I’m pretty sure I have cracked the code. I have been doing a lot of trial and error with bliss balls lately. Trying to find the perfect formula for a healthy snack which doesn’t involve sugar or dairy. I can say with confidence that these are the best. In fact, I would venture to say that these vegan dark chocolate bliss balls are better than actual dark chocolate.
As an avid consumer of dark chocolate, this is a huge claim. But I am willing to stand by it. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t believe it either if someone told me that you can make vegan dark chocolate that actually tastes better than the real thing. But once you try these you will know what I am talking about.
What Makes These Bliss Balls So Great?
I have often pondered this very thought. I will do my best to walk you through the experience. First, it starts with the smooth, silky texture. This recipe is a perfect combination of ingredients to create a very smooth texture.
Then there is the incredible cocoa flavor. Just like any good dark chocolate it’s a very powerful hit of cocoa but not too much to taste bitter. In the case of this recipe, the intense chocolate flavor is balanced by the sweetness of the Medjool Dates.
Finally there is a depth of flavour from the nuts and coconut oil. You can’t directly taste these, but they combine to give a depth of flavor and protein that leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Is There Any Special Secret To Making Them?
Not really. Just make sure to fully combine all the dry ingredients in the food processor first. Ensure that that the ingredients are finely processed for that smooth texture.
Once the dry ingredients are combined, then it’s just a case of adding in the Medjool Dates and Coconut oil. You might have to manually stir the wet ingredients through the mixture a bit to help the processor. You know it has all combined well if it comes out as a smooth paste.
Can Ingredients Be Substituted?
You could swap out the coconut oil for another type of oil if you don’t like it. You can hardly taste the coconut flavor of the oil due to the intense amount of cocoa in this recipe.
You could also reduce the number of dates used for a less sweet, more chocolatey flavor.
Another ingredient you could add is a pinch or two of crushed sea salt. This will create a contrast in the flavors of this recipe.
Any Serving Suggestions?
As mentioned these are the ultimate healthy snack substitute. If are trying to eat well and craving something sweet, then these Bliss Balls will do the trick. Because they have a lot of protein, they make you feel full sooner and therefore helpful for your cravings.
This makes them a great compliment to an afternoon tea or coffee and an excellent way to entertain guests. We had some family over just after making these and the bliss balls didn’t last long with a good cup of tea.
Our kids loved them too and if you are trying to instill some good wholesome food habits into your children then these are the way to go. Because this recipe is so simple to make you can also get them to help. It’s really just measure out the ingredients, pop them into the processor then roll them out into balls.
Serves: 12 Balls
- ½ Cup Almonds
- ½ Cup Almond Meal
- ½ Cup of Cashews
- ½ Cup of Cocoa Powder
- 12 Medjool Dates
- ⅓ Cup of Coconut Oil
- Place the Almonds, Almond Meal, Cashews and Cocoa Powder into a process and combine thoroughly
- Add in the Medjool dates into the mix and process for another 1-2 minutes
- Stir in the oil using a teaspoon and then process thoroughly to ensure an even mix. Manually stir the mixture if you need to ensure the mix becomes a smooth paste.
- Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture onto a plate, rolling it into a smooth ball. Repeat until the mixture is all used up.
- Place balls into the freezer for 10 minutes and they should be ready to eat after that. Store any uneaten balls in the fridge.