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Christmas Bliss Balls

I find it hard not to over-indulge at Christmas, I cannot wait to get my teeth into all that turkey & ham! This year I’m trying to make an effort and not get stuck into the sweet treats too much but still want something yummy to enjoy. I’ve been working on a recipe so I can actually have my cake and eat it too.

My christmassy bliss balls are full of healthy ingredients but still include a white chocolate treat. They’ll be delicious all year without the white chocolate drizzled over.

I’ve been experimenting all week with these, mainly to get the ratio of coconut oil right. Too little and the bliss balls won’t stick together, too much and they carry unnecessary calories. Either way my workmates enjoyed them, even those that don’t normally choose the healthy option. The bliss balls I made for this posts photos have already been claimed by Gerry’s workmates, he told them how great they were earlier this weeks and of course the first question was “well where are they then?” The two batches I made today should keep them happy.

These bliss balls are a simple mix of goji berries and pepitas, both give flavour and Christmas colour. I’ve only added a little honey (or you can use maple syrup) for sweetness and a tablespoon of cocoa for the chocolatey richness. I added vanilla protein powder too, my preference is whey isolate but use whatever your favourite is, just don’t use meal replacement shake powder. If you’re looking for a vegan option, swap out the whey protein for a pea protein and use maple instead of honey.

I’m really pleased with how rich and tasty these bliss balls are.

Goji are mildly sweet and give a nice chewy texture. Pepitas are a type of pumpkin seed and are full of protein.

 

Use a food processor to make a quick job if these. If you don’t have a processor you can chop the seeds and berries then mix through the other ingredients.
This recipe will make 12 bliss balls. If you’re trying to cut calories leave the white chocolate topping off.

 

A small amount of white chocolate turns these into delicious mini puddings!


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Christmas Bliss Balls
Healthy chocolatey bliss balls with goji and pepita. A white chocolate icing turns this into gorgeous christmas treat.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces (approx)
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces (approx)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all of the dry ingredients into a food processor & blitz for 20 seconds
  2. Add the honey, vanilla and coconut oil and pulse for another 20 seconds
  3. Divide mixture into 12 portions & squeeze/roll into balls
  4. Allow to firm up in a cool place for 10 minutes before decorating with melted white chocolate and extra goji and pepitas
White Chocolate
  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second bursts, stirring between each 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Place in a piping or ziplock bag, snip off the end and pipe over the bliss balls.
  3. Decorate with extra goji and pepita
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