Nut free Christmas bliss balls with goji berries – the perfect healthy snack for Christmas festivities when there are no nuts allowed.
Nut free Christmas bliss balls with goji berries
What’s the oldest thing you’ve ever found in your pantry? I remember once when we were at my grandpa’s we found a tube of condensed milk that was older than I was.
I can’t talk though.
The first time I made these nut free Christmas bliss balls, they were meant to be the classic Christmas combination of chocolate and cranberries.
Before I did the shopping I scanned the pantry – almost-full packet of cranberries – check.
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Out came all the ingredients and I had a quick peek at the used by date on the cranberries – 2011. It was 2018!
I don’t think I would have even been buying dried cranberries back them. I clearly wasn’t too taken with them if they’d sat there that long.
I squeezed my brain for an alternative to avoid the shops and out jumped the goji berries.
They give the balls their necessary Christmas colouring with the added bonus of antioxidants.
I processed mine pretty small because they’re quite chewy but if you wanted them softer, you could soak them in boiling water for a few minutes before chopping them (or feel free to use cranberries but I’d stick with goji).
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They make the perfect healthy snack or I think you could call them guilt-free rum balls.
You know what? You could even add a nip of rum to the mixture. I think it would perfectly complement the flavours.
Wrap them up and there’s your Secret Santa sorted.
You’re welcome. Enjoy!
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Nut free Christmas bliss balls
- 200g pitted dates
- 150g desiccated coconut
- 20g raw cacao powder
- 150g dried goji berries, roughly chopped in the food processor
- 20g coconut flour
- 50g coconut oil
- 50g extra desiccated coconut for rolling
- Place dates in a large, heat-proof jug and cover with freshly-boiled water and leave to sit for 15 minutes.
- Drain dates then use a food processor to process into a smooth paste.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except the extra coconut) and process just until everything is incorporated.
- Roll the mixture into balls using about a level tablespoon of mixture at a time.
- Roll the balls in coconut to coat then refrigerate until serving
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You’ve photographed these beautifully, Claire. I love the sound of these bliss balls. I don’t think it’s Christmas unless I whip up a batch of bliss balls. Never tried them with goji berries though – I was thinking I might use inca-berries xx
Yep you could definitely use Inca berries. Thanks Charlie! I’m reading a styling book at the moment so trying to put my learnings into practice x
I do a pantry cleanout every 6 months so I don’t have a lot of old stuff. My problem is with spices. I can’t remember how long they’ve been opened and I prefer them fresh to get the best flavour for the dish. Clever substitution with the goji berries.
That’s a good idea Maureen. I did a big clean when I was pregnant but these must have snuck by me.
Hehe I try and declutter my fridge and pantry but sometimes things do slip through! My mum loves keeping stuff-we find stuff from last century sometimes! :P I love these super healthy balls!
It’s amazing how long things can hide for!
Ha ha I love that you found these old cranberries!! They made it through countless pantry de-clutters and even moving house!! They must have been hiding themselves very well!!
I know! That’s what I thought was so strange. You know I think I actually bought them to make your overnight oats the first time! x