I am not use to raw food yet… apart from fruits and nuts.
I have always preferred toasted or warm food even though when it is comes to the salad. I normally would jazz the crunchy salad leaves with warm roasted veggies, grilled meat or warm beans.
I also prefer to toast nuts and usually throw the bag of unsalted raw nuts into a warm oven and toast them in a low temp until they are crunchy and toasted. One I find that they taste divine and totally irresistible…..secondly I feel they retain the freshness for a longer period of time.
So when I recently came across this bliss balls or energy balls as it is also referred as, I wasn’t sure what would it taste like. It is basically based on the concept of gathering and nurturing food in a raw state. Nuts and dried fruits have their own taste in the raw form so just teaming them together with a hint of coconut oil and sweetness of honey or maple syrup is a good source of energy
These bliss balls can be easily mistaken as ladoos as they look like. So don’t get smitten by the appearance of these balls. These bliss balls have a tempting look and do resemble the very much like the ladoos but the tastes polls apart. These energy balls have an acquired taste. It is raw, less in sugar.
Honestly I was so tempted by the look and the lightly rolled desiccated coconut over it, I couldn’t stop myself from rolling a batch one with raw nuts and other with strawberries.
If you are use to grabbing it from health food section and would like to add it to your pantry, then it is a must and definitely a good idea to make and store it. I have realised that the amount of energy you get from snacking these balls is amazing especially after a workout. I was bit apprehensive about the taste, so I offered my kids reluctantly. To my surprise they both found it tasty despite low in sugar. Strawberry bliss ball was more preferred than the other one.
The Strawberry bliss ball is adapted from Fresh mag that adds an interesting twist to it. It has got the natural sweetness from the dates combined with tartness of the berries and nutty texture from the raw nuts. If you have made these balls before or just made it using this recipe.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Raw Cashew and Almond Bliss balls
1 cup Raw Cashew nuts
1/2 cup Almond meal
3 tablespoon desiccated coconut
1teaspoon honey/maple syrup
1tablespoon Organic coconut oil
Desiccated coconut extra for rolling
- Process the raw cashew in a food processor to a dry powder. Add almond meal, desiccated coconut, honey and melted coconut oil.
- Combine all the ingredients and roll them into a walnut sized ball.
- Spread some desiccated coconut in a plate. roll the above balls in the coconut and refrigerate it for 3 to 4 hours before snacking.
- It stays fresh over a week in the fridge in a airtight container.
PS- I found coconut oil was too overpowering so you can reduce it to 1/2 tablespoon and increase the honey. For extra flavour add lemon zest or crushed cardamoms.
- 1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup Strawberries hulled
- desiccated coconut for coating
- lemon zest
- Process cashew in a food processor until powdered. Transfer them to a bowl.
- Add dates to the processor and pulse them until finely chopped. Add strawberry and pulse until chopped.
- Tip the above mix to the bowl of cashew powder, add almond meal and lemon zest. Combine all the ingredients
- Place coconut in a bowl. Roll a tablespoon of the above mix into balls. Toss in coconut to coat.
- Chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Store in the airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.