You may also know Bliss Balls as Energy Balls or energy balls. This vegan recipe is definitely a delicious snack that goes very well in the vegan Christmas bakery. I used Medjool dates and Canadian maple syrup because I didn’t want to use industrial sugar as a sweetener. I also did without butter or oil so that the delicious balls are really vegan. But there are even more advantages if you want to treat yourself to the energy balls: You get gluten-free sweets that you don’t need an oven for. So when you’ve had enough of baking cookies, you can relax with the bliss balls. Or you are like me. Because the oven was already filled with other Christmas cookies and so I could still continue with the energy donors.
Every year I look for recipes for sugar-free cookies. And then I always use the soft Medjool dates to get sweet Christmas cookies anyway. Maybe you already know my recipes for vegan date tahini cookies or date cookies with almonds. I like both of them very much. But this year I decided on the Energy Balls. Because with it you get a protein-rich energy package that is wrapped in dark chocolate. I have my Favorite chocolate taken, which can do without industrial sugar. It is made with unrefined Mascobado raw cane sugar and 85% cocoa.
So you can adapt the Bliss Balls to your personal taste
- I like a mixture of hazelnuts and almonds for this recipe. But you can replace the almonds with cashew nuts. Because they also taste very good with chocolate.
- And instead of buying ground nuts, you can grind them yourself in the food processor.
- And for the 2 tablespoons of flour you can use a flour of your choice. If you want to stay completely gluten-free, then you can use coconut flour or even arrowroot starch flour.
- There are also several options for topping. Maybe you want to use melted milk chocolate, cocoa, ground coconut, or just more ground nuts.
- And if spheres are too boring for you, you can also make rectangular bars or squares. To do this, shape the mix into a large rectangular strip on the baking paper and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting out your bars or squares.
Bliss balls with dates and dark chocolate
A simple recipe for bliss balls, also called energy balls. A vegan snack for snacking or a dessert without industrial sugar. The recipe is enough for 20-22 balls.
For the bliss balls:
Medjool Datteln (200 g),
halved and cored
Coarse-grained sea salt
(Coconut flour for gluten-free balls)
Blanched ground almonds
For the topping:
(Bio 85% Cocoa)
The ingredients (pitted dates, maple syrup, salt, vanilla, oat flakes, flour, nuts) in one Food processor give and mix until everything is well mixed and you can form balls from the mix. If the dough is too sticky you can add a tablespoon of oatmeal. And if it’s too dry and crumbly, you can add a little more maple syrup or warm water.
Shape the dough into small balls (4 cm) and place in the refrigerator to cool (15-20 minutes).
In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and put the ground nuts in a small bowl.
Dip the balls one after the other in the melted chocolate so that they are completely covered and use a small spoon to pour them straight from the chocolate bath into the bowl with the ground nuts and roll them in it. You can do this simply by letting them circle in the bowl. Or you put some ground nuts on the balls and roll them with your fingers. Then put on a plate. Put all the balls back in the refrigerator so they will set.
The balls can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator.
- You can also simply grind the nuts for this Bliss Ball recipe yourself. With a Food processor you grind them until they have a fine consistency.
- The Medjool dates should be soft and juicy. If they are too dry you can soak them in hot water (10 minutes). Then you put them in a sieve so that the water can drain off. I like to buy them at the market, but some supermarkets also have them fresh (not packaged). Or you can get them in Turkish stores.
- Topping alternatives: melted milk chocolate, cocoa, ground coconut, cocoa nibs.
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