I’ve been wanting to make some fruit free ‘treats’ for a while.
I searched around for a recipe and found a great one at Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar. The recipe below is based on the I Quit Sugar recipe however I used a little extra rice malt syrup and added a smidge of vanilla powder and chia seeds. The extra sweetness was to entice my sweet tooth kids, as they seem to find cacao a little bitter.
My kids seem to be forever snacking and generally eating rubbish. This is pretty much my fault because I’m the one that bribes them with Milky Ways and Caramello Koalas.
So I needed some healthy, yummy
I had a little helper (and taste tester).
I’m happy to say the kids loved these Fruit Free Bliss Balls and over time I can cut back on the sweeteness (rice malt syrup and vanilla powder) but for now I’m happy they’re eating these as treats over some of the other junk they would have eaten!
Here’s my adapted recipe, and I’ve also listed what brand I used in case you were wondering (and no this post isn’t sponsored by any of them!)
Fruit Free Bliss Balls
An adaptation of the I Quit Sugar ones 🙂
- 1 cup mixed raw nuts. (I used Coles brand)
- 1 cup oats. (I used Macro Organic)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder. (I used Loving Earth Cacao Powder)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. (I used Coles brand)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder. (I used Loving Earth Maca Powder)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder. (I used Vital Protein Powder)
- 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds. (I used Chef’s Choice brand)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder. (I used Loving Earth Vanilla Powder)
- pinch sea salt. (I used Maldon)
- 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup. (I used Pureharvest Rice Malt Syrup)
- 2/3 cup cashew spread or nut butter. (I used Macro Organic Cashew Spread)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk. (I used Australia’s Own Organic Almond Milk)
- desiccated coconut for rolling. (I used Coles brand)
- Chop the mixed nuts and oats in a food processor. Don’t mix it to fine, it’s best if the mixture is coarsely chopped.
- In a large bowl mix nut and oat mixture together with cacao, cinnamon, maca, protein powder, chia and salt.
- In a separate bowl mix the cashew nut butter and rice malt syrup.
- Add the cashew spread (or nut butter)/rice malt syrup mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix together with a wooden spoon or use your hands if it’s easier.
- Add one tablespoon of almond milk at a time, until the mixture sticks together so you can form balls.
- Roll the formed balls in desiccated coconut. The balls aren’t hugely ‘sticky’ so I find making the coconut stick very tricky 🙂
Makes about 26 depending on the size you roll the balls.
Enjoy in moderation 🙂