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Goji Berry Bliss Balls (vegan, refined sugar & gluten-free)

Goji Berry Bliss Balls

Energy balls are all the rage now. Look in any self-respecting modern “healthy” cookbook and you’ll find at least one recipe for them. There’s a good reason for this. They are easy to make and utterly delicious. I’ve made quite a few over the last few years and these goji berry bliss balls are the latest.

When I need a sugar hit, I find one, or possibly two, energy balls gives me just what I need. They stop me dashing off to the shops for a far less healthy sugar fix. I like to call them bliss balls, as that really is the effect they have – on me at least. But as well as being delicious, both in taste and texture, they usually contain all sorts of beneficial nutrients. Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. They contain all sorts of phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals, including Vitamin A and Iron and are said to be good for boosting the immune system, supporting healthy circulation and preventing fatigue.

Goji Berry Bliss Balls

Indigo Herbs sell a whole range of high quality and mostly organic super foods via their online shop. I used two versions of goji berries in my recipe. I’ve been buying and eating dried goji berries for many years now, but I’d never come across goji berry powder before. I was quite excited at the prospect and immediately fancied making goji berry bliss balls and rolling the balls in the goji berry powder. I was expecting it to be red, but it’s actually more amber in colour. Once I got used to the idea, I decided it looked rather fetching. Unlike some powders I’ve tried, it tastes good. It’s slightly sweeter than I was expecting, but has a subtle bitter tone which is typical of goji berries.

In these goji berry bliss balls I’ve included oats to help balance any sugar spikes from the dates and maple syrup. Normally, I use cashew nuts when I make energy balls, but I substituted some of them with macadamia nuts this time as I had some lying around that needed using up. Macadamia nuts are particularly oily, so although I added a little coconut oil to the mix, it wasn’t really necessary.

Goji Berry Bliss Balls

Like all of the energy balls I’ve made, these goji berry bliss balls are super simple to make. I chuck all of the ingredients into a blender, my G2.3 Optimum Induction Blender to be precise and blitz for 20 seconds. If you don’t have a power blender these can be made just as well in a food processor, though the texture will probably be less smooth. All that’s needed after this, is to roll the mixture into balls and coat with the goji berry powder. The bliss balls will keep in a cool place for a week, assuming you can hang onto them that long. No chance of that happening here. CT’s verdict was “lush”. He particularly liked the their chewy, fudgy personality.

Next Sunday, 26th March is Mothering Sunday. Why not whip her up a batch of these goji berry bliss balls for a delicious and healthy treat. Put them in a pretty box or on an attractive plate and they are good to go. I’ve given bliss balls to my mother now on a few occasions and she’s become a big fan.

Goji Berry Bliss Balls
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Goji Berry Bliss Balls
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Delicious fruity energy balls flavoured with immune boosting goji berries and lucuma powder. Super simple to make.
Course: Snack
Serves: 20 balls
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 75 g cashew nuts
  • 50 g macadamia nuts
  • 50 g gluten free rolled oats
  • 75 g dates
  • 25 g goji berries
  • pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt
  • 1 tbsp lacuma powder
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil or 1 heaped tsp if unmelted
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 4 tsp goji berry powder
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the goji berry powder into a power blender or food processor and blitz until a smooth dough has formed. I used the mini jug of my Optimum G2.3
  2. Take walnut size pieces and roll into balls.
  3. Spoon the goji berry powder into a shallow bowl, then roll the balls in it until coated.
Recipe Notes

Makes 18-20 balls depending on size.

Store in an air tight container. Will keep in a cool place for a week.

Treat Petite LogoI’m sharing these goji berry bliss balls with Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer for Treat Petite.

 

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Comments

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    Diana
    19th March 2017

    Goji berries are one of my favourite ingredients at the moment, these energy look amazing I need to try your recipe!

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      Thanks Diana. I normally only use goji berries in smoothies and in porridge, so it’s nice to give them their own spot in the sun for a change.

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    Janice
    19th March 2017

    They sound just amazing, I love the slight sharpness that goji berries give to recipes.

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      Goji berries certainly have a distinct flavour and these are delicious, but I think it’s the thought of the energy boost that really appeals to me šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      I really should make them more often. They work so well and stop me craving sugar.

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    Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
    20th March 2017

    I don’t think cashews and macadamia nuts feature nearly enough in recipes. Maybe one day they’ll have their day. Will have to google what lacuma powder is. These balls look like the perfect-pick-me-up when the mid-afternoon slump hits.

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      Thanks Michelle. Macadamia nuts especially don’t get featured much. I do like to spread the word a bit, so I’m glad you’ve now been introduced to lacuma šŸ™‚

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    20th March 2017

    Those look so good Choclette and I love the flavours. I’ve not tried energy balls in my small jug yet. Shared : )

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      Thanks Jac. The small jug worked brilliantly and the dough was so much easier to get out than in the big jug.

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      Choclette
      20th March 2017

      Thanks Emma. The blender gives bliss balls in minutes – it’s fantastic.

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    Elinor Kugler
    20th March 2017

    Ooh, these look SO healthy! YUM! I too eat a bliss ball or 2 whenever I need a sugar fix! They’re ready in no time and taste divine! šŸ™‚

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    Stuart Vettese
    29th March 2017

    These look so healthy and delicious in equal amounts Choclette. Thanks for linking in with #TreatPetite

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      Choclette
      30th March 2017

      I go through phases of making them too. The colour is from the goji berry powder, which I was expecting to be red, but actually quite like as is.

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    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    1st April 2017

    I’ve always wanted to make energy balls and this looks like the perfect recipe! I am definitely in need of healthy treats to keep me away from naughtier options! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

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      Choclette
      3rd April 2017

      When I’m desperate for something sweet and yummy, I tend to turn to energy balls these days. Delicious and sort of healthy too – win win!

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