NRG Bliss Balls sugar hack

A yummy high energy sweet snack with no added sugar – less than 1g in the cacao powder! I’ve been experimenting with a Sarah Dueweke recipe, but I’ve substituted cacoa powder instead of cocoa, and used finely ground coffee beans instead of instant coffee powder, and renamed it.

These are quite filling despite their tiny size, so you can’t overeat them either.

There are lots of recipes for these but this knocks the socks off the others for natural sweetness. Someone suggested I add rum to the recipe – I prefer my rum in a glass, preferably with lime juice, mint, and ice.

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Healthy and delicious!                                                                          Image: Awia Markey

 

How to make your own NRG Bliss Balls 

(makes 20-22)

30 pitted dates (from a 250 g pack)
1 tspn vanilla extract (not essence)
1 1/2 level tbspn very finely ground espresso coffee
3 rounded tbspn organic cacao powder
3/4 cup walnuts (buy whole or walnut pieces)
3/4 cup hazelnuts
1 tbspn melted coconut oil
3/4 cup dried coconut threads

Cut dates in half, and place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 10 mins, then drain and place the dates, vanilla, coffee, and cacao into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the mixture starts to blend together.

Add the walnuts and hazelnuts to the mixture, and process again until the nuts are chopped into smaller pieces and the mixture starts to form a sticky ball.

Last, drizzle in the melted coconut oil and pulse until incorporated.
Use a teaspoon to scoop out mixture and roll mixture into 3 cm round balls.
Scatter coconut threads across a dinner plate, and roll the balls across to coat them.
Store in a sealed contained, in the fridge or freezer.

 

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