PEANUT BUTTER. CHOCOLATE. COCONUT. Has that got your attention?

Who else craves that all consuming sugar fix at 3pm? Not sure about you guys, but when we’re craving that  afternoon snack we usually go to the first thing that we find. We know we need it, but we don’t have the time to make it, or get too creative.

We soon realised that it was time to get organised, and have some healthy snacks ready to go. Not just for an afternoon fix, but between jobs, travelling and looking after our boys. Enter the Bliss Ball. A Google search brings up many different recipes for this little ball of goodness, and it can be quite overwhelming choosing a recipe. Most commonly we would choose a recipe that used ingredients that were already in the cupboard, but over time and a few trial and error experiments, we came up with the perfect snack.

So, this is the snack you eat when you really, really want something bad (insert sugar and carbs), but without all the guilt. These balls taste like a naughty treat, but in fact are a great little healthy snack, plus very easy to prepare (which is a major tick in our book).

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PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE FUDGEY BLISS BALLS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups raw almonds
  • 2 tbs raw cacao
  • 20 pitted dates (we like to use medjool dates)
  • 4 tbs peanut butter (we like to use Mayver’s Peanut and Coconut spread)
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1-2 tbs rice malt syrup or honey (if you don’t want to add anymore sweetness then you can also use water or coconut oil instead)
  • Shredded coconut

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METHOD

  1. Place the almonds, dates, raw cacao, salt and peanut butter into a food processor
  2. Blend until the mixture resembles a sticky paste (but leave so that there is still some texture to the ball)
  3. If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs of rice malt syrup or honey and pulse to mix through. If it is still too dry add another tablespoon and pulse again. (The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls).
  4. Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
  5. Roll balls in shredded coconut
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week- they usually don’t last that long!

The perfect snack to whip up a quick batch on the weekend, and then have ready for the week. They taste so good that they should be bad, but they’re loaded with nutty goodness and dates. If you’re running low on almonds, you can substitute with other nuts such as cashews and macadamias. Go on, make a batch ready to conquer your 3pm cravings!

If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, here are some other recipes that we have tried and that get our seal of approval.

Sophie Guidolin’s Energy Balls recipe here 

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Lola Berry’s Lemon Pie Bites recipe here

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Wholefood Simply’s Raspberry Bliss Balls recipe here

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