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Little Balls of Joy

Posted by Bee & John on May 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Bliss Balls, Protein Balls, Treats, Truffles….. what are they?


Well, there are hundreds of recipes out there, and following are just a couple, but do you NEED to follow a recipe? Some of us, actually, most of us…. once you have made a few from recipes you have an idea what your family likes in them and what works…. and what doesn't!  Then, you can easily just grab some ingredients together, just chuck it all in thermy and whammo, you have these little round things that you can call anything you like.


 

I remember in the 80's / 90's there was the NEW fad of Muffins!!! Wow… suddenly you could eat cake in the morning and if you called them Muffins, you didn't have to feel guilty!! Slowly reason reasserted itself and we started having them as the treat they are, not a substitute for a healthy meal.  I feel that there is a similar move here - People call them protein balls, bliss balls etc and you can eat them without feeling any guilt whatsoever.


 

The truth is, of course, that EVERYTHING, even good for you foods, should be eaten in moderation. Dates may be a great natural sweetener but eat a kilo of them and you have a regular and personal appointment with your bathroom.


Does that mean that you sholdn't eat Protein/Bliss/Treat balls… of course not. Just a gentle warning that you CAN have too much of a good thing. Treat them AS treats, not Kilojoule and consequence free. Nuts and seeds have fat. Agave, dates, honey and Maple Syrup all have sugar, "natural" or not!


 

So, those were the bad things. IF I haven't scared you off them entirely, let me tell you the good! First and foremost, they are very easy to make, these little bundles of joy, they look great and are a fantastic way of getting (sneaking?) goodness into people without them knowing…. sorta like giving a dog a pill in a square of cheese - or you can take the Mary Poppins "spoon full of sugar" view.


 

The other great thing about them, is that you can make any sort you like. What's more….. You look like a MasterChef bringing them out on a plate and they are Quick! Quick quick quick!! Those of us with a Thermomix would up the ante and may even say bloody quick! Add to that, depending on the ingredients, they can last ages in the fridge and therefore can be made ahead in large batches.

 


Recently, I was thrilled to be given some home made HEALTHY fruit/nut balls. They were delicious! and I enjoyed them almost as much as the chocolate truffles I made the day before….. WHY oh why does real chocolate taste so good!! But, certainly there was no guilt when I ate the "healthy" ones.

 


I asked my friend Michelle for the recipe and started looking on line. I also made a quick call for recipes on my facebook page ….. SO many recipes. As mentioned, I WILL be putting some recipes down here, but - two things.

  1. there are hundreds, probably thousands, of recipes online. Don't let this be a definitive list, and
  2. You can EASILY just chuck what you have together to make your own combination so if you don't find the recipe you want, make it up.

 

Before we go into the actual recipes, let me explain how you could make your own.

Have a try at some different recipes so you have an idea on what they look like, what textures/tastes your family likes (or not) and how many you would need to make. Use this as "trainiing" to start looking at making your own recipe/s up.  You only have to look at a couple of recipes to see that they all use very similar ingredients.

  1. Think of your intended victims er…. audience…. are there any allergies you need to be aware of?
  2. Are they "adult" or kid friendly (generally alcohol is the telling ingredient), will they be decadent (like chocolate truffles) or Healthy?
  3. decide on whether you want to make the balls gritty or smooth. That's a grinding issue usually - grind for longer or not
  4. decide what will the ingredients be. Mix something dry (like ground nuts, seeds, coconut, oats, chocolate etc) with something moist like a liquid sweetener (like honey, agave syrup, cream etc) or will you be using dried fruit soaked in a liquid?
  5. Do you want the consistency to be soft and squishy or dry-ish? If soft, you might like to add things that MAKE them soft, like SOAKED dried fruit or Chia Seeds or extra liquids like honey or maple syrup. If drier, you need to be aware that they have to stick together somehow. Maybe you'd like to use things like the softer style, but not as much. Or use squishy fruit like dates or apricots - or even gel forming seeds like linseed or chia.
  6. How long with they last? Well that depends on your ingredients. If you use things that have a long shelf life anyway (like honey, dried fruits, nuts etc) then they'll keep for ages. If you are using things that will become bitter after a while (some ground nuts or grains) then use them quicker. If you are using fresh ingredients, like orange juice, milk, cream - then use them within the week!

Okay then! Now, some recipes.

 

These are the peanut butter ones I liked so much! Michelle sent me the recipe but although the recipe itself is clear, it doesn't indicate where she got it from. I fully acknowledge that someone else, another person/company wrote the recipe! Sorry I can't name you.

 

No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 90g of rolled oats
  • 150g peanut butter
  • 45g of desiccated coconut
  • 100g of honey
  • 30g of Chia Seeds
  • 90g of cacao nibs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

 

Method

grind the oats on speed 9 for 10-30 seconds depending on texture required

add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl

mix on speed 4-5 ntil all combined (30 - 60 seconds) Scrape down half way through if necessary

Roll the dough into 20 bit sized balls

refrigerate for 30 minutes

store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week


Decadent ones.....

Honey Truffles - these are from the In The Mix (first one) cookbook.  You can get the recipe for free by downloading the free In The Mix app from the Apple store or equivalent.  USE THIS RECIPE to help convert NON Thermomix truffle recipes! My Hints Here

Peanut Butter Truffles - I used the Honey Truffle recipe exactly except... I omitted the honey and vanilla pod seeds, and added 90g of smooth peanut butter.  Increase the speed a notch as it is thicker.

Oreo Balls - the wicked treat that is just fabulous.  Seconds to make, lasts for months in the fridge... if you let them!

Godon Ramsay Mint Truffles (non-TMX)

Paleo Chocolate Truffles (non TMX)



"Healthy" ones....

Choc Hazelnut Bliss Balls

Gogi Balls

Mesquite Energy Balls

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Quirky's Raw Cacao Treat Balls

Raw Chocolate Vegan Energy Balls

Quirky's Walnut and Raw Cacao Nib Bliss Balls

Breakfast Balls

A collection of 5 recipes from Accidental Greenie

Guilt Free Chocolate Balls

Date Balls

Apricot Balls

Lemony Coconut Cake Balls

Tahini Bombs

German Chocolate Fudge Bites

Nut free bliss balls

Nut Free Lunchbox Bliss Balls

Apricot and Nut Bliss Balls

Date and Pecan Bliss Balls

Raw Cacao Fruit and Nut balls


Special thanks to Michelle for starting me off and Tania who sent through the majority of these recipe links!






 

 

Categories: VERY useful information, My Favourite Recipes, Easy Specialties

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