Don’t you just love Easter, Christmas etc. the way these occasions bring families together (or completely rip them apart, but this is a positive post 😉 ). Our family always get together for these occasions no matter what, they are the solid occasions that we all make sure that we can go unless we’ve got a really really good reason not to (like my brothers hunting trips..)!
So, we had a bit of a throw together easter lunch this year as one of my aunts was away, leaving my uncle hosting the gig. My two aunts are the usual organisers of such events and now that we’re all grown up, we children help out and take up our assigned positions where directed. I mean that in the nicest possible way of course, we’re a bit of a comedic and loving bunch really. This time around was just as nice, but had a completely different dynamic to it, its amazing how when a few family members are missing how different the experience is. It was quiet, civilised and quiet. And them Mum arrived and it was all back to normal!
We had quite a spread of things going on. Pumpkin soup, sausage rolls, vol au vents, cheese and crackers, just to name a few and then there was Panetone and berries for dessert, with my side of added chocolate bliss balls.
My cousin and I got talking about bliss ball creations at the table and how some work really well while others are a complete disaster! I think where we were going with that was a little like those pics people post of what they saw on Pinterest v’s how it turned out when they tried the same recipe. They’re always hilarious, I love those pics.
So, here I dedicate a bliss ball recipe that DOES actually work that wasn’t a direct copy from Pinterest, but was inspired by a few that I was looking at. One thing I’ve learned is that you need a dry ingredient, a binding ingredient and your flavours. If you’re making it up, you just need to go bit by bit and make sure you adjust your wet and dry ingredients accordingly to suit the texture so they aren’t too runny. I’ve had success with ones using coconut oil as the binder but I think if I made them again, that I’d put the mixture in the fridge for half an hour or so before rolling them out, they were pretty gooey but good once cold. Unfortunately though, they weren’t the cooperative texture where you could throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in your handbag, a little like the ones my dear cousin was referring to.
Chocolate Bliss Balls
Inspired by: Chocolate & Cashew Bliss Balls
8 Medjool dates – soaked in hot water for 15 mins
2 heaped Tsp raw cacao powder
1 cup cashews, macadamias or mix of both
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
Extra’s if you wish:
1 Tbsp Maca
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 heaped Tbsp nut butter
1/4 Tsp Vanilla powder
Place nuts in the food processor and process until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and process again for a couple of minutes until all combined and starting to form a ball.
Place coconut into a shallow bowl. Roll the mixture into balls, whatever size you choose and roll in the coconut. Place on a plate and into the fridge to harden.
Will soften on transport in handbag, but still perfected edible and will stay reasonably round!
There you go!
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