Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Whether you are looking for a quick little snack or cute petite sweet bites to put on the table following a good family meal – or even a Christmas feast, maybe – these adorable festive bliss balls are totally guaranteed to be a hit. It’s not because they happen to be raw, vegan and paleo friendly, completely free of gluten, dairy or refined sugar and filled with nothing but superfoods and wholesome ingredients that they are not absolutely delicious and insanely addictive!

Honestly, they’re almost better than chocolate! Except they’re good for you. Completely, totally, utterly good for you! And they’re super easy to make, too.

Try them once, you’ll probably want to have a batch in the fridge all the time after… 

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

To start, soak 1/2 a cup of dried apricots in an equal amount of hot water for 15 minutes; meanwhile, get busy prepping the rest of your ingredients.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

Here’s what you’re gonna need: 

  • 4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pure pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure orange extract (or a few drops orange essential oil)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

Transfer the soaked apricots along with the soaking water to the bowl of your food processor; reduce them to as fine a puree as you can.

Haha! Now don’t you go throwing rocks at me please: I know I’m not being really helpful with the above picture… Initially, that was just supposed to be a test shot. But apparently, I managed to forget to take a picture AFTER I had reduced the apricots to a puree. So well, erm… yeah. I guess now you’ll have to IMAGINE that those apricots have been processed down to a puree.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

Once your apricots are good and pureed, add the shredded coconut and almond flour to the bowl and process until a sticky mixture forms, about 3 to 4 minutes. You will most likely have to stop and scrape the bowl 2-3 times during the process.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

To be sure that the mixture is ready for the next step, you can test it by squeezing about a tablespoon in one of your hands: if it sticks and forms a “ball” (or more like a football that has seen better days), then you’re good to go.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

It’s now time to add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl…

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

…and process on pulse until a malleable paste of even consistency forms.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

With the help of a small ice cream scoop, form balls of 1″ in diameter.

Of course, you could totally get the job done without the ice cream scoop, but trust me, it’s so much easier if you use it! Not only does it pre-shape the balls for you, it also ensures that all your balls are the exact same size!

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

To finish shaping your ball and make them perfectly round, roll them between the palms of your hands.

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

Technically, if you wanted to, you could be finished right here: these bliss balls are perfectly good to go (and eat) as they stand right now!

Bliss Balls in the making - Process shot

But to make them even more yummy and super festive, roll them into your choice of finely chopped shredded coconut, finely chopped dried cranberries or pistachios, almond flour or even cocoa powder. That last one would be my own personal favorite!

If you want to get super fancy, you can place your finished balls into cute little mini muffin paper liners.

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Keep your finished bliss balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Just be sure to put them way in the back of your fridge, otherwise you might have none left when comes the time to put them on the table to share with your friends and family.

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Well, that’s if you intended to share in the first place, right? But of course you did! ‘Tis the season after all, isn’t it?

Besides, you can always make another batch later: they’re so crazy easy to whip up!

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.

Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.
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Festive Bliss Balls

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Raw, vegan, free of gluten and of added sugar, these Festive Bliss Balls are the perfect little pick-me up snack or sweet yet healthy capper at the end of a good meal.
Servings: 60

Instructions

  • Soak the dried apricots in the hot water for 15 minutes; meanwhile, prep the rest of your ingredients.
  • Transfer the soaked apricots along with the soaking water to the bowl of your food processor; reduce them to as fine a puree as you can, then add the shredded coconut and almond flour and process until a sticky mixture forms, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stop to scrape the bowl as needed.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and process on pulse until a malleable paste of even consistency forms.
  • With the help of a small ice cream scoop, form balls of 1" in diameter; Roll them between the palms of your hands to shape perfectly round balls.
  • To make your balls even more festive, roll them in finely chopped shredded coconut, cranberries or pistachios, almond flour or even cocoa powder.
  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball, Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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