons of mix). You can eat the balls immediately (they’ll be soft and delicious and this is my favourite;-) otherwise place them in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 hours and they’ll firm up.
  6. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container and eat within 3 days.

Top Tips

* Don’t pre-soak the nuts for this recipe (unless you plan to dehydrate them before blending) because they’ll go soggy and taste terrible. Alternatively, you could buy activated nuts and use those instead.

  If you’d like a bliss ball recipe without nuts,  check out the recipes in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Christmas Recipes (2nd Edition) (you can also make the two recipes in that book without coconut free by omitting the desiccated coconut and rolling them in cacao powder instead).

 

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