I’m an absolute sucker for a 3pm chocolate hit. At that time of day I really feel like a reward and preferably that reward is in the form of chocolate. My new way of indulging my afternoon chocoholic tendencies is to make a batch of chocolate bliss balls. You would have seen them in hipster cafes and yoga studios but they’re often quite exorbitantly priced.
The good news is that they’re easy to make yourself (so easy that even my toddler was able to assist) and these chocolate bliss balls really do satisfy that chocolate craving while leaving you feel slightly more virtuous. They are also a fabulous snack for kids and an excellent bribery method. This recipe is based on a Thermomix one but you can easily also make these in a normal food processor.
My one tip is to make sure you use fresh dates as this really improves the flavour and texture of these little balls. The dried dates can leave the bliss balls tasting a little, well… dry. Pop the chocolate bliss balls in a jar in the fridge and they’re good for a week. Now I just need to work on an alternative for my 5pm wine craving.
- 120g raw almonds (for Thermomix or CC)/ almond meal for food processor
- 150g fresh dates (I use Medjool), pitted
- 170g sultanas
- 2 tbs raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50g orange juice
- 50g dessiccated coconut plus another 20g for decorating
- 1. Place the almonds in the mixing bowl and mill for 10 sec/speed 7 in the Thermomix or pulse for 1 min in the CC with the kneading/crushing knife.
- 2. Add the dates and raisins and chop for 10 sec/speed 8 in the Thermomix or chop for 10 sec/speed 10 in the CC with the ultrablade.
- 3. Add the cacao powder, cinnamon, orange juice and coconut and blend for 10 sec/speed 7 in the Thermomix or 10 sec/speed 9 in the CC or until the mixture forms a smooth paste.
- 4. Spread the extra coconut on a clean surface and use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut to coat.
- 1. Process the dates, almond meal, sultanas, cacoa powder, cinnamon, orange juice and coconut on a high speed until the mixture forms a smooth paste.
- 2. Spread the extra coconut on a clean surface and use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut to coat.
This recipe was featured in EnergyAustralia’s energy saving “Simple & tasty: our top oven-free recipes” article.