Aliciouslyvegan: Bliss balls

With the onset of veganism as a more common concept of life over the last couple of years, raw recipes have also made their way into the everyday kitchen. My everyday kitchen at least.

By today, I’m not at all convinced why I should forgo a hot cup of soup, tea or – heaven forbid – coffee, but a year ago I couldn’t imagine myself choosing not to consume anything derived from animals either.

Something I saw on a multitude of blogs were bliss balls, which are basically dried fruit, nuts and seeds mixed together and formed into little balls. And that one time, when I had looked at enough pictures of them, I gave them a try. And I liked them. Since then I have made numerous batches and can now share my favourite combination of fruit/ seeds/ nuts with you.

Expecting roaring excitement at this stage of this post.

Bliss balls

Ingredients

  • 100g dried dates
  • 70g cashew nuts
  • 70g almonds
  • a few dried apricots (approx. 6)
  • a handfull of raisins (approx. 3 TS)
  • 2 TS chia seeds
  • 3 TS shredded coconut

Directions

If you have an awesome blender, put everything in the blender and mix it into a sticky mass.

If you – like myself – don’t have an awesome blender, grind the nuts unless you bought them ground or had them ground at the store (you smartie!). Add the seeds.

Chop up the dried fruit into really small pieces. Mix the fruit with the dry ingredients, kneading like you would knead dough until the mass somewhat sticks together.

Now use your fingers to form little balls. Like this:

Bliss balls super close up

If you get impatient, like I often do at this point, put the first ball into your mouth. You will see: bliss.

After that it’s an easy ride and the incongruous mass in your bowl will have formed into pretty little balls in no time.

Bliss balls batch

Gently put your bliss balls into little paper moulds if you feel fancy and definitely put them in the fridge where they will keep for a good week.

Unless you eat them first.

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