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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

Goji Berry Powder

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.

Goji Berry Bliss Balls

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 you can make these 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.

Other Recipes for Energy Balls You Might Like

If you’d like even more ideas for bliss balls, you’ll find plenty of recipes on my Energy Bites board on Pinterest.

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Goji Berry Bliss Balls – The Recipe

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Goji Berry Bliss Balls

Delicious fruity energy balls flavoured with immune boosting goji berries and lucuma powder. Super simple to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bliss balls, energy bites, goji berries, healthy, quick
Servings: 20 balls

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

  • 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
  • Take walnut size pieces and roll into balls.
  • Spoon the goji berry powder into a shallow bowl, then roll the balls in it until coated.

Notes

Makes 18-20 balls depending on size.
Store in an air tight container. Will keep in a cool place for a week.

Sharing

I’m sharing these goji berry bliss balls with Cakeyboi.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Indigo Herbs. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission.

24 Comments

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    19th March 2017 at 7:17 pm

    These energy balls are loaded with great stuff, Choclette.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Angie and they have the benefit of being super tasty too.

      Reply
  2. Diana

    19th March 2017 at 7:55 pm

    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 at 8:31 am

      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.

      Reply
  3. Janice

    19th March 2017 at 9:44 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 8:29 am

      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 😉

      Reply
  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    20th March 2017 at 10:40 am

    You can never go wrong with an energy bite! Always have to have them stocked!

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    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 11:48 am

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

      Reply
  5. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    20th March 2017 at 10:46 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 11:47 am

      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 🙂

      Reply
  6. Jacqueline Meldrum

    20th March 2017 at 11:01 am

    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 at 11:44 am

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

      Reply
  7. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    20th March 2017 at 11:06 am

    I need to start using my blender for more than just smoothies! These bliss balls look delicious. I could snaffle a couple right now!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 11:45 am

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

      Reply
  8. Elinor Kugler

    20th March 2017 at 3:28 pm

    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! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Absolutely Elinor. I’m so very glad I discovered them 🙂

      Reply
  9. Stuart Vettese

    29th March 2017 at 8:05 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      29th March 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Stuart. Time I made another batch methinks 😉

      Reply
  10. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    30th March 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I love energy balls but haven’t made any for ages – I’m not sure why! Yours are a beautiful colour.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th March 2017 at 1:09 pm

      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.

      Reply
  11. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    1st April 2017 at 3:03 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd April 2017 at 8:05 pm

      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!

      Reply
  12. Kate | Veggie Desserts

    3rd April 2017 at 4:43 pm

    They look delicious. I have some goji berries so I’ll give them a try!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd April 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Kate. I’ve become rather a fan of energy balls 🙂

      Reply

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