Cranberry Bliss Balls
Oh, the glory days of one-handed snacks. Who doesn't love them?
If you don't love them my dear, well I am sorry to announce we can no longer be friends.
I'm just kidding! Sort of. Haha.
Over the past few years these date balls / bliss ball / energy balls really have become quite mainstream. There are even some companies who sell them in pretty little cellophane packets for a few bucks a pop, however, they are much more cost effective to make at home. You'll also be creating a lot less waste with these than the individually packed variety. Just sayin'.
Sure these little balls can take a bit of time to roll up but you can put whatever you want in them, so there's that. I pack them into airtight containers in the fridge, with wax paper in between (which you can reuse for the next batch). I grab one or two when I'm starting to feel my energy dwindle and I'm on my merry way before you can say energy ball.
In case you were still on the fence, and I didn't have you at "these are sweet but you can totally still have them", well let me tell you a little secret. Before I knew about these rolled up bits of goodness, I used to make this recipe, I just didn't roll it up. I would make the mix, squish it into the bottom of a square container & score squares into it with a knife. Then I would pop it in the fridge and pull out a square whenever I was craving a little something sweet (hello there, mid-morning coffee!).
So now that you know you that you don't even have to roll them up & you can totally have these to nourish you without any hassle.. I'm sure we can again be friends.
Big love mama! You got this.
wheat free, egg free, dairy free, soy free, vegan
Makes 25 ish
1/2 C cashews
1/2 C almonds
1/2 C oats
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C chopped Medjool dates
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t coconut oil
Pinch of salt
10 mins prep + 20 mins refrigerate
Soak the dates in warm water while you mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add cashews & almonds to a mixer and pulse until a rough flour / crumbly dough forms.
In a large bowl, add the pulsed nuts, salt, cranberries, oats and mix well together.
Grab a mortar & pestle ( a bowl and fork will do if you don't have one ) and add in the dates.
Mash up the dates, coconut oil & vanilla until you get a sticky paste with no large chunks remaining.
Add this to your dry ingredients and mix well. You can use your hands here, it makes it much easier.
Form into balls & refrigerate for 20 minutes before eating!