Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

As much as I adore PB choc bliss balls, thought it was time to try something else! Whoever thought of bringing sweet and savoury flavours into one dish is a genius. I have taken that concept and put it into my bliss balls as they are fast becoming one of my favourite work snacks.

Bliss balls are super easy, jam packed full of deliciousness and will keep you full for your afternoon! These are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free!

Salted Caramel Bliss Balls (yielded 8 for me but will depend how big you roll them)

What you’re going to need

1 cup dates, chopped (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes if not moist)

3/4 cup walnuts (soak in cold water for 30 minutes – optional)***

1/2 tablespoon rice malt syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

sprinkle cinnamon

cracked sea salt (to taste)

desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

  1. In a food processor, add of the ingredients except the coconut.
  2. Process until ingredients are well combined.
  3. On a plate, add a few spoons of desiccated coconut. Using gloves, a spoon or bare hands, roll the mixture into evenly sized bliss balls.
  4. Roll each ball through the coconut. Repeat until all the bliss ball mixture has been used.
  5. Store in the fridge/freezer and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

*** The bliss balls will still turn out wonderfully without soaking the nuts prior to blending, but soaking them makes them so so creamy and perfect for these sweet treats!

Almond Chia Bliss Balls

I haven’t had almonds in my house for a while now. However, Coles recently had a great special on almonds so decided to stock up! I still have my 1kg bag of chia which will last me an eternity which is awesome. So a bit of brainstorming led me to think up these delightful treats! There are just 5 ingredients in these and an optional sixth! These will take you less than 5 minutes and can be popped straight in the fridge after they’re made for storage! These are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free!

Almond Chia Bliss Balls (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1/3 cup almonds

1/4 cup chopped dates

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon liquid sweetener (maple syrup, rice malt syrup or honey)

sprinkle cinnamon

sesame seeds for rolling (optional)

Method

  1. Blend your almonds into a coarse meal in a pulse blender or food processor
  2. Once in a meal, add the chia and cinnamon and pulse again to combine
  3. Add the dates and syrup and pulse until the mixture is moist and combined and can be moulded into shape with your fingers
  4. Roll into ball shapes and if you like, cover with sesame seeds.
  5. Store in the fridge for up to a week!

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Chocolate and Avocado Bliss Balls

Avocado + Chocolate = New found heaven

Avocado is a perfect dairy substitute as it provides a creamy, neutral base for basically anything from pasta sauces to my featured bliss balls!

These are super duper easy and jam packed full of goodness! They have an amazing mousse texture and just melt in your mouth! Perfect treat for any time of the day I say!

So here’s what you gotta do to create these marvellous treats which will last about 5 minutes…

Chocolate and Avocado Bliss Balls

What you’re going to need

1/2 ripe avocado

75 grams 70% dark chocolate, melted

1/3 cup almond meal

1 tablespoon cacao powder

Method

1. If you’re making your own almond meal, prepare that first by blending up the almonds until they form a coarse powder.

2. Combine all ingredients in a pulse blender until well combined and a smooth consistency is established

3. Prepare a tray with a piece of grease proof paper. Using gloves (or no gloves, depends how grubby you’re willing to get), roll the mixture into balls and place on the tray. (My mixture yielded 8 medium sized balls)

4. Place the tray in the freezer until set (or if you’re patient, put them in the fridge for a few hours)

5. Devour!

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Protein packed bliss balls!

So I’ve done quite a bit of research trying to source a recipe to work off to create these. I wanted to find a recipe that did not include coconut oil. It’s pretty pricey for the good stuff and so budget foodie me had to sought a solution to this that would keep with my theme of not “breaking the bank”. I stumbled across Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar website and she has provided me with a recipe that does not include coconut oil! I did use the same measurements as Sarah for my most part but I ended up substituting a few ingredients with my own as they were already regular ingredients in my pantry at home! So here’s my version of Sarah’s Bliss Ball recipe.

What you’re going to need

1 cup walnuts

1 cup rolled oats.

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.

1 heaped tablespoon vanilla protein powder.

pinch salt.

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2/3 cups crunchy peanut butter

3 tablespoons soy milk

desiccated coconut (for rolling).

Method

1. Process your oats and walnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped.

2. Mix in all of your other dry ingredients until combined

3. Mix all of your wet ingredients (peanut butter, maple syrup and soy milk) in a separate bowl until combined.

4. Add your wet mix to dry and begin combining using your hands (I find wearing disposable rubber gloves for this part was extremely helpful as to avoid getting bliss ball mix under my finger nails)

5. Work with the mix until it is all uniformly combined and begin rolling into balls. (My mix made about 12, but will vary depending on what size you would prefer)

6. Roll the balls in desiccated coconut for that extra burst of flavour! Store in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long)

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For more info on Sarah Wilson and her food philosophy

https://iquitsugar.com/