When did bliss balls become a thing? I am a late adopter in most things and before I go further, I should add that I’m a complete convert now I’ve found them. But when did they suddenly appear? It’s like quinoa and chia seeds. One day they just didn’t exist and then the next they were everywhere. As crazy as this sounds, I remember the days before balsamic vinegar. Oh the horror.
My other problem here is that I’m English and therefore anything that sounds remotely smutty makes me snicker behind my hand. Bliss balls. Admit it. It’s funny.
My little boys obviously find this hilarious also, so I choose from now on to call them Bliss Bites, and I just try to rise above it when the boys ask if there’s any nuts in it (while over-emphasising the word nuts and falling around on the floor laughing).
I have persevered though because they seem like such a great idea to help with sweet cravings and I’m a massive fan of anything I can give the boys for snacks that isn’t packaged rubbish. This is one of my faves because it’s nut-free (Ha! Take that boys!) and so can be included in lunch boxes at school but also packs a chocolate-y punch when you wanna smash a Mars bar.
This recipe makes about 18 so they come out at around 100 calories each. I count calories intermittently because some things blow the calorie count but are just good and healthy. This is one of them, being unprocessed and lacking refined sugar. But obviously it is sweet so ending up at 100 cals is pretty good to just give you that sugary hit.
Nut-Free Chocolate Bliss Bites
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup sultanas or raisins
- 1/2 cup cacao (or cocoa powder if that’s what you have in the cupboard)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Milo, more cacao or desiccated coconut to coat them
I buy the cheaper dried dates so I stuck ’em in a bowl in some boiling water for a few minutes to soften them up. Then into the whizzer with all the other ingredients except for whatever you’re going to coat them with.
Blitz til mixed and pasty. Then roll into balls and throw into a bowl with your coating ingredient (I used Milo).
One of my angels doesn’t like it “gritty” (the sunflower seeds chop in the whizzer but it doesn’t go smooth and buttery) so next time I might blitz those separately so they make a finer grain and then blitz with the other ingredients.
Mine made about 18 using a tablespoon to measure. They can be stored in the fridge and also in the freezer – I tend to make a batch of different bites per week, keep half in the fridge for the week and freeze the other half so my freezer is a glowing assortment of tasty snacks.
Nom-nom-nom……watch this space for the ones I trial that turn out to be the easiest and tastiest.