No Food Processor Required Bliss Balls

Anybody else’s food processor ridiculously old ( a gift from my parents’ wedding almost 30 years ago!) and highly temperamental? I absolutely dislike getting it down from its high shelf and don’t even start me on the washing up after!

And my second gripe about bliss balls is the high proportion of recipes that contain dates! I ain’t a fan, I think that dried fruit can be a great occasional eat but adding 20 medjool dates into a recipe isn’t going to make it “healthy”, in fact it could be doing quite the opposite!

So here’s my date-free, food-processor free bliss ball recipe! One for vanilla peanut butter & cacao chip and another for mocha bliss balls – using the same base recipe.

Vanilla Peanut Butter & Cacao Chip Bliss Balls

Ingredients

3 tbsp 100% peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
1 tbsp maple syrup (personally I regretted this choice, should’ve left it out)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Uplift Food (Strengthening Vanilla Flavour)*
1/4-1/2 cup almond meal (depends if you use the above or not)
2 tbsp cacao chips
Water, as needed to bind

Method

1. Pop wet ingredients in the bowl first, then dry ingredients and combine

2. Add water if required to get to a moist roll-able texture

3. Roll into bite-size pieces

4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or leave overnight, if you can wait!)

* This isn’t actually for “protein”, it’s actually a prebiotic, probiotic and resistant starch supplement powder with 50% RDI vitamin D (win!) and calcium plus 10 grams of protein – hellloooo happy tum! No added sugar but sweetened with stevia, so if you use this I recommend you leave out the maple! Alternatively, leave it out and add in more almond meal

Mocha Bliss Balls

Ingredients

3 tbsp 100% peanut butter (or almond butter – crunchy or smooth)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (again, I happen to have this at home, you can simply omit if you’d prefer)
1/4-1/2 cup almond meal
Brewed coffee, as needed to bind (you can dissolve some instant coffee in a small amount of hot water or use dripulator coffee)

Method

1. Pop wet ingredients in the bowl first, then dry ingredients and combine

2. Add water if required to get to a moist roll-able texture

3. Roll into bite-size pieces

4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or leave overnight, if you can wait!)

Eh, voila! A blonde and a brunette bliss ball duo. Store in an air-tight container for about a week. Perfect for the work lunchbox or at-home kiddie snacks (for the non-allergy kiddos!)

Take a snap and tag me @the_dietologist if you make them!