Like I’ve said before, I do not, and have never had, a sweet tooth.
I prefer dinner to desserts, salt to sugar, and would rather eat the pie crust than the actual pie filling.
So I was stunned when the other day, all I could think about was eating some kind of raw dessert. I was tempted to make vegan cheesecake, but didn’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. I almost got in my car, but didn’t want to lower my body temperature even more with a bowl of frozen goodness.
I almost gave up when I remembered the delectable, easy, and indulgent wonders that are bliss balls!
This recipe took me all of 10 minutes, between blending ingredients and rolling and since they’re raw, I didn’t have to wait around for them to bake and cool! Perfect sweet treat to satisfy my need for instant gratification.
These balls definitely qualify as a dessert without any added sugars, make a perfect pre or post workout snack, or are a convenient little breakfast.
Bottom line: I love them, and you should try them.
Makes 10 balls
- 1/2 cup raw or roasted almonds
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup pitted date, soaked in water for 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (or gluten free oats)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (made from coconut flakes)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. chia seeds (optional for rolling)
While your dates are soaking, put coconut flakes into a food processor/blender and chop until they’re sand-like pieces. Drain dates, add them to blender with coconut, and add cashews, almonds, oats, and coconut oil. Blend until oats and nuts break down and all comes together in a ball, stopping to scrape down the sides as you go.
Roll into balls using your hands, and roll the balls in chia seeds. Refrigerate for at least a half hour and store int he fridge.
I only had a bit of chia seeds leftover, so I only rolled half of the balls in the seeds…turns out it made for pretty pictures so I’m glad I did!
These little babies are full of healthy goodies AND super luscious. Next time your sweet tooth hits, forget the cookies and coconut milk ice cream and pop one of these bad boys into your mouth.