Almond-cinnamon bliss balls
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When it comes to snacking, my favourite treat is definitely a chewy energy ball. They are made of natural ingredients, free from refined sugar and packed with lots of good fats and nutrients. Snacking without regrets! Like the name already tells: They give you lots of energy too which makes them a perfect pre or post workout treat.
Furthermore you can easily store them in the fridge up to 1 week (as if they would last for so long, haha). In our flat they are mostly gone after day one because you can’t just have one. But that’s okay since they are healthy, right! 🙂
Basically you can do bliss balls with any flavour you like. Cacao, vanilla, fruity ones with lemon or raspberry, cinnamon, cardamom, cookie dough, etc. – the options are nearly endless. I even tried a version where the base is made of chick peas, works very well! But today I want to share my latest recipe with you which was such a winner: Almond-Cinnamon Bliss Balls. My two boys, I’m talking about my boyfriend and brother – aka my flatmates – loved them so much that they wanted me to share the recipe with you. So thank them later once you’ve tried them because I’m quite sure they will become part of your staples too! 😉
Being on a gluten free diet I’m always looking for great alternatives to usual flours. For bliss balls I love to work with oats or – and this one is new – corn or rice flour. I also experimented with coconut and chick pea flour but it didn’t turn out as good as I wanted. For this recipe I use quinoa flakes and quinoa flour. To keep a long story short: I’ve managed to create the perfect chewy consistency and flavour and I’ll share the whole secret with you today. Yay! 😉
If I had to decribe the texture and flavour of these Almond-Cinnamon Bliss Balls I’d say it’s quite similar to star shaped cinnamon biscuit dough. How amazing is it to be finally able to snack on cookie dough without feeling guilty? No eggs, no baking powder = no need to worry! And yep, there is also no butter or sugar involved. Sounds too good to be true? Nope. Time to jump into the recipe then…
For the bliss balls you’ll need (makes about 25-30 pieces):
- 150 gr soft dates, pitted
- 100 grounded almonds
- 80 grounded hazelnuts
- 150 ml coconut milk
- 50 gr quinoa flakes
- 150 gr quinoa flour (you can also do your own by blending the quinoa flakes)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- pinch of vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- handful of cacao nibs (use raw buckwheat if you don’t like cacao nibs, or use 50/50 of each)
Place your dates in a food processor together wih the almond butter, coconut milk and coconut oil. Once it’s all smooth and creamy add in the salt, vanilla, cinnamon, cacao and maple syrup too. Give it another stir. Now slowly add in the remaining ingredients. For this step, when I add in the dry ingredients, I prefer to put the mass into a bowl and stir it using a spoon or fork. If your food processor is strong enough you could do the whole dough in the mixer too, of course.
If your dough turns out too sticky, just add more quinoa flour and/or grounded nuts. As a last step add in the cacao nibs and/or buckwheat and knead it using your hands. Tip: Wash your hands with cold water before so it won’t stick to your fingers. Place the dough in a new bowl and let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours. It’s just easier to roll the balls when the dough is cool.
If you want you can cover your energy balls with some cacao powder or grounded almonds. Be creative, you can go for whatever you like. Also great: Some coconut sugar combined with cinnamon. Makes them even sweeter.
Let me know how you liked this recipe an don’t forget to tag me in your pictures on Instagram! 🙂
Lots of love,