Sweet treats that delicious, easy to make and not full of sugar can be a challenge to find – but we love a challenge! Our favourite sweet treats recipe by far is for ‘bliss balls’ – a chocolate tasting mix of dried fruits and nuts that disappear almost as soon as they’re made!
- 200g pitted dried dates and 200g of dried sultanas (or 400g of either one if you don’t have both)
- 200g almonds and 200g macadamias
- 5 heaped tablespoons of fair trade cocoa powder
- Desiccated coconut for rolling (or you could crush up some more almonds and maccas for rolling)
- Place dates and sultanas in a bowl and cover with hot water (almost boiling). Leave to soak for 15 minutes.
- Grind the nuts in a food processor to a fine consistency (though not too fine – they’re nice with a bit of crunch!). Take them out and place in a bowl.
- Take the dates and sultanas out of the water and put them into the food processor. Save the soak water in case you need to add some if the mixture is too dry. It’s also good idea to squeeze the dates as you put them in to check there are no date pips in hiding in them.
- Add the cocoa and then slowly add the ground nuts and process until the mixture becomes firm enough to roll into balls that hold their shape. If they're still too gooey you could add some desiccated coconut to the mix, if they're too dry add some of the date soak water.
- Coat the balls in coconut or crushed nuts and indulge then and there, or store in the fridge for up to a week. They also keep well in the freezer (not sure for how long, as ours never hang around long enough to find out!)
When oranges are in season, it’s lovely to add a splash of juice and some grated rind to the mix, for an extra nice burst of tanginess.
We’ve love to hear about any healthy/sugar free recipes you have for yummy treats! And we’re off to make other batch of bliss balls! Happy Easter everyone :)