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Coconut Bliss Balls with Medjool Dates & Raw Cacao

Dish full of Coconut Bliss Balls

These sumptuous coconut bliss balls are a type of raw chocolate truffle. They don’t have the name bliss balls for nothing. Try one 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.

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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. You can of course use any blender or even a food processor to make these gorgeous energy bites.

Coconut Bliss Balls

Bliss balls also go under the less prosaic name of energy balls or energy bites. I think I prefer my name for them. These coconut 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.

Chocolate box full of coconut bliss balls.

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.

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Coconut Bliss Balls

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 just about anyone.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: After Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bliss balls, coconut, energy bites, raw cacao, raw chocolates
Servings: 16 truffles
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Choclette

Ingredients

  • 125 g raw cashew nuts - soaked overnight
  • 25 g desiccated coconut + 2 tbsp for rolling
  • 150 g 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

These will keep in a cool place for a couple of weeks.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 7.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Sodium: 20mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 6.5g | Iron: 0.7mg

Sharing

I’m sending these coconut bliss balls off to #RecipeOfTheWeek with Emily at A Mummy Too.

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

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38 Comments

  1. Sus @ roughmeasures

    3rd December 2015 at 8:57 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 9:18 am

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

      Reply
  2. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    3rd December 2015 at 9:09 am

    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!! 😀

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 9:19 am

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

      Reply
  3. Dom

    3rd December 2015 at 9:54 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 10:46 am

      Haha, I do indeed Dom 😉

      Reply
  4. manu

    3rd December 2015 at 10:20 am

    Perfect for a dinner with friends in this period.
    xox

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Manu. Perfect for dinner at any time of year, I reckon 😉

      Reply
  5. Lauren

    3rd December 2015 at 10:23 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 10:52 am

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

      Reply
  6. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    3rd December 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Those look fab. I’ve got a load of medjool dates that I’ve been meaning to do something with for ages – maybe this is the something!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Oh do make them Helen, they really are gorgeous.

      Reply
  7. Melissa

    3rd December 2015 at 2:05 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Oh no Melissa, please don’t forget about you 😉

      Reply
  8. Janie

    3rd December 2015 at 6:35 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 7:40 pm

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

      Reply
  9. Leisel

    4th December 2015 at 4:01 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      5th December 2015 at 9:05 am

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

      Reply
  10. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    4th December 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I am desperate to make some energy balls – and since I love both coconut and cashews these ones are perfect to start with.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      5th December 2015 at 9:06 am

      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 😉

      Reply
  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    5th December 2015 at 3:17 pm

    They make an excellent holiday gift!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th December 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Anglie. I’m rather coveting a box of them myself 😉

      Reply
  12. Sarah James

    6th December 2015 at 8:32 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th December 2015 at 10:14 am

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

      Reply
  13. Carolyn

    8th December 2015 at 7:42 am

    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 😉 They’d be lucky if they lasted to the end of the day!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th December 2015 at 9:29 am

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

      Reply
  14. Galina V

    9th December 2015 at 11:50 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th December 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Galina – guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas 😉

      Reply
  15. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    9th December 2015 at 10:43 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th December 2015 at 8:31 am

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

      Reply
  16. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    18th December 2015 at 11:54 pm

    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!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th December 2015 at 8:52 am

      Well exactly Kate, you’ve got it in one 😉

      Reply
  17. Janice

    20th December 2015 at 8:37 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th December 2015 at 9:31 pm

      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!

      Reply
  18. Jan

    10th January 2016 at 8:05 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th January 2016 at 3:55 pm

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

      Reply
  19. Katie

    12th January 2016 at 1:54 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2016 at 2:51 pm

      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.

      Reply

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