I have a confession to make. I have absolutely no will power in front of a block of chocolate. And when I say block of chocolate, I mean any form of chocolate – smarties, chocolate biscuits, hot chocolate, chocolate cake – the lot! But as we all know, chocolate isn’t the most nutritious snack and if I want to be comfortable in my skinny jeans, I have to find a different sweet treat to satisfy my cravings.
The great thing about bliss balls is that they only contain natural sugar, they’re bite size and easy to eat on the run, and they’re really easy to make ahead of time from home. While I’ve been experimenting with different flavour combinations for this bliss ball recipe, I’ve found that time and time again the same rule applies with this recipe as for any pizza recipe – a few fabulous ingredients are better than lots of different things. So for this bliss ball recipe I’ve kept it super simple, you’ll only need:
1 cup of soaked medjool dates
½ cup raw cacao powder
¾ cup of walnuts
Then, do this…
- Place the dates into a bowl and fill with warm water. Leave them to soak for about 5 minutes.
- While the dates are soaking, place the raw cacao powder and walnuts into your choice of mixer (I usually use a food processor or a bullet blender)
- Pulse the dry ingredients in the mixer until they are at a consistency you’re happy with (the less you pulse, the chunkier your ingredients will be)
- Drain the dates and add them to your mixer. Pulse all the ingredients together until they are well combined. Your mixture should be able to be handled, if it is too runny just add some more cacao powder or walnuts to bulk it up.
- Using your hands, roll the mixture into small balls. You may want to roll them in desiccated coconut or extra cacao powder to finish them off.
- Store your bliss balls in the fridge, ready for you to devour whenever you feel like you need a hit of something sweet.
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite recipe for a healthy alternative to satisfy sugar cravings. I’d love to hear all about it.