Halva and bounty bliss balls
Monday, 27 Feb 2017

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After my microwave halva recipe I wanted to share an equally easy but much healthier halva-inspired recipe, my ‘halva’ bliss ball. This is one of my favourite bliss balls - the other is a ‘Bounty’ inspired bliss ball which I’ll also share. Bliss balls are so tasty, easy to make and satisfies my sweet snack desires.

My bliss ball base is 60g pitted dates, 30g nuts and 30g nut butter. I use almonds because they’re cheaper, but the halva balls would be good with pistachios as well. You add your flavourings on top of that and any extras, like chia seeds or cocoa powder. I haven’t specified the type of dates to use as not everyone has access to, or would like to use Medjoul. If you’re using a drier date variety you’ll need to soak them in water, Medjoul is juicier and doesn’t require soaking. I buy the ones from the supermarket, but Palestinian and Jordanian dates are available online, and Planet Organic stocks American Medjoul, if you’d prefer that.

Even if using Medjoul, the key to the halva bliss balls is rosewater and you must soak the dates in it. My rosewater is inexpensive and not that strong so I just kinda pour a bunch to cover the dates, but if I had expensive rosewater I’d probably dilute some in water for soaking, and add 1-2 tsp rosewater from the bottle to the ball mix. I find the chia seeds necessary here to reduce the wetness of the mixture from the rosewater.

The key to the chocolate-coconut Bounty balls is actually coconut butter. I use Biona’s Coconut Bliss, which I initially got to use as a jarred substitute in Asian recipes which require coconut meat, but it imparts a great coconut flavour in bliss balls and smoothies as well.

Bliss balls are so easy to make and you can make a bliss ball version of pretty much any of your favourite desserts. They keep in the fridge for about a week. My bliss ball base makes about 9-10 little balls which I feel is a good amount and lets you change flavours frequently.


Halva bliss ball

Ingredients
  • 60g pitted dates
  • 30g almonds
  • 30g (about 2 tbsp) tahini
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • rosewater (at least 2 tsp)
Method

Soak the dates in rosewater for as long as possible, at least an hour. If your rosewater is strong or very expensive, water it down for soaking, or just soak in water if that's necessary for the type of dates you're using and use 2 tsp rosewater in the mix.

Drain, saving 2 tsp of the soaking rosewater.

Blitz the drained dates, almonds, tahini, chia seeds, 2 tsp (soaking) rosewater.

Roll into little balls. I get about 9 balls.

Pour some sesame seeds into a little bowl and roll each ball around in it to coat.

Place the balls in a tupperware or bento box. Stick the box in the fridge to chill.


Bounty bliss ball

Ingredients
  • 60g pitted dates
  • 30g almonds
  • 30g coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • desiccated coconut (optional)
Method

Blitz all the ingredients together.

Roll into little balls. I get about 9 balls.

Pour desicatted coconut into a little bowl (optional) and roll each ball around in it to coat.

Place the balls in a tupperware or bento box. Stick the box in the fridge to chill.


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