Sweetened only with dates, these natural bursts of cocoa are a filling, tasty, fun snack. A recipe like this relies on quality ingredients, though: good cocoa and good-quality vanilla, in particular. Bliss balls are fun to make with kids – they especially like the rolling in coconut part – and they also make the perfect sweet treat after dinner, or for afternoon tea.
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|1 ½ cups||Dates, pitted|
|¼ cup||Sunflower seeds|
|2 Tbsp||Pumpkin seeds|
|2 Tbsp||Chia seeds|
|1 Tbsp||Coconut oil|
|2 Tbsp||Cocoa powder, dark and Fair Trade, and extra for rolling|
|1 tsp||Pure vanilla extract|
|1 serving||Coconut threads, for rolling|
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- Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain well.
- Place dates, seeds, coconut oil, cocoa, and vanilla in bowl of a food processor and blitz until bound together and smooth. Add optional extras if you're using them and blitz well.
- Take large teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls. Roll in either cocoa or coconut, or freeze dried berries, or leave plain.
- Serve for morning or afternoon tea with a cup of your favourite Fair Trade tea or coffee. These will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week and a half.