Whilst looking for alternatives for chocolate I came across „Cacao Bliss Balls“ from “Veganz” (German vegan brand). 42 g of concentrated bliss. A pretty rich energy ball which got me through my training session with no hunger attacks. When I looked at the ingredients I thought that they are probably easy to make at home. Said and done.
- 250 g dried dates (soak in warm water for 10 minutes and then squeeze out water)
- 125 g ground/chopped almonds (plus 1-2 tbsp extra)
- 2 TL Chia seeds (not included in the original ingredients, but if I’m going to be healthy then I’ll do my best :-). Soak these in 6 tsp warm water.
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 3 tsp cocoa powder
- Hemp protein powder (I left this out as I don’t have it at home)
- 20 g cocoa nibs (I blasted them for a few seconds in a small food processor to break the pieces down a little more).
Mix all ingredients except the cocoa nibs with a good food processor or immersion blender. With the immersion blender you have to scrape off the puree from the knives from time to time with a small spoon.
The bliss balls from “Veganz” use dried dates too, but the consistency isn’t quite as moist as my recipe. If the mixture is too moist then add 1 or 2 extra tbps of ground almonds. Stir in the cocoa nibs at the end and taking approx. 1 tbps of the mixture form a ball in the palm of your hands. Put the balls into the fridge to firm up.
Recently dates have become very popular especially in the vegan cuisine for sweetening. In many Middle East countries dates have been a basic food for centuries. Dates contain hardly any fat but approx. 70% sugar – fructose and glucose in the same amounts. This guarantees a steady source of calories and a quick energy surge. Due to their high content of easily digested sugar and protein dates have a high nutritional value and are also a good source for important proteins, minerals and vitamins. They have a high amount of vitamin C and D, vitamins Bs (good for calm nerves and lowering blood pressure) and are rich in calcium, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. They contain 50% more potassium than bananas. Dates are rich in dietary fibre which is great for a good digestion. 100 g dried dates have 280 kcal (1.132 kJ). Nutrients: 2,2 g protein, 0,5 g fat, 54 g carbohydrates, 9 g fibre.
But with 70% sugar contents dates have a lot of calories. So these bliss balls are to be enjoyed in moderation as well. Besides “Bliss Balls” you can also find them named “Raw Energy Balls”.