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Coconut Bliss Balls with Medjool Dates & Raw Cacao

Coconut Bliss Balls

These sumptuous raw chocolate truffles do not have the name bliss balls for nothing. Try one of these and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever bothered with conventional truffles. Well maybe I exaggerate a little, but only just.

We’d been invited to friends for dinner and as is my wont, I decided to make something to take along by way of a gift. I’d just been sent a box of luscious medjool dates from the Medjool Date Company. Medjool dates are so sweet, juicy and flavoursome, they’re ideal for making these bliss balls. In fact you don’t need much else in terms of flavouring. Having previously posted my raw chocolate truffles, however, I wanted to do something a little different. Coconut is a firm favourite in this household and seems to be popular with nearly everyone. So coconut bliss balls it was.

The bliss balls are made from only five ingredients, three of which are from the marvellous palm family. They’re remarkably nutritious and are dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free and also vegan, so no-one needs to feel excluded. They’re also easy to make; there’s something rather post-modern about this combination of high tech blending and artisan rolling. In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming and these would make an ideal gift for your friends and family – if you don’t demolish the lot first.

Coconut Bliss Balls

Keen to try out my brand new and very exciting Optimum ThermoCook, I removed it from its box and put it through its paces with this simple recipe. Watch out for my Thermocook review post when I’ve used it a bit more and explored its many functions. As it’s nearly Christmas, the Thermocook is currently on offer for Ā£549, that’s a whopping Ā£346 off.

Bliss balls by name, but what about nature? Well, they have a heady fragrant coconut aroma. They’re pleasantly soft, but also chewy; they’re sweet. but in an alluring rather than overpowering way.  The coconut doesn’t mask the honeyed sweetness of the dates which themselves are counterbalanced by hearty, bitter cacao notes. A tropical delight, CT’s vivid imagination saw the Sultan popping one of these into the mouth of his favourite concubine from a jewel encrusted platter. I must adjust his medication.

Coconut Bliss Balls
Yields 25
Sumptuous balls of sweet chewy coconut, dates and cashew nuts with a little raw cacao for additional depth and flavour. Free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar, these make an excellent gift for anyone.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g raw cashew nuts - soaked overnight
  2. 25g desiccated coconut + 2 tbsp for rolling
  3. 150g Medjool dates - weight after stoning (8-10 dates)
  4. 3 tbsp raw cacao
  5. 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
  6. pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt - or any salt of choice
Instructions
  1. Drain the cashews and blitz in a food processor along with the desiccated coconut. I used the pulse action on my multi-functional Thermocook for about 10 seconds.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, ensuring their are no stones left in the dates and blitz again until everything is thoroughly combined. Again I used the pulse action on my Thermocook for a further 10 seconds.
  3. Place the remaining desiccated coconut into a bowl.
  4. Roll a teaspoonful of the mixture between your hands to form a truffle sized ball - this can get a little sticky. Drop into the bowl of coconut and roll until completely covered. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Notes
  1. These will keep in a cool place for a couple of weeks.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Recipe of the WeekI’m sending these off to #RecipeOfTheWeek with Emily at A Mummy Too.

 

 

 

Festive Food Friday LogoThese also go to Festive Food Friday with Kerry Cooks and Taming Twins

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    Sus @ roughmeasures
    3rd December 2015

    Love the presentation of these Choclette! What a fab Xmas idea. I do love bliss balls.
    Thanks for linking to mine šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2015

      Thanks Sus. They are indeed delicious, I’m determined to make a load for Christmas.

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    Nadia's Healthy Kitchen
    3rd December 2015

    I would be so happy if you gifted me that box of bliss balls!! I love medjool dates, can happily eat them all day everyday! YUM!! šŸ˜€

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2015

      Haha yes Nadia, I think I’d have been happy if I’d gifted them to myself šŸ˜‰ Luckily the recipients loved them too – they want the recipe.

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    Dom
    3rd December 2015

    oooh, they looks so lovely and sound so delicious and you know I love my balls!

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    manu
    3rd December 2015

    Perfect for a dinner with friends in this period.
    xox

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2015

      Thanks Manu. Perfect for dinner at any time of year, I reckon šŸ˜‰

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    Lauren
    3rd December 2015

    These sound like all kinds of healthy…and super delicious! I would feel virtuous eathing these, or at least that’s my excuse!
    Lx
    Elle Bloggs

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2015

      They are too delicious to feel virtuous Lauren, but you definitely don’t need to feel guilty šŸ˜‰

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    Melissa
    3rd December 2015

    These look amazing! I have many vegetarian friends and this will be a nice holiday addition for them when they visit. Not to mention for ME!

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    Janie
    3rd December 2015

    Do you know I’d much rather be given a box of these than a box of chocolates. All those dodgy centres like orange, coffee & strawberry (BLEUGH!) get binned straight away, and the rest never really live up to expectations for me. However I haven’t tried a variation on these energy balls that I haven’t loved.
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      3rd December 2015

      You are so right Janie, these are heaps better than your average box of chocolates and they are dairy free for you too.

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    Leisel
    4th December 2015

    Bah! Another wonderful coconut treat I can only gaze upon because no one else in my house eats coconut!

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      Choclette
      5th December 2015

      Yes, but Leisel, the beauty of these is that you can make up a smaller batch and have them just for yourself šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      5th December 2015

      These balls are so blissful Bintu, it’s hard to imagine they can be improved on. I will of course try my best to do it though šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      7th December 2015

      Thank you Anglie. I’m rather coveting a box of them myself šŸ˜‰

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    Sarah James
    6th December 2015

    Your Coconut Bliss Balls look delicious Choclette, I love medjool dates & with coconut too, I’m sold.

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      Choclette
      7th December 2015

      Thanks Sarah. The first batch of date balls I made were delicious, but these were even better.

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    Carolyn
    8th December 2015

    I’m there! Coconut is one of my favourite flavours, they certainly wouldn’t last a few weeks in a cool place in my house šŸ˜‰ They’d be lucky if they lasted to the end of the day!

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      Choclette
      8th December 2015

      Haha, they are quite rich and filling Carolyn, so you might get two days out of them šŸ˜‰

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    Galina V
    9th December 2015

    Your bliss balls sound lush. I love dates and coconut. Pure pleasure

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Thanks Galina – guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas šŸ˜‰

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    Sarah (@tamingtwins)
    9th December 2015

    I adore coconut and dates so these sound right up my street! I love the presentation in the box too, very pretty. Thanks for linking with #FestiveFoodFriday. Happy Christmas!

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      Choclette
      10th December 2015

      Thanks Sarah. They are truly delicious and only naughty if you demolish the whole lot in one sitting šŸ˜‰

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    18th December 2015

    Delicious AND healthy?! There’s nothing ‘bad’ in here….. they have to be the most virtuous truffles on the planet. That means I could eat a whole box for…….. breakfast!!

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    Janice
    20th December 2015

    These are fabulous Choclette! Definitely going to give this a try, I just love dates.

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      Choclette
      20th December 2015

      Thanks Janice. They are really are very good, especially for date lovers. I’m going to make a load more for Christmas – if I can find the time!

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    Jan
    10th January 2016

    These look lovely Choclette! A great idea to add dates.

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      Choclette
      10th January 2016

      Thanks Jan. The dates make these truffles plenty sweet enough without the need for anything else, which is great.

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    Katie
    12th January 2016

    Fabulous idea for a home-made gift… such natural ingredients too! This is definitely i’m going to try in my thermocook!

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      Choclette
      13th January 2016

      I am in love with those bliss balls Katie and made several batches over Christmas with lots of very positive comments from those that tried them.

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