Everyone loves a good ol’ snack. Something to tide you over between your meals and fill that growing hole in your tummy that’s screaming for food. It’s so easy to reach for that bag of crisps, or chocolate bar that’s calling your name. But sooner or later, you regret giving in to that sweet tooth craving and wish that you’d never snacked in the first place!
But the problem is, most snack’s that are readily available are the ones that aren’t too good for you. And the one’s that claim to be healthy are either ridiculously overpriced, taste completely horrible, or just have no flavour at all! And if you don’t know by now, I hate the thought that healthy food has to be tasteless.
I’ve wanted to try ‘bliss balls’ for a while now. Normally protein packed and full of goodness. They sound so good, and I was desperate to try them. One thing I love most about them is that they can be absolutely any flavour. The combinations are endless and they’re completely customisable. I’ve seen everything from carrot cake, coffee and even apple cinnamon flavour.
But there’s one big problem. Most bliss balls have one main ingredient, the one thing that seems to bind and thicken them. And that, of course, is nuts. Not so great when you’re allergic to them. Before I was diagnosed I never realised just how much food contains nuts, and at first I was completely lost. But I’ve found so many substitutes, and have worked my way around most things to make food nut free, (sunflower seeds are seriously your best friends here).
So, after a little research, I found out about date balls. Where, instead of a nut base, pitted dates are used instead. I seriously love dates, and could snack on them endlessly. But I do tend to find that after a while, they become extremely sweet. So, instead I decided to do something different, with no dates or nuts insight. I thought that if dried dates could be used, then surely any dried fruit would work?
After a few experiments and tweaking, I have to admit that I think I’ve completely perfected this recipe. Full of topical flavours, these are moist, delicious, and completely moreish! I’ve even been known to eat 2-3 in one sitting. (I’m allowed to… they’re healthy!)
Love At First Bite
But one of the strangest things about them? They taste slightly like lemon truffles. How is that not the perfect combination. Something that’s so healthy and tastes like chocolate. If that doesn’t make it a winner, I don’t know what will. I’ve tested this out on a lot of people, and although it may have got some sceptical looks at first, as soon as they took their first bite, they all said they couldn’t believe how tasty it actually was!
So, what are you waiting for? Spend 5 minutes making these tasty little snacks, and you’ll never have to feel guilty again.
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