Author Jean Morrison
Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls
Here is an energy fix for you with heaps of fibre. Easy to make in a food processor or a high speed blender.
20 minutes plus 30 minutes to chill in the fridge
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Quantity: 16 - 20
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1/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 level teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 cup ptted prunes
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup extra desiccated coconut to roll the balls in.
Place first five ingredients into a food processor. Blend.
Add next four ingredients and process further until well combined.
Place the mixture in a bowl and into the fridge for half an hour to firm up.
Take spoonfuls of mixture, about walnut sized, and roll them into neat balls. Roll the balls in the remaining coconut. Refrigerate on a large plate..
Don't use the cheaper kilo packed supermarket variety of dates for this recipe as they are simply too hard and dry. They won't blend up well.
Cashews are good source of potassium, B vitamins and folate. They contain magnesium, copper, selenium and phosphorous. They are also known as Filberts. Cashews are native to the Americas but they are now grown all over tropical Asia and Africa. India is the largest producer and processor of cashews.
Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits with some records showing they were available as far back as 50,000 BC. They grow on date palms and are clustered together under the green leaves of the tree. Dates are very sweet and soft and can be blended until smooth and used as a natural sweetener. They contain potassium and soluble fibre. Fresh or dried dates can be eaten as is or they can be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, citrus peel and cream cheese.
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