I made these bliss balls a few days before my baby started teething and have had such little time to be creative in the kitchen since then! I’ve almost forgotten that only a couple of weeks ago I was able to whip up blog treats almost daily without having a clingy toddler force me to get out of the kitchen and spend all morning cuddling and attending to his bad mood. I know it’s just a phase but since it’s the two-year-old molars coming through (4 months early) it’s going to be quite a long phase: at least 4-5 months until he’s out of pain (he’s always been a horrible teether) In the meantime I’m trying to adjust to a new routine with a teething toddler and will need to find some sort of solution to getting in the kitchen more often than I currently am!
I shared the recipe to these chocolate hazelnut bliss balls in my Insta stories. I whipped them up really quickly as I needed to bring something to a friend last minute. I loosely followed a recipe from Naughty Nutrition and they turned out so much better than I expected. I was actually sad that I had to give these bliss balls away as I would have happily munched away on them all week long. I often get asked what I do with all the blog desserts I make, and the answer is, we eat the ones we love the most and give away the rest to friends at different gatherings etc. these were ones that I would have much preferred to keep for myself!
The recipe comes together really quickly provided you have a good food processor on hand and has the best texture for rolling (and eating). I’ve made a couple of choc hazelnut bliss balls before and these were the closest ones resembling the famous and delicious Ferrero Roche’s (I don’t know how to spell that right but I’m sure you all know what I’m referring to) I’m actually really regretting not sticking a whole roasted hazelnut in the middle of the balls to make them more authentic but they lack the crunch from the wafer as well as the melty outer coating. For those reasons, I’ve decided to stick to calling them bliss balls and not ferrero’s.
I know I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll quickly mention it again: chocolate and hazelnuts are an excellent combo for hormones during PMS. It contains lots of magnesium as well as healthy fats and plant-based protein to support adequate progesterone levels and minimize symptoms of PMS. This is the reason that so many women can eat an entire jar of Nutella during that time of the month. I was actually so addicted to Nutella that even after I had changed my diet almost entirely I still allowed myself Nutella a few years because I didn’t want to deprive myself. Interestingly I was only ever interested in it a few days before my period came and after that, I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I stopped eating Nutella after I read an article about some cleverly disguised hidden ingredients that were chemically based and no good for our health. Since then I’m happy to have found a few good alternatives that are much healthier, free of refined sugar and other chemical nasties. Of course, I also love making Nutella type healthy treats just like these ones! They’re my favourite things ever and I’m looking forward to potentially publishing an ebook with healthy and wholesome Nutella based recipes one day!
The recipe uses wholesome plant-based ingredients. is mostly raw except for some dark chocolate chips, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free.
|Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls|| |
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ½ cup roasted hazelnuts
- ½ cup raw cashews
- ½ cup hazelnut butter
- 3 TBSP cacao powder
- 1½ TBSP dark chocolate chips
- drop vanilla extract
- ¼ cup water
- chopped hazelnuts for rolling
- Process hazelnuts and cashews in food processor until broken down.
- Add all remaining ingredients ( except chopped hazelnuts for rolling) and blitz until the mixture becomes sticky and easy to roll.
- Form bliss ball shapes with your hands and roll in chopped hazelnuts.
- Store in fridge or freezer.