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Bliss Balls

Holiday Bliss Balls

Dec 4, 2018

Bliss BallsWe know that sometimes it can be difficult to fill #halfyourplate during the busy holiday season.  We’ve teamed up with Renee from the blog Hungry Bear Grazing to bring you the following idea! 

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When you think festive goodies, what comes to mind? Is it gingerbread? Or perhaps a buttery shortbread? Maybe even the oh so decedent Christmas pudding?All absolutley divine options, in fact I’m hungry just typing them down. Now, don’t get me wrong I love all these options but when I took a moment to think of a healthy Christmas treat nothing come to mind. So of course I felt inspired to make some healthy, raw, vegan treats for you all to enjoy with your loved ones this Christmas.

For years now I’ve been a long time lover of bliss balls. They’re healthy, filling and the perfect on the the go snack. So I’ve altered an everyday favourite bite size snack into a festive batch of jolly fun!  Each recipe has it’s own personality and flavour and  with your first bite the tastebuds will cheer with approval and I promise you  won’t even be tempted by the rich Christmas pudding. Best of all, these three recipes contain many of the same ingredients making the shopping list all the more efficient and your Christmas prepping all the less stressful!  With each recipe having an approximate prep time of 10 minutes, theses bliss balls are your got-to organic, feel good festive treats!

Cocoa, Date & Coconut Bliss Balls 
Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup fresh pitted dates, chopped​
– 1/2 cup rolled oats
– 1/2 cup nuts of your choice (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
– 1/2 cup shredded coconut
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 1 tbsp chia seeds
– 1 tbsp maple syrup
– 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
– To coat: 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
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Instructions: 

1. Soak chopped dates in  a small bowl of warm water for 15 mins or until soft, drain and tip into your food processor.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and process until just combined.
3. 
Remove mixture from processor and roll into tablespoon sized balls.
4. Roll each ball in desiccated coconut before placing on baking tray.
5. 
Let set in refrigerator for at approx. 20 minutes before serving. Store in a airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer.

Choc Chip Cranberry Bliss Balls 
​Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup fresh pitted dates, chopped​
– 1/2 cup dried cranberries
– 3/4 cup rolled oats
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 1/3 cup peanut butter
– 1/3 cup choc chips
– 1/2 tsp chia seeds
– 3/4 cup coconut flakes
– 1/2 cup walnuts

Instructions: 
1. Soak chopped dates and cranberries in of warm water for 15 minutes or until soft.
​2. Drain and tip dates and cranberries into your  food processor.
3. Add all remaining ingredients and pulse lightly in the processor until combined. 
4. Remove mixture from processor and roll into tablespoons sized balls, place each ball on baking tray.​
5. Let set in refrigerator for at approx. 20 minutes before serving. Store in a airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one

Berrylicious Bliss Balls
Ingredients:
– 1 cup berries, mixed fresh or frozen
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 3/4 cup  rolled oats
– 1/4 cup coconut flour
– 1 pinch Salt
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/3 cup  shredded coconut/coconut ribbonsInstructions:
1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until the dough is sticky. If too dry, add a few drops of water or maple syrup.
2. Remove mixture from processor and roll into tablespoons sized balls, place each ball on baking tray.​ Allow balls to set in the fridge for approx. 15 minutes. 
3. Let set in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
​4. Store in a airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer.
Written by Half Your Plate friend Hungry Bear Grazing, follow her social media here @hungrybeargrazing

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