Sometimes, I make small resolutions, little deals with myself that seem to be a good idea at the time but end up being a bit more work than I first imagined. This year I decided that the treats in my kids lunchbox, while not always 100% healthy, would at the very least be homemade. I am a somewhat foolish woman on occasion….this being one of those.
This little treat has saved me! Not only are these Bliss Balls made with love and without additives, preservatives or colours but they are nut free and perfect for the lunch box…..AND this recipe makes a lot of them, so they last. They are high in protein and they’ll give a nice sustained release of energy rather than a spike followed by a come down (yes 3 pm chocolate bar…I am looking at you).
As far as treats are concerned this one is definitely on the healthy side. These Bliss Balls are packed with fibre and the good kind of fats and they don’t have any refined grains or sugars.
My father in law, whose sweet tooth is of epic proportions thinks they could do with some extra sweetness…if your tooth is similar then by all means add some extra rice malt syrup or maple syrup…..for me they are perfect as they are.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Yield : 25
Roughly chopped the seeds (you want them chunky) and then put them into a large bowl with the puffed rice, coconut and cocoa powder and combine. (The cocoa powder is optional, I like to use it because the kids think they are eating chocolate treats and who am I to take away their guilty pleasure?) Meanwhile place the chopped prunes in the small bowl of a food processor and whizz until smooth (you can add a little water if you need to) and then add to the bowl with the seeds, rice and coconut. Mix until combined and then put the mixture into the large bowl of a food processor. While the motor is running, gradually add the tahini and the syrup. Turn off the food processor and taste the mixture adjusting the amount of syrup to your taste buds…my father in law likes a bit extra of the sweet stuff so I throw some more syrup in when they are for him but generally 1/2 cup is plenty.
Put the extra 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut onto a flat plate. Using wet hands, take around 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball then roll the ball on the plate to coat in the desiccated coconut. Repeat until you've used all the mixture…this recipe should yield around 25 Bliss Balls. Store them in an airtight container in the pantry and they'll be good for at least a couple of weeks (not that they'll last that long!).