Coconut Bliss Balls with Medjool Dates & Raw Cacao
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.
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 £549, that’s a whopping £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.
- 125g raw cashew nuts - soaked overnight
- 25g desiccated coconut + 2 tbsp for rolling
- 150g Medjool dates - weight after stoning (8-10 dates)
- 3 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt - or any salt of choice
- 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.
- 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.
- Place the remaining desiccated coconut into a bowl.
- 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.
- These will keep in a cool place for a couple of weeks.
Other bliss balls or similar you might like
- Chocolate coconut protein bites via Kerry Cooks
- Date coconut & almond truffles via The Hedge Combers
- Energy bites via United Cakedom
- Fruity flapjack energy bites via Eats Amazing
- Lemon macaroon protein balls via Celery & Cupcakes
- Raw chocolate & nut energy bites via Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen
- Raw vegan strawberry & coconut macaroons via Planet Veggie
- Spirulina energy balls via Rough Measures
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