These almond coconut bliss balls were not a planned thing. I planned to make coconut butter. I put two cups of shredded coconut to my food processor and let it run for several minutes. Nothing happened. So I added melted coconut oil to give it a better chance. And still, nothing. So after about 20 minutes, I had two cups of very fine shredded coconut, mixed with coconut oil and no idea what to do with it. We added some to our morning oatmeal, but I had to come up with an idea for the rest of it.
Last Christmas, we baked almond coconut cookies which were fantastic, and I wanted to recreate similar flavor in these bliss balls. I used the shredded coconut mixed with coconut oil, almonds and almond butter to keep the nut flavor strong. As a sweetener, I added dates soaked in hot water and processed to date paste. And I mixed in some cacao powder at the end. I am a chocolate person, which is great since we live in Belgium. I love anything and everything chocolate, and as you might have noticed, I put cacao powder almost everywhere. It’s in this marble cake, these chickpea truffles and most of my smoothies.
Ever since we made these chickpea truffles, I was trying to come up with more ideas for bite-sized snacks made from healthy ingredients. I am a type of person who needs something small between breakfast and lunch as well as between lunch and dinner. I also love to have something homemade to snack on. These bliss balls proved to be a great mid-morning snack, after lunch treat, emergency breakfast to-go, travel/hike energy source.
Almond Coconut Bliss Balls
Servings: 30 – 35 balls
- 1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 12 dates
- 2 – 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 – 1/4 cup of hot water
- Put the coconut, oats, and almonds into a food processor and process until they have flour consistency. Finer the texture the better. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
- Put soaked dates (or dates and 1/4 cup of water) to the food processor and process until it forms a sticky mixture. Add more water if needed.
- Add the melted coconut oil and almond butter to the processor and process until fully combined with date paste. Add cacao powder and process until it combines with the wet ingredients.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the processor and process until the mixture has a consistency of wet sand.
- In case the mixture is too dry to hold together, add a couple of tablespoons of warm water to it. Proceed with adding water until the mixture is wet enough to stick together.
- Roll a heaping teaspoon of the mixture between the palms of your hands to form a small ball (about 1,5 – 2 cm in diameter). Proceed until you used all the mixture.
- Store the balls in the fridge for up to a week (And try not to eat all of them in one sitting 😉 ).
What are your favorite healthy snacks? 🙂