It’s no secret that I love snacking (potentially the biggest understatement I’ve made!), and I especially love all those handy energy bars like Bounce Balls and Nakd bars, no refined sugars, no nasties, but a whole lot of yum and perfect for on the go snacking. Unfortunately for me, I’m on a student budget and buying endless snacks becomes rather costly, so I decided to see if I could make my own and ended up with these date and coconut bliss balls, so called because each bite is a mouthful of pure bliss.
Getting up close and personal with that coconutty goodness
Based on the same premise as the Nakd bars that I love so much, I decided to use the simplest ingredients, nuts, dried fruit and natural flavouring. These only use 4 ingredients and work out at about 30p per bite!
Like their branded cousins, these bites are perfect for on the go snacking- I keep mine in the fridge, then chuck a couple into my bag before going out for the day, meaning that I’ve got instant energy on hand.
For any of you endurance beasts out there, they even work for a delicious whole-foods running fuel, I’ve trialled shaping them into small blocks and stashing them in a little bag which worked really well and made a nice change from my usual refined-sugar packed sweets!
DATE AND COCONUT BLISS BALLS
SERVES: MAKES 12 BALLS TIME: 10 MINS
- 1/3 cup cashew nuts
- 10 medjool dates (pitted, and they must be medjool, other varities don’t bind as well!)
- 1/3 cup dessicated coconut (I prefer unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp oil (I used coconut, but a mild vegetable oil may work too)
- 1 tbsp water
- Pulse the cashew nuts in a food processor until they’ve started to break down.
- Add in the dates, 1/4 cup of the dessicated coconut, 1 tbsp oil and the water.
- Process until the mixture comes together and it’s no longer chunky.
- Using roughly 1 tablespoon per bite, shape them into balls and then roll them in the remaining coconut.
- Store in the fridge until ready to eat!
*This is just my basic coconut recipe, but I’m excited to play around with different ingredients like peanut butter and chocolate! Let me know if there’s any flavours you’d love me to try in the comments!
I adore these bliss balls and I hope that you do too! Let me know if you make them and how they turn out.