Cacao Orange Bliss Balls

Bliss balls, they had to be the first thing I made in my brand spanking new Magimix. When the display model is on sale for better than half price it’s a total no brainer. How I have survived this long without one I will never know. Moving swiftly on from the excitement lets get back to why we’re all really here.

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These little nuggets are the perfect afternoon pick me up, just one of these is enough to get me through that 3 pm. slump when I just need something, anything to get me to the end of the working day. Cacao Orange is my jam and these delicious, fudgey little morsels hit my chocolate orange soft spot just right.

Medjool dates aren’t always available so you can use any soft dates you can find. I found Iranian dates in my local shop which are just heaven. If the dates you are using aren’t very soft tip them into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 14 minutes then drain and us in the recipe in place of the Medjool dates.

Cacao Orange Bliss Balls (Makes 15)

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Cashew Nuts (Unsatled, unroasted)

1 Cup of tightly packed Medjool Dates (Really squash them in, it’s approximately 250g)

1/3 Cup of Raisins

4 Tablespoons of Cacao (you can use coco but you may need less, I haven’t tried it this way)

1 Teaspoon Orange Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

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Method:

  • Place the cashew nuts into the food processor and grind until they turn into a fine powder.Tip the ground cashews out into a bowl and set aside.
  • Next-throw the dates and raisins into the food processor and blend until they are broken down into a smooth paste. The dates don’t take much blending and may form a clump in the blender, don’t fret this is normal.
  • Now place place the ground cashews into the date and raisin mixture along with the cacao, orange extract and salt. Blend everything until completely combined.
  • Take around a tablespoon of the mixture and roll in the palms of your hands to form round balls. The shape doesn’t really matter that much, make square of whatever you like.

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You can serve these up as they are or for an extra little flare roll the balls in cacao powder or some ground cacao nibs(highly recommended).

They store really well in an air tight container fro about a week, though if you’re anything like me like me they won’t make it past midnight.

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