These days every health food shop, supermarket, café and corner store seem to have some variation of Bliss Balls, displayed in fancy presentation glass jars on top of their counters. I think it is fair to say Bliss balls are one of the newest, high trending snacks available at the moment. I believe that the wonderful combination of something sweet, healthy and ready for immediate consumption, is very appealing to most health conscious people with a busy lifestyle.
Bliss Balls are available in so many different flavours and varieties, and may include dried fruit, nuts, coconut, goji berries, cacao, dates, protein powder, and of course nut free Bliss Balls. Each one is special and unique due to the handmade nature and relative freedom in regards to the ingredients within the recipes.
However, Bliss balls can also be a bit expensive to buy, and the alternative is to make your own. They are actually very easy to make and take no time at all. I prefer making my own Bliss Balls because then I know exactly what’s in them, and when they were made (how old they are!) and I can experiment with them and create my own desired flavours. I’m such a fussy girl when it comes to my food. It is a standard joke around the office, that when my staff offer me a snack, my immediate reply is “What’s in it? Can I read the food label please! ”
I must confess, I always have a stash of delicious Bliss Balls in my fridge, just in case I need a quick snack. I have often snuck a few Bliss Balls into my handbag, and quietly unwrapped them, and devoured the delicious little treats whilst sitting in a cafe having coffee on the weekends with my husband.
Over the years, I have experimented with a lot of different varieties of nuts, super foods and spices, and my latest creation is my version of the Coffee Bliss Ball, which I absolutely LOVE.
The nuts I prefer to use in my own homemade Bliss Balls are almonds, but you can use walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts or your most desired nut.
I have attached the following recipe, and I am sure that you will absolutely adore it as well!
Coffee/Cacao Bliss Balls:
2 cups of almonds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
¼ cup of raw Cacao
*12 fresh medjool dates (you can use dried dates but they need to be soaked 20 min before added to the mixture)
¼ cup strong coffee
Add a little Coconut Water if the dough is too dry.
I often add ¼ cup of Inca berries to my mixture, however they can simply be left out of the recipe above. Inca berries have a characteristic mildly tart flavour and might not be suitable for those who prefer a sweeter Bliss Ball. You can also experiment with sultanas, cranberries or figs to suit your own personal taste.
*If you prefer sweeter bliss balls more dates or sweetener can be added. I don’t crave sugar and therefore my Bliss Balls have a stronger Cacao taste.
To make bliss balls you will need a blender.
Place the almonds and sunflower seeds into the blender and pulse until the nuts and seeds until they are approximately 5mm in size.
- Add the coffee and Cacao and blend for approximately 20 seconds until it has been incorporated in the mixture.
- Add the dates and blend again for another 20 seconds.
- If the dough is too dry add a bit of coconut water until the consistency is soft enough to be rolled into balls with your hands.
- After you have rolled the bliss balls you can also roll them in either desiccated coconut or raw cacao.
The beauty with Homemade Bliss Balls is that you can use any nuts and seeds of your likening. You can combine almost any combination of super foods, essentials oils, dried fruit or nut mixture to achieve the desired result.
Bliss Ball dough is also a very versatile medium to work with, and I often use the bliss balls as a base by flattening them and decorating them with strawberries and fresh fruit, and topping it all with Homemade Banana Ice-Cream or smothered with Avocado & Cacao mousse.
I would love to hear about your special creation
Your imagination is your only limitation.