This is perhaps one of the easiest and most delicious bliss ball recipes I have made. It came together simply by throwing in a bunch of ingredients that I wanted to use up. Although there are no hazelnuts in this recipe, for some reason these bliss balls taste a lot like nutella to me. Tahini is a high plant-based source of calcium. Calcium is a really important macro-mineral that can sometimes be difficult to get in adequate amounts on an exclusively plant-based diet that avoids dairy. It can actually be difficult to get for anyone that avoids dairy. Plant-based foods are plentiful in calcium but based on some research I was reading a little while back, it seems like the high calcium plant-foods are not being eaten often enough and therefore deficiencies can occur. Calcium is important for women as it works with magnesium and vitamin D and is helpful in reducing symptoms of PMS. Its best to consume calcium and magnesium together which is why I love these bliss balls. The tahini provides a lot of calcium while the almonds and cacao provide the magnesium. These bliss balls therefore make the perfect PMS treat and are a great healthy way to satisfy sweet cravings in the luteal phase.
I used roasted almonds in this recipe and I think they really helped to elevate the flavour of these bliss balls, however roasted almonds tend to be more dry, so some additional water may be required to keep the bliss balls stuck together. You can use raw almonds instead but I recommend roasted for better flavour. You can roast your own if you have time or simply buy pre-roasted almonds. In most recipes of this nature, you will see the recommendation to use medjool dates. You can of course use medjool dates because they are quite sticky and soft and delicious, however, for me, it is difficult to find pitted medjool dates and I simply do not have the time to bother with pitting 2 cups of dates. I have stopped using medjool dates for my recipes and just use pre-pitted dates. They tend to be a little more dry, but they save me a lot of time and the dryness is easily fixed by adding a little water.
Inevitably I will have someone ask me for an alternative to dates. If you do not like dates or cant eat them for whatever reason, you can use dried figs instead. You can also experiment with any other dried fruit of choice. This also goes for the almonds. These bliss balls will work with pretty much any nut you choose. Just make sure you keep an eye out on the texture as some nuts are oilier than others and so may need less processing and less water.
These bliss balls take just minutes to make provided you have a large enough food processor. You can also experiment with making the balls different sizes and rolling these bliss balls in different toppings such as crushed nuts, cacao powder, chia seeds etc
This recipe is dairy free, refined sugar free and gluten free.
|4 Ingredient Tahini Bliss Balls|| |
- 2 cups almonds (I used roasted)
- 2 cups pitted dates
- ½ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup cacao powder
- Pinch salt and vanilla (optional)
- Add 1-2 TBSP water if mixture is too dry.
- Add all ingredients into a food processed and process until the mixture sticks together and can easily be rolled. Add water if mixture is too dry.
- Roll balls of desired size, toss through desiccated coconut or cacao powder or crushed nuts/seeds. Or leave as is without rolling.
- Store in the fridge for up to 3 months.