Easy and healthy, cranberry bliss balls made from cranberries, chocolate, roasted almonds, desiccated coconut and coconut cream. Great for school lunches.
When I'm craving a sweet treat, but am short on time, bliss balls are my quick go-to snack. Many bliss balls use dates as a base, but I've mixed things up here to create these delicious Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Bliss Balls. Enjoyed by both children and adults alike, these bliss balls are perfect for school lunches or with a cup of tea.
Have you tried my Healthy Raw Slice? It's basically bliss balls in a slice form with chocolate on top!
- Cranberries: Sometimes known as craisins, these are a delicious treat to add to muesli, baking or scroggin.
- Almonds: I really love these roasted almonds for the flavour and crunch they provide. You could use raw almonds if you prefer.
- Chocolate: Whittakers 50% dark chocolate is my go-to for most baking. If you prefer darker chocolate, go for the 72% instead, or any other chocolate of your choice.
Note: Scroll to the recipe card for the ingredients, quantities and the full method.
Step by step instructions:
Place the almonds in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Remove ¼ cup of chopped almonds and reserve to coat the bliss balls later. Break up the dark chocolate pieces and add to the food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
Add dried cranberries and coconut, then blitz everything together. Add the coconut cream then blitz again until the mixture starts to bind together. Roll mixture into balls 15g each. Then roll each one in the reserved chopped almonds.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
On the whole, yes. Bliss balls are a great way to get nutrients and protein into your diet, while also satisfying a sweet craving. The chocolate would be the least healthy ingredient, however, the darker the chocolate the less sugar it has. Like all good things, moderation is the key!
Bliss balls are so versatile! Any combination of dried fruit including dates, cranberries or dried apricots can be paired with your favourite nuts and seeds. If you experiment with your ingredients, just be mindful to add the right amount of liquid to bind everything together.
It is recommended to keep your bliss balls in the fridge. If kept in the pantry, bliss balls can dry out.
Store your bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
These bliss balls can also be frozen. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up three months. Defrost completely before reheating.
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- 120g roasted almonds
- 100g dark chocolate
- 200g dried cranberries
- 70g desiccated coconut
- 1⁄4 cup coconut cream
- Place the almonds in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Remove ¼ cup of chopped almonds and reserve to coat the bliss balls later.
- Break up the dark chocolate pieces and add to the food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
- Add dried cranberries and coconut, then blitz everything together. Add the coconut cream then blitz again until the mixture starts to bind together.
- Roll mixture into balls 15g each. Then roll each one in the reserved chopped almonds.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
You could use any nuts or seeds you have on hand to make these, e.g. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, peanuts and walnuts.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are approximate. Please use your own calculations if you require a special diet.
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