Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

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I have a thing for salted caramel, which is typically something you’d avoid on a detox.

However, I was recently at the Healthy Living store in Bondi and had a delicious paleo salted caramel cookie so decided to experiment with bliss balls.

I’ve landed on 2 different recipes and really can’t decide which one I like the taste of best so am putting them both on this page. Option 2 is particularly good as the sweet taste of the dates is balanced with the bitterness from the tiny pieces of dark chocolate plus a hint of salt. However Option 1 is so simple and easy (and equally delicious) that I’ll definitely be making those over and over too.

Option 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of raw, unsalted cashews
  • 5 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon good quality natural vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup of desiccated coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon of good quality salt such as Himalayan

Method

  1. Remove the pits from the dates
  2. Place the cashews, dates, vanilla essence and salt in a food processor
  3. Blend until mixed but not completely smooth – you want nice little chunks of cashews to remain
  4. Form into small balls and roll in the coconut

Makes around 10 small bliss balls

Option 2

Ingredients

  • Half  a cup of unsalted macadamias (raw, roasted or activated all work well)*
  • Half a cup of raw, unsalted cashews*
  • 6 dates
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (hulled or unhulled)
  • 1 teaspoon good quality natural vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup of desiccated coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon of good quality salt such as Himalayan
  • 20g of good quality dark chocolate (I make my own or use a store bought variety that is very high in cocoa – ideally 85%, and low in sugar)

*If you prefer you can use either a whole cup of macadamias OR a whole cup of cashews

Method

  1. Remove the pits from the dates
  2. If using chocolate, chop into small pieces – around quarter of the size of a standard chocolate chip
  3. Place the nuts, dates, tahini, vanilla essence and salt in a food processor
  4. Blend until mixed but not completely smooth – you want nice little chunks of the nuts to remain
  5. If using chocolate, mix this through the bliss ball mixture by hand
  6. Form into small balls and roll in the coconut

Makes around 12 bliss balls.

Both should be stored in the fridge and will keep for several weeks.

 

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