Lucy, Chef Witana and I had so much fun making these little guys and styling them on our food shoot last week for our new Bali retreat recipe book FEAST! These little numbers taste as good as they look, are easy to make and good for you too! We will share the video on making these in week three of our inner circle this month too!
We serve them at our Bali retreat after a yoga retreat class, fitness or surfing. It’s a great healthy, afternoon snack when your energy may have dipped and our ladies love them! You can get creative and customise them to your liking. The easiest way to make these bliss balls is to use a food processor or a blender … they’ll do all the hard labour like chopping and mixing for you!
5 minutes prep, makes 16 bliss balls.
12-15 pitted dates (dried or medjool)
1tbs or cacao powder
2 tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter
3/4cup (75g) raw almonds or substitute for other nuts like cashews, pecans, walnuts
1-2tbs rice malt syrup (or honey) *If using fresh medjool dates you will find that you’ll only need a tiny amount of rice malt syrup – or none at all
- Step 1 – Make a paste from the dates, cocoa powder and peanut butter. Use a food processor or blender to mix the ingredients until a sticky paste
- Step 2 – Add the almonds and rice malt syrup. Add the ingredients and blend until desired chunkiness is achieved.
- Step 3 – Check the mixture – If your mixture is too dry, add 1 extra tablespoon of rice malt syrup (or honey) and mix through. You want the mixture to be a little sticky and roll easily into balls.
You can use either Medjool or Dried pitted dates when making bliss balls, however, they hold different amounts of moisture which means that you’ll need to adapt the recipe slightly depending on which type of dates you’re using. At our Bali retreat, we use Medjool as they are sweeter and have a better taste.
Medjool dates are a soft, sticky date that can be bought from the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. If you’re using medjool dates in this recipe, you will only need a tiny bit of rice malt syrup (or none at all).
Dried pitted dates are pretty dry in comparison and can be bought from the dried fruit aisle of the supermarket. If you’re using dried dates in this recipe, you’ll need to add rice malt syrup to make the mixture sticky enough to roll into balls.
These Bliss balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. So you can make them in batches and always have them on hand after a yoga class, or when you get a sweet craving and want something healthy.
Enjoy and be sure to send us photos of your creations. If you like this recipe, check out our 21 day Nutrition and Cooking online course called Nourish at home here. Alternatively, come join us or return to us on retreat in Bali where you’ll get to indulge in delicious food like this at one of our Bali women’s retreats here.