I've been tinkering with the Chocolate Nut Bliss Balls recipe for a while now to come up with a nut-free version without altering the delicious taste too much...and I think I've finally cracked it! Not only is this nut-free, but it also has even less natural sugar, and is packed full of seeds and still has that great chocolate flavour. The kids and husband love this new version, so I'd love you to give it a try too and let me know what you think!
The bulk that is usually provided by nuts in bliss ball recipes is now provided by rolled oats and seeds. Feel free to play around with your seed combination to use the ones you love best. Many bliss balls also get their sweetness and stickiness from dates, but here I've used prunes. Prunes have less than half the natural sugar of dates and are much lower GI, so much better for you! I've also made these with the addition of orange zest....really delicious!
1 Cup rolled oats
1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 Cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1/2 Cup desiccated coconut
1/2 Cup prunes (about 8)
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
3-4 Tbsp water
WHAT TO DO
Place the first 7 ingredients in a food processor and blitz until well mixed and the seeds are chopped up nice and small. Add in prunes and blitz again until mixed. With motor running, add in honey and water - using as much water as you need until the mixture just starts to come together. Take tablespoon fulls of mixture and roll into balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge - or you can store them in the freezer if the temptation is too much!
I'd love to hear if you made your own adjustments to this recipe, and how they turned out! I actually like them without any honey added at all, but the kids prefer this slightly sweeter version. If your family are used to more sweetness, you can always substitute some of the water for more honey.