Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Raw Raisin Chocolate Bliss Balls

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Seeing as I'm almost 1 week into my sugar-free month, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my current go-to sugar-free treat! Because it's hard to quit sugar (i.e. chocolate), let me tell you.

For this recipe, you will only need 3 ingredients that are probably already in your cupboard, and 5 minutes of your time. Let's go!


RAW RAISIN CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS

Preparation time: 5 mins
Main ingredients: raisins, nuts, cocoa powder
difficulty level: easy
makes: 12 - 15 balls
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, sugar-free

Ingredients

180g or 1 heaped cup raisins (dates would work too, but the taste is very different)
70g or 3/4 cup ground almonds or ground hazelnuts *
20g or 3-4 tbsp cocoa powder
30g or 1/4 cup walnut halves (optional)
pinch of cinnamon (optional) 
 
* you can grind them in your blender or food processor.
 

 

Instructions

In a food processor or a high-quality blender, process your raisins, ground nuts and cocoa powder. I added a pinch of cinnamon for some warming spice. If you have some walnuts, add those too.

Process everything for a minute or two until the dry, crumbly mixture turns into a softer, dough-like consistency. This might take a while, but it will happen!

Press the mix into 1/2 - 1 tbsp sized balls with your hands. Then lick your fingers – nom!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks (mine will be gone in about two days), or in the freezer for several months.


TIPS:
If you like, you can roll your balls in some more cocoa powder (I prefer them plain).
- Add in a little bit of pure vanilla essence for even more sweetness – but trust me, these babies are sweet as is. Definitely sweeter than date balls!
- I like to put them in the fridge until cold and firm, around 30 minutes, before eating them. 
-  For a fat-free version you could probably replace the nut meal with oats I haven't yet tried that though
 



Maisy