There are so many reasons why bliss balls make a great treat: firstly, and most importantly, they taste sensational. Kid’s love these just as much as adults. Secondly, they’re healthy and third, they are very easy and quick to make and they’re inexpensive, at least they are if you substitute a few frugal ingredients with the traditional.
These treats are also gluten free, sugar free, dairy and egg free, and, if you use seeds instead of nuts, can be made nut free. They are vegan and paleo, so suit just about everyone.
Traditional bliss balls use Medjool dates, which taste unbelievably good, but they’re expensive. Dried dates are much less expensive and work just fine in this recipe although you may need to add a little extra moisture to the mix.
I generally use a mixture of raw almonds and sunflower seeds to make these bliss balls because they taste good, they are inexpensive, and adding seeds reduces the cost. You can use any type of nut or seed that takes your fancy (or mix and match your own favourite combo). If you use chia seeds, it’s a good idea to soak them in a little water first to let them gel up.
You can also use nut meal instead of whole nuts – the taste will be the same but the texture will be smoother – that can be a good thing. I don’t mind a bit of crunch to mine.
If the mixture is a bit crumbly, you can add a little bit of coconut oil or just a bit more maple syrup or even a teaspoon of water.
- 1 cup of raw, unsalted, untoasted nuts or seeds or combo (or you can use pre-ground meal)
- 1 cup of dried, pitted dates
- 1 tbsp. of cocoa/ cacao powder (more or less to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. drizzle of vanilla
- 2 tsp. of maple syrup or honey to taste (optional)
- If you have a high powered food processor or you are using a pre-ground meal, then throw your pitted dates in the processor and blend until paste-like (it will still be a bit chunky).
- Alternatively, process your nuts and seeds first until finely chopped (a but chunky adds texture to the bliss balls). Set aside and then process your dates.
- Add the nuts, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut oil (if using) and process until combined and the mixture starts to come together.
- Roll heaped teaspoon size amounts into balls and place on a tray. Keep in the fridge.
Add a little coconut oil if you like. a teaspoon to help the bliss balls form if needed.
Roll balls in coconut if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
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Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.