These Christmas Bliss Balls are not only free from the need to switch on the oven, they’re also a fabulous, weight loss friendly healthy sweet treat.
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Bliss Ball recipe
Instead of the usual, weight loss sabotaging culprits (refined sugar, lots of calories), these delicious little bites combine protein-rich nuts with low GI oats and get their sweetness from soft, juicy dates. All that goodness combined makes for a fantastic christmas treat OR even a post workout snack.
The key to making these healthy snacks decadent and delicious is all in the dates you choose. While the pre-packaged variety will suffice, it’s the fresh, caramelly variety that really makes a difference. We used medjool date (which can be found at your local supermarket or fruit shop).
Fresh dates, while high in natural sugar, pack such a sweetness punch that you don’t need many, or any other form of sweetness to make these balls taste great.
We’ve chosen to roll our balls in coconut and cocoa powder but there are a variety of toppings you can use. If you’re feeling especially festive, why not try some ground pistachios (green) or processed goji berries (red)? You could also use your favourite chopped nuts.
For the balls themselves
- 1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nuts of your choice; almonds, walnuts and pecans all work well
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut or regular butter, slightly softened or cubed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
For the decorative rolling
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Soak dates in a glass or small bowl of warm water for 15 minutes or until soft.
- When dates are nice and soft, drain and tip into the bowl of food processor.
- Add the remaining ‘ball’ ingredients to the processor and process until combined (the ‘dough’ will become quite dense and sticky when properly combined).
- Remove mixture from food processor and roll into teaspoon sized balls.
- On separate plates, shake out each of the toppings.
- Roll each ball in your chosen topping before placing on a dinner plate/baking tray/large tupperware container and popping in the fridge.
Makes 25 individual bliss balls – Cal per ball – 41
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