Sugar Challenge Week 3 – Raspberry Blast Bliss Balls

Hey there!

Thanks for checking in on my progress. I am really happy to report that I am going great guns with my self-inflicted challenge to replace white sugar with healthier alternatives!

And do you know what I am finding? The more I stick to this challenge, the more I realise it’s not that hard to replace white sugar, nor is it difficult to reduce the amount of sugar I use to cook with.

I’ve been able to convert many recipes successfully so far and Chocolate Mouse is next on my list. I’m quite nervous though because Chocolate Mouse is one of my family’s all-time favourite desserts, so if it doesn’t work, I might have mutiny on my hands 😦   Look out for my post on the outcome soon!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a ball (haha – pardon the pun) creating new bliss ball flavours and this week I discovered quite by accident that frozen berries are great for making bliss balls.Raspberry Bliss Balls 1Summer for me, is all about BERRIES and I can’t get enough of them. Not only are they deliciously sweet and juicy right now, but they are also quite cheap. My green grocer is selling 3 punnets (250g each) of plump blueberries for $4.00 and 2 punnets of big sweet raspberries for $5.00.

When I find berries at this great price, I usually buy lots and freeze them. They freeze really well and last for about 6 months in the freezer, which means I have delicious berries whenever I feel like making smoothies or sorbets and, now, bliss balls!

img_1308I’ve become a HUGE fan of bliss balls in recent times, because it means I can eat something sweet without the guilt. Yesterday, I thought I’d try using frozen raspberries to make a new flavour – Raspberry Blast Bliss Balls –  OMG, they are soooooo delicious! They look amazing, don’t you think?

These Raspberry Blast Bliss Balls have quinoa flakes and are gluten free, vegan and really healthy. But best of all, they have a great blast of flavour making them very scrumptious. My family told me so…and I love it!img_1324-1In fact, I thought they were so good, that I couldn’t keep them to myself so here is the recipe for you to try. Once you’ve tried them, you really must let me know if you like them as much as I do.Raspberry Bliss Balls 2What you need

  • ½ cup natural almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 5 Madjool dates

What to do

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined.

Take some of the mixture and roll into ball. You can make them whatever size you like. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Roll them in extra desiccated coconut for an extra coconut flavour.

I know it’s hard to resist shoving one in your mouth right away, but trust me, they taste even better if you refrigerate the Raspberry Blast Bliss Balls for at least 30 minutes.

Store the Raspberry Blast Bliss Balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days or freeze to keep longer.