Choc-Orange & Fig-Coconut Bliss Balls

I made these two recipes, modified from our existing bliss ball recipes, for the Vasta Vision Seminar weekend that was held in Mildura this month. From what I heard, the weekend was very successful and undoubtedly hugely beneficial for all participants, and the great feedback extended to the bliss balls that were served for morning tea! 

So, upon request, today I share with you another two quick and easy bliss ball recipes - one classic choc-orange combo - and a completely new one for BBH - fig and coconut! I hope you enjoy these recipes and I would love to hear your favourite flavour variations on bliss balls.

*A quick, little nutrition note: whilst bliss balls like these are great, healthier alternatives to regular sweets and chocolate, they still call for quite a bit of dried fruit, which means they are pretty high in fructose (the naturally-occurring, but sometimes problematic, sugar in fruit). With that in mind, if you have any kind of fructose/FODMAP intolerances then it is probably best to avoid such recipes or at least reduce the dried fruit and up the coconut oil. Otherwise, enjoy these beauties, like all treats, in moderation. 

1. Classic Choc-Orange Bliss Balls

  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in hot water 10-15 minutes and then drained)
  • 1 cup activated nuts (I used almonds, but any work)
  • 1/3 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3-4 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (I personally use DoTerra)

Method: Place all ingredients into a food processor (or a strong blender!) and blend until well mixed - it should form a sticky, but relatively dry mixture that holds together when you try to make clumps. Use your hands to roll them into small, bite-sized balls and place in an airtight container. Put in the fridge for a few hours, to set the coconut oil, and then enjoy! Will keep in the fridge for a good week or you can also freeze them for long-term storage.

2. Fig & Coconut Bliss Balls

  • 1 cup dried figs (soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then drained)
  • 1 cup activated nuts (cashews or macadamias work perfectly for this)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Method: Once again, blend all ingredients in a food processor and roll into balls. These ones look even better when rolled in some desiccated coconut. The same rules for setting and storage apply as above.

Keep healthy,

Erica x