Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls

These sugar free Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour…an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet. The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet.

The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.

Oh and you can also consume them much quicker than my earlier Nut, Seeds & Fruit Bliss Balls as the texture isn’t as coarse and so they do not require as much chewing 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates
  • 150g pecans
  • 75g ground almonds (+ some more for rolling)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder (flat)
  • 1tbsp raw honey (heaped)
  • 50ml good quality very strong espresso coffee

These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet. The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.Method:

De-stone your dates and put them into soak. This time instead of water, soak them in some good quality very strong coffee, 30 minutes to 1 hour should do the trick.

Once their time is up, drain the excess liquid off but do not squeeze the dates dry; you want them moist, so let them retain all of their liquid. Roughly chop them up and set aside.

Place the pecans in a food processor and pulse mix until they are fairly powdery and there isn’t any big chunks left.

Add the ground almonds, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and chopped dates and blitz until you have a smooth mixture.

The final texture of your mixture will depend on how moist your dates were. If the mixture, doesn’t stick add a little bit more honey or a spoonful of coffee; if your mixture is too wet, add some more ground almonds.

Now, it is time to form some balls. Scoop a small amount into your palm and form a small mouth sized ball… repeat until all the mixture is gone.

Finally roll your balls in some ground almond. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. they will look more appealing
  2. they will be less sticky

Keep in the refrigerator and enjoy at your own leisure.

I’ve shared these bliss balls on Instagram a few days ago (yes, they supposed to be walnuts but when it came to making it again, I’ve run out of walnuts) and I was told they look like rum truffles… well this got me to thinking… can I make rum truffle style bliss balls? I haven’t tried it yet but they are on my To Do list and if they work, you will hear about them soon.

Do you have any favourite flavours you would like to see inside a bliss ball?

These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet.

Nut, Seeds & Fruit Bliss Balls

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.

Sugar Free mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Lately I have become obsessed with bliss balls. My continued journey to a “new me” has reached the stage that I really want to eat healthy and what could be better than some homemade healthy snacks. I have found that energy bars, especially the baked type, can be a little tricky at times, so my experiments turned to bliss balls, which as it turns out couldn’t be easier to make.

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates
  • 300g mixed nuts and seeds
  • 120g dry fruits
  • 2tbsp raw honey
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3tsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Shredded coconut for rolling (optional)

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Method:

De-stone your dates and put them into soak for at least 30 minutes.

Once their time is up, roughly chop your dates and set them aside.

Place your mix nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse mix until you achieve desired size of crumb. I tend to keep them pretty small but do not get carried away and allow them to turn into a powder.

Add the dry fruits (I used apricots, raisins and cranberries), honey, chia seeds, cocoa and vanilla essence and chopped dates and blitz until you have more or less an even mixture.

If you followed my measurements closely you should have just about the right texture that is perfect for forming.

Scoop a small amount into your palm and form a small mouth sized ball… repeat until all the mixture is gone. It’s messy but fun, and if you don’t have anyone nearby to help turn on the taps so you can wash your hands afterwards you may want to turn it on before you start.

If you opt for a coating, once all the balls are nicely formed, roll them – one by one – in shredded coconut.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy any time of the day… or night, I suppose.

This recipe suits me perfectly. I love mixed flavour of different nuts, seeds and dry fruits but Mark isn’t so keen on them. He thinks that there is way too much going on and the individual flavours are getting lost… Well, what can I say? Men!

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruit bliss balls – a perfect healthy snack boosting your energy levels and providing good nutrition. This is a totally fool proof recipe that is quick and easy to make.Have you ever made bliss balls at home?

If so what is your favourite flavour combination?

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana Bites

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesDo you remember the “Go On It’s Healthy” cookbook review that I wrote just a few days ago? I had picked a few recipes which I really wanted to try but as it ended up I had none of the ingredients with which to make any of them. I almost made some superfood chocolate bark but upon looking for the final ingredient it started to look like someone had “hoovered” all the cranberries.

I was determine to make something new, so next I settled on some Wholemeal Banana Flatbread Bites; the only problem being once again I had no necessary ingredients; out of the main ingredients all I had were some bananas… a total fail… It was time for plan B and a round of the replacement game as trip to the store was not an option at the time.

The original recipe called for wholemeal tortilla wraps, tahini, date syrup and bananas… all I had were bananas… and a whole pantry of other ingredients to play with… so if you want to try my version of banana bites you will need:

Ingredients per person:

Method:

Chop the nuts very finely or if you prefer (like me) just pop them into a food processor. You want to achieve a coarse nut dust. I used both almonds and pistachios as I had just received a lovely parcel full of nuts from Wonderful but you can use one or another or even replace them with a different nuts like pecans or walnuts.

Preheat a heavy bottom frying pan (I used cast iron) and warm your chapattis for 30 seconds on each side.

Place the warm chappati on a cutting board. Add a thin layer of Nutella (one table spoon per chapatti seems just right) and sprinkle with you nut dusting.

Peel a banana and place just a little off centre, then roll up tightly.

Cut into thick slices, add wooden toothpick in case they aren’t staying rolled up and enjoy!

Chocolate, Nuts and Banana BitesMy Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesI wasn’t sure if my creation would be nice but as it ended up it was extremely pleasant.
I know it is not as healthy an option as the original recipe but it is coming pretty close.
Chapatti flour which chapattis are made from is good source of fibre and it is low in sugar, which we will get more than enough of from the Nutella; bananas are great source of potassium and don’t even get me started on nuts… we all know that nuts are great for us and to make things even better almonds have the lowest calorie count within all the nuts… except for chestnuts 🙂

Do you play the ingredients replacement game at times or do you prefer to follow each recipe to the letter?

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And we have a winner!

The Lonely Dogs got it right! Mystery picture was in fact a coconut, very young one but nevertheless a coconut! Well done!

I am so happy someone guessed it. Otherwise I would have to show you the 3rd picture of it… which was of the inside of the coconut and I believe it would only have made things worse for you all…

For none believers here is the full shot of our mysterious nut 🙂

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This week we will stay with the topic of white. I hope this one will be a little easier…

Drum roll… and here it is… Who / What Am I?

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Have a great weekend!