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Sandra's Bliss Balls of Goodness!

Sandra's Bliss Balls of Goodness!

Bliss Balls

I made these yummy date balls many years ago and took some on one of Linda's weekend workshops at Bliss Cottage, since then they have been called Bliss Balls!

The health benefits of dates are vast. According to Ayurveda, dates are heavy and sweet in taste. They have a cooling effect on the body and can, therefore, increase Kapha yet pacify Pitta and Vata.

Because of their potassium and fibre content dates can tremendously benefit joint pain and increase bulk of stool. As they also have a cooling effect in the body, they act as diuretics and are particularly useful in cases of bladder inflammations. Lastly, they are revered for their vajikarana abilities (treatment of sexual debility). Their nutrient-rich content helps to act as superb shukrala – increasing the quality and quantity of semen.

Here's the recipe for the bliss balls I love to make!
 
 BLISS BALLS Sugar-Free & Vegan

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Ingredients
Makes: 35 approximately
110g walnuts
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
200-250g pitted dates (depending on how fudgy you want them)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I use my own sugar-free one)
100g dark chocolate
 
Directions

1. Place the nuts and cocoa into a food processor and blitz until get you what resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the dates and vanilla, blitz until the mixture starts to stick to itself slightly.
2. Divide the mixture using a ‘2 teaspoon’ measuring spoon, rolling each into any shape that you desire. Place onto a greaseproof paper lined baking tray and freeze for about 5-10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
4. With the use of a small spoon and fork, roll each semi-frozen bite in the molten chocolate, tap off the excess and place onto a greaseproof paper lined tray. Repeat until all of the chocolate brownie bites are coated. Allow to set.
5. Once set, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge – that’s if you can make them last that long.
 
NOTE: You can add lots of different flavours like Orange & Ginger, Violet or Strawberries & Cream... experiment and have fun!

 

Linda Bretherton
www.lindabretherton.com

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