Fruit free acai and cacao bliss balls

Acai and Cacao bliss balls | The Flourishing Pantry | Yeast free diet

Argghhhh!!! FINALLY! REALLY amazing snack balls with no dried fruit! Can we all just spend a moment celebrating that?! *Does a little dance* 

I suppose I should have realised that the best place to look for the recipe for these would be I Quit Sugar. The mecca for people shunning dried fruit, Sarah has several bliss ball recipes to try including ones made with sweet potato or quinoa.  

I have looked at a few recipes for bliss balls containing oats and thought I didn't want the rough texture, so I avoided them. Error! Because hey presto, when you blitz oats up in your food processor and combine with nuts they become a great sticky base for your balls (no jokes please kids). 

Quite a lot of bliss ball recipes result in a very soft consistency which collapse when they're left out of the fridge or freezer, because they rely on coconut oil or flour as a base. But this recipe, based on nuts and oats, give a great firm consistency and makes them a perfect one to take to work or on the go with you. 

I split my batch into two and made half with acai powder and half with cacao powder. You can do the same, or just choose one ingredient. Or you can even leave them 'plain' which I can confirm tastes delicious as I had to stop myself spooning the mixture straight out of the bowl into my mouth or I'd have had nothing to take photos of...  

See what you think! Have you made many bliss ball recipes without dried fruit? You can see the original version of the recipe on I Quit Sugar here

SERVES: Makes c. 12 balls
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutes but minimum 30 mins chilling

INGREDIENTS

  • 120g (1 cup) mixed nuts (I used almonds and pecans) 
  • 100g (1 cup) gluten free oats 
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp protein powder (I used Purition vanilla hemp protein powder which is dairy free) 
  • 3 tbsp nut butter (I used Pip & Nut coconut almond butter
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 100ml coconut water 
  • 1 tbsp acai powder and 1tbsp cacao powder to flavour, or leave out and have them 'plain'
  • Desiccated coconut for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put the nuts and oats together in a food processor or nutribullet and blitz until a fine powder, or even start to become a paste which the nuts tend to do. 

2. Place the nut and oat mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir through the cinnamon, maca, protein powder and salt. Add the nut butter and rice malt syrup - it will be a serious sticky mixture! 

3. Using your hands, rub the ingredients together. Gradually add in the coconut water, using your hands to work the moisture through evenly.   

4. At this point decide if you want to add a flavour to the mixture. I divided my mixture into two and added acai to one half and cacao to the other. Once added get your hands in again and thoroughly combine, working the powder through the mixtures. 

5. Once everything starts to come together, shape the mixture into 12 evenly sized balls. If it's still too sticky add more protein powder or blitzed oats. The consistency should be like a good firm dough. 

6. Roll each ball in desiccated coconut and store in an airtight container in the fridge to harden up before serving.

Acai and cacao bliss balls | The Flourishing Pantry | Yeast free diet
 
Acai and cacao balls | The Flourishing Pantry | yeast free diet