Happy new year, people.
I’m welcoming 2017 with love, productivity and… what else if not delicious and healthy vegan yums?! Had lots of medjool dates in my pantry so I used some for a quick and easy snack. Bliss balls are wonderfully delicious and packed full of energy, vitamins and all the good stuff. If you’ve never tried them, get on it! They’re seriously worth all the rolling, I promise.
As to the productivity I mentioned before, new year means fresh start and I’m feeling more inspired than ever. So expect lots of recipes this month – this might be especially useful for all those of you who are giving Veganuary a go and want to experiment with easy vegan recipes. Keep your eyes peeled!
yields about 30 small balls
12 medjool dates (1 packed cup)
¼ cup freeze dried red fruits
½ cup cashew nuts
½ cup almonds
¼ cup chia seeds
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp pure maple syrup*
enough desiccated coconut, cranberry powder and more cacao powder to coat
For this recipe you’ll need a food processor (doesn’t need to be too powerful). Place the freeze dried fruit, cashew nuts, almonds and chia seeds into the food processor and mix at high speed until fine crumbs form. Pit the medjool dates and melt your coconut oil if solid. Then add them to the processor along with the raw cacao powder and maple syrup and blend until the mixture is well combined and sticking together. Take a little bit of mixture and press and shape it into a ball, repeat until your run out of dough. Protip: use a tbsp measuring spoon to form bliss balls of the same size.
If you fancy making them even prettier, fill three little bowls with different powders like desiccated coconut, cranberry powder and raw cacao powder. Roll the bliss balls in the bowls to thoroughly coat them.
(It’s freezing in Rome at the moment so I keep them in my pantry, but if it’s hot where you are I suggest you store them in the fridge!)
Enjoy the bliss balls and a wonderful new year ♥