Coconut Cacao Bliss Balls
Another day, another delish ball variation...
Much like the original Energy Ball, this tiny snack packs a delicious -- and NUTRITIOUS -- punch.
The perks about this recipe are that 1) it uses less ingredients (win for both your time AND your wallet -- especially if you're making 12 batches of these a month). And 2) you can "build" off of the original recipe and add in pretty much anything you like.
The only con I can think of is that...it doesn't have any nut butter in it. I know, right? You're flabbergasted. I, the Nut Butter Addict, have created a treat without the use of any nut butter. I am almost ashamed of myself.
EXCEPT. It has whole nuts in it. So that's basically nut butter, right?? Whew. Ok, now I feel like I can show my face again.
This bliss ball recipe is adapted from Cameron Diaz's site: www.ourbodybook.com. I just happened to stumble upon this site and fell. in. looooove. So many yummy ideas and good motivation for life in general.
Sorry -- back to those balls. I took the original recipe and just tweaked it a bit more. You could really add any "mix-in's" you'd like in there (mini chocolate chips, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, dried fruit)...or coat them in melted organic, fair trade chocolate if you REALLY wanna get all fancy-dancy.
COCONUT CACAO BLISS BALLS
Cook Time: 40 min (30 min setting in freezer)
Servings: about 15 ping-pong size balls
1 C nuts of choice (I used almonds, but cashews or walnuts would be work just as well)
1 C pitted medjool dates (about 9-10 dates)
2 Tbsp Navita Naturals cacao powder
pinch pink salt
1-2 Tbsp water (add a Tbsp at a time till the mixture sticks together)
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds (optional, but I like the texture and added nutrient boost it gives them)
1/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut for coating at the end (or not -- as you can see, I left a few un-coconutted for B)
Pulse nuts in food processor till coarsely chopped. Add in dates, cacao powder, salt, and 1 Tbsp water. Pulse till mixture binds together, adding another Tbsp of water if needed. Roll into balls. Place coconut in a bowl and roll each ball around till thoroughly coated. Pop into the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Store in airtight container for up to a week or freezer for up to 4 weeks.
I hope you + yours enjoy these as much as we did! I also hope you all have a very BLESSED Christmas holiday celebrating our Savior. Later, babes! <3