Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls Recipe
I am a chocolate devotee. I do kneel at the altar of chocolate. It is my one vice that I cannot give up. Yet for seven years, I did just that. God knows how.
But after Ned was born, I spied a chocolate bar wrapper and that was the end of my abstinence. (Since then, I’ve more than made up for it and I have the wobbly tummy to prove it!)
I’ve learned that life is too short to do without the things you LOVE. Never again will I be chocolate-free. NEVER.
But the thing is, my chocolate of choice is Cadbury dairy milk. And even though the uber-goddess Kate Moss herself did once proclaim that ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’, I’m sorry to say I disagree. I may not be Kate Moss, nor do I have her bank balance, but I do have a smile on my face. A chocolate grin. A happy stance. And that ol’ wobbly chocolate-inspired tum.
So, it seems I can’t keep tucking into the old Cadbury dairy milk without consequence. I’m not a 2-pieces a day girl. No. More like a ‘family block’ a day girl. So you see, this cannot go on. There must be some kind of balance and I struggle to find it with old Cad.
But there is a quirky yummy alternative which DOES satisfy my sweet tooth, my chocolate cravings AND that sensation of biting down on chocolate-ly deliciousness.
It is these. My saviours. My heroes. My friends. If you have a chocolate addiction or out-of-this-world cravings like me, I’m pretty sure you’ll love these too.
Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls.
In your thermomix or food processor, whiz up these ingredients until it is a big bowl of slightly gooey but firm to the touch (eg, easy to roll into balls) deliciousness:
- 20-25 dates (you can use 12-14 medjool dates instead but I find these a bit messy and sticky so I use the dried ones)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs (when I have them)
- 1/2 cup pepita seeds
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup pecan or hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (can substitute cocoa if you don’t have cacao handy, but cacao has health benefits and stronger choc flavour)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon rice syrup or honey (can omit and add 1 tablespoon more water instead for moistness)
- 1/4 cup water (add more if your mix is too dry…a little at a time)
Pop a cup of desiccated coconut into a small bowl.
With clean hands, roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball then coat it in the coconut. Place in your container.
Continue until all mixture has been used up.
Sneak one out and eat it for your afternoon tea!
Store the rest in the freezer for a late night chocolately fix before bed. I make smaller balls and treat myself to three per day.