Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls
Bliss balls have been a favourite snack of mine for some time now. I love how versatile they are, you can literally add anything to the mix to change the flavour or nutritional profile. I always start with a base of ground oats, buckwheat, nuts and dates and then add flavours and super food powders depending on what takes my fancy. Here I took inspiration from Ferrero Rocher – one of my all time favourite chocolates! I love the combination of roasted hazelnuts and chocolate together. To infuse the hazelnut flavour in these, I used roasted hazelnuts in the blended base, then also a small amount to the finished mixture and finally I coated them with crushed hazelnuts. I have to say, the turned out amazing and so full of flavour.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 2 tbsp roasted hazelnuts
- 10 soft pitted dates
- 1 tbsp cold pressed virgin coconut oil
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 2 tsp lucuma powder
- 1/2 tbsp liquid sweetener such as Maple, honey, Rice malt or date syrup
- Add the oats, buckwheat and 1 tbsp. chopped roasted hazelnuts to a blender (I used the milling attachment on the Nutribullet) and blitz into a flour like powder Add the powder into a processor along and add the cacao powder, maca and Lucuma and combine but pulsing for a few seconds.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it starts to clump together (if its too dry add a little more liquid sweetener such as honey, rice malt syrup or date nectar) I used Belovedates date Nectar. You want the mixture to be easy to roll up without being crumbly or too sticky, if its too wet simply add more ground oats.
- Empty the mixture into a bowl and add 1/2 tbsp. of finely chopped hazelnuts and combine well and then roll into balls (I made 17 small to medium sized balls).
- Add the other 1/2 table spoon of roasted hazelnuts to your blender and pulse just once to make a course crust, add this to a bowl and coat each of the balls, shaking off any excess (if it won’t stick, just roll each ball in your hand as you go, so that they are slightly sticky – the crust will then stick).
- Keep in an airtight container in the fridge, they will keep for a week.
- The balls are also fine out of the fridge so make a great lunchbox snack that will give you a boost of energy to beat off the mid day slump!