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. These nut free Christmas bliss balls 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.
Out came all the ingredients and I had a quick peek at the used by date on the cranberries – 2011. 2011! 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 sqeezed 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). I’ve been munching on a couple of these with my morning green tea for the last week.
If you like these you might also like to try the Carrot cake bliss balls.
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!
- 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