Getting Busy with Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are all over the place these days so of course, I had to share my favourites, too! Unlike many out there, mine aren’t that nut-heavy but instead get their bulk and nutritional punch from whole rolled oats, beans, and even cottage cheese! I love my kooky take on bliss balls and I hope you do, too.
TOPS OF THE POPS
Once you’ve made your bliss balls then it’s the time to get rolling and coating – see the step images below. I take 1 tbsp of bliss ball mix and roll between my hands (it’s a bit sticky but fun!) then I scatter my topping of choice (approx. ½ cup per batch) onto a plate and roll the balls around on there. As for topping ideas… The sky is the limit! Some of my faves are desiccated coconut, Crunchy Crisp Muesli ground up a bit in the food processor), ground toasted nuts, or even drizzled melted chocolate.
CHOCO BLACK BEAN BITES
- ½ cup pitted dates, squished into the cup to fit (approx. 70g)
- ¼ cup natural nut butter of choice
- 100g dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa), broken into pieces
- ½ cup whole rolled oats
- 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate on 50% power for 2 minutes or until melted. If there are still a few lumps, gently stir and the chocolate will finish melting as you stir.
2. Pour melted chocolate into a food processor, add dates and nut butter and blitz until it’s as smooth as possible, scraping down the sides as needed.
3. Add remaining ingredients and continue to process until it comes together. You’ll probably still see a few pieces of oats but that’s fine.
4. Form approx. 15 balls (1 tbsp each) and roll in your choice of topping.
PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE BALLS
- 1 cup creamed cottage cheese
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1—2 tbsp baking-style stevia
- ½ cup whole rolled oats
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
1 Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.
2 Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow oats to soak up moisture and mixture to thicken up.
3 Form approx. 10 balls (1 tbsp each) and roll in your choice of topping. It’s a bit sticky, but you’ll be ok!
SUNSHINE 'N' SPICE BALLS
1 cup dried apricots, squished into cup to fit
1 cup whole rolled oats
1 cup carrot, grated (approx. 1 carrot)
2 tbsp natural nut butter of choice
½—1 tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
½ tsp ground ginger
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky paste forms.
2. Form approx. 12 small balls (1 tbsp each) and roll in your choice of topping.
SESAME LOVERS SURPRISE BALLS
½ cup pitted dates, squished into cup to fit
1 cup cooked brown rice, squished into cup to fit
½ cup savoury yeast flakes (see Tips)
¼ cup tahini paste
1 tsp ground ginger
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky paste forms.
Form approx. 10 balls (1 tbsp each) and roll in your choice of topping.
Savoury yeast flakes are a great source of protein, and some varieties come fortified with Vitamin B12 too, which is especially good for vegan and vegetarian diets. It also packs a flavour punch. It’s nutty, malty and creamy and is a great cheese substitute. Most good supermarkets now stock them or pop down to your local health food store.
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