While traveling through Australia, I discovered my love for bliss balls again. These balls are so energy-rich and the perfect grab-and-go snack all day long. Several Australian supermarkets have bliss balls on their stocklist with different flavors. My absolute favorite ones were Carman’s Almond, Super Seed & Vanilla Bliss Balls. I really loved the combination of vanilla and the slightly sweet taste of the dates mixture. Back home I tried my own version of bliss balls and I am super happy with the result: Vanilla Cacao Bliss Balls with crunchy almond chunks and nuts. Preparation takes literally just 10 minutes. You only need a good food processor to crush the almonds, dates and nuts!
Healthy bliss balls, energy balls or pralines?
In the past, I already tried several recipes for healthy bliss balls. Normally, I just mix some dates with oats and add some nuts and special ingredients like almond butter, cacao powder, chocolate chunks, cinnamon, agave syrup and other things I find in my kitchen. Therefore, depending on which ingredients you use, you get an extra portion of energy, proteins and sweetness. A very popular recipe is still the one for Raw Raffaello Pralines, a healthy version of the famous pralines. They are also quite similar to the bliss balls, just with a different kind of flavor.
VANILLA CACAO BLISS BALLSPrint Recipe
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup oats
- 3 tablespoons cashew nuts (unsalted)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. If you do not like chunks of almonds and nuts, better process them first before adding all the other ingredients.
Roll little balls. They are ready to eat immediately!
If the dates are not entirely soft, better heat them up in some water and cook them for 5-10 minutes, so they turn soft.