Bliss Balls – Date Laddu

This year Ganesh Chaturthi coincides with the official start of Spring in Sydney. Days are getting warmer and flowers are starting to bloom everywhere: harbingers of the new beginnings, of all things beautiful and auspicious to come.

Bliss balls are the perfect healthy snack to satisfy your sweet cravings. These balls are packed with goodness of nuts, gluten free, vegan and have absolutely no added sugar!

Looking for some healthy sweets ?

These bliss balls are so yummy that your kids will keep coming back for more. A delicious way to make kids eat nuts.

Bliss balls are easy and fun to make. With mejdool dates as the base to glue things together, you can add any nuts of your choice. Mejdool dates have a very soft chewy texture and a caramel like flavour.  You can also roll the balls in any coating of your choice to make them visually appealing and for adding extra flavour. I have used 3 different coatings: desiccated coconut, ground pistachio and carob powder.img_3095.jpg

Carob powder is my new find as a substitute for cacao or cocoa powder in recipes. Carob is naturally sweet, gluten free but most importantly it is caffeine free, a perfect alternative to chocolate for kids. Rolling the laddus in carob powder made them really tempting for my little one and she could not wait to try one!

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!IMG_E3120.jpg

Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 8-10 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Raw Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup Raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup mejdool dates, 7-8
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, I use organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp carob powder or 1/3 cup cacao/cocoa powder

For rolling:

  • Pistachio Powder
  • Carob Powder
  • Desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Use hands or small knife to open the dates lengthwise and remove the pits.
  2. Soak the dates in warm water. This is optional but seems to have great health benefits.IMG_3090
  3. Measure all the dry fruits and pulse them to a coarse powder. Add in the dates, coconut oil, carob power and pulse again. If you add dates with the dry fruits and your blender is not very powerful like mine, everything seems to just get stuck in the blender.IMG_3091IMG_3092IMG_3094.JPGIMG_3096
  4. Knead the mixture to form a dough.IMG_3098
  5. Scoop out 2 tbsp of mixture and roll into balls between your palms, like laddus.IMG_3101
  6. Roll them into coating of your choice. I have rolled some in three different coatings: carob powder, ground pistachio and desiccated coconut. You can also colour the desiccated coconut before rolling.IMG_3100IMG_3103IMG_3104IMG_3102
  7. Other things that you can add to these bliss balls:
    • chia seeds,
    • sunflower seeds
    • pumpkin seeds
    • other dry fruits:dry berries, apricots, peanuts
    • rolled oats
    • protein powder

and, the combinations are endless!

You can adjust the quantities of dates and carob powder to suit your taste. If you can’t find carob powder, you can just skip it or use cacao/cocoa powder instead.IMG_3106

 

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