So… I was once addicted to blueberry anything-preferably muffins, bagels and donuts. Also, preferably with coffee. And from time to time, I miss them badly and crave something sweet- sans the white flour, white sugar, canola oil and nasty additives. Cue in these blueberry bliss balls that as opposed to tasting raw, they actually taste cake-like. I kid you not.
Most of the bliss balls or energy bites I eat on a regular basis have the same composition: cashews, almonds, walnuts or macadamia nuts. They are processed to create a sticky paste that allows them to be easily rolled into balls. Well, my friends, these ones have coconut flour. The most absorbent and affordable gluten-free flour there is.
You’re also going to eat it raw but it won’t taste raw. It’s also really good for you because it’s very high in fiber and low in carbs. The ultimate win-win. And for those worried about where to find it, I love using this flour because it has gone mainstream. You can find it pretty much, anywhere. Most standard grocery stores carry at least 1-2 varieties of it. A bag runs for about $7-8 dollars and goes a long, long way.
Most blueberry ball recipes call solely for dry blueberries or preserves- but I mostly used fresh blueberries for mine and loved the result. For sweetness, we rely on 1 cup of sticky medjool dates, which are the tastiest and “chewiest” dates in the land. Don’t even bother buying other date varieties like deglet noor , because medjool dates are much better for baking & processing into a sticky paste & they’re easily found in most grocery stores, too.
This is also a great allergy-friendly, free-from recipe because as opposed to eating bliss balls that are made with nuts, these are made with mostly; you got it- coconut. Raw coconut flour, fresh blueberries, medjool dates, pure vanilla, almond milk could be subbed for hemp or oat milk, and you’ve got a nut-free situation onboard.
My absolute fave way to eat them, with my morning coffee or tea. They are satisfying, they’re filling, they do the trick and tame that sweet tooth if you ask me… I am also that person that always has to have something sweet after a meal. 1 or 2 of these and am happy! I like to keep different bliss balls in my fridge for snack attacks, school lunches, or breakfast to-go.
Blueberry Bliss Balls
- 1.5 cups of fresh (not frozen) blueberries
- 1 cup of pitted medjool dates (seeds removed)
- 1 cup of organic coconut flour (*don’t sub in any other flour for this measurement)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or oat or hemp milk)
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 ground vanilla bean
- 3 tbsp of blueberry jam (I love homemade!)
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut (to roll & coat them in at the end)
optional, but great add if not allergic to nuts: 1-2 tbsp of melted PB or almond butter for that PB & Jelly flavor!
Superfood them: You could add 1 tbsp of chia seeds, hemp hearts or collagen powder.
- Process everything (except for the shredded coconut) in the food processor. You want it to be a smooth, play-doh like paste. The coconut flour absorbs moisture quickly but it must still be moist enough to roll into balls without cracking or crumbling.
- Pro tip: wet both hands for an easier time rolling them into balls. Roll into shredded coconut for coating. Place in an airtight container & maintain them in the fridge, they usually start setting nicely when they get cold. Enjoy!!
By: Aleyda | The Dish On Healthy