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APRICOT BLISS BALLS, CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS, FIG BLISS BALLS

I took a tray of bliss balls to my daughter’s baby shower last weekend, hoping a few ladies would like them. None of the women ate a vegan diet, yet many dared to try these cute confectionary balls of goodness and enjoyed the tasting the three flavours offered.

Bliss balls offer vegans a treat that’s raw, filled with protein, fibre and antioxidants from ingredients like nuts, dried fruit and powders like cacao. Truly they’re a guilt-free after dinner treat or mid-afternoon snack. When making bliss balls, it’s ideal to use a food processor. Yet if you’ve only a blender, process the dried fruit first and spoon into a bowl, then process the nuts and also spoon into the same bowl, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix to combine. Although this method takes a wee bit longer, the bliss balls will taste the same. Take care to pack down the dried fruit when measuring ingredients for the recipe.

Health benefits:

·       Nuts can be credited with several health benefits, including lowered cholesterol and heart disease prevention. They’re highly nutritious, containing protein, fat, carbohydrates and fibre, vitamins and minerals.

·       Dried fruit serves an important role in eating a healthy well-balanced diet. Dried fruit contains many vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and other phytonutrients. Because the fruit is dried at low temperatures, and the water removed, the phytonutrients in the fruit become condensed into small, powerful packages.

APRICOT, GINGER & ROSE BLISS BALLS

V, SF, DF, GF

Makes approx. 10 med. balls

 

1 cup brazil nuts

½ cup soft dried apricots

½ cup (6) medjool dates, pitted

1 tablespoon ginger

¼ teaspoon cardamom

¼ cup nut butter

1 teaspoon rose water

½ cup shredded coconut, for rolling

Process brazil nuts in a food processor for a few seconds, add medjool dates, ginger, cardamom, nut butter and rosewater, and process until combined. Get a spoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls, roll the balls in coconut. Spoon mixture into a bowl and roll into balls. Place balls into a glass container and chill in the fridge before serving. Can be frozen for a few weeks.

 

CHOCOLATE & DATE BLISS BALLS

Makes approx. 10 med. balls

 

1 cup walnuts

1 cup (12) medjool dates, pitted

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon protein powder

¼ cup nut butter

½ cup desiccated coconut, for rolling

Process walnuts in a food processor for a few seconds, add medjool dates, cacao powder, protein powder, nut butter and process until combined. Get a spoonful of mixture and roll into balls, roll the balls in coconut. Place balls into a glass container and chill in the fridge before serving. Can be frozen for a few weeks.

 

FIG, ALMOND & ORANGE FLOWER WATER BLISS BALLS

Makes approx. 10 med. balls

 

1 cup almonds

½ cup soft dried figs, remove hard stem

½ cup (6) medjool dates, pitted

¼ cup nut butter

1 teaspoon orange flower water

½ cup shredded coconut, for rolling

Process almonds in a food processor for a few seconds, add dried figs, medjool dates, nut butter and orange flower water and process until combined. Get a spoonful of mixture and roll into balls, roll the balls in coconut. Place balls into a glass container and chill in the fridge before serving. Can be frozen for a few weeks.

Enjoy!