As every woman knows, there comes a certain time of the month where your appetite sparks up to an uncontrollable degree. The mere thought of slicing into a perfect medium-rare steak has me salivating, and the urge to consume my own weight in chocolate nags and prods at me incessantly. Usually I listen to my body and do as it requests – it lasts for only a few days anyway; but now with summer well and truly on its way I’m attempting to keep my appetite under some semblance of control.
I had an absolutely delicious Cacao Bliss Ball from Food to Nourish a couple of weeks ago as part of a promotion for the Smooth Festival of Chocolate coming up to The Rocks from 4-5th of October, and after looking at the ingredients on the back I decided to attempt to re-create it myself at home, sans a recipe. How hard could it be? I didn’t want to buy out a whole health food store, so the only pricey ingredients I purchased were cacao nibs from from QVB Health Foods, and a jar of coconut oil from the health food section in Coles. I was going to use the coconut oil for some gluten free brownies as well – the recipe of which will be up next Monday.
My first attempt at cobbling together the ingredients in my mini food processor went unexpectedly well, and when I posted a photo up on Instagram and Facebook I had friends and readers asking for the recipe. For something that didn’t look that edible (but tasted pretty good), I was surprised at the feedback and so made another batch where I carefully weighed out the ingredients. Some people like to use flavoured protein powder in their bliss balls, but nuts are high in protein already – I prefer to keep things a little more natural if I can.
Sceptics of health food will be surprised. When I had one of these late on a Friday afternoon at work, I had a sudden vision of what these reminded me of. It’s like a chocolate crackle…an adult’s version with chia seeds and coconut oil rather than just Cocoa Pops and copha, and of course not quite costing 10c per crackle as they used to at the school fair 😛
This recipe makes about eight bliss balls. I try very hard to limit myself to just two a day.
You will need:
- 20g moist coconut flakes;
- 70g almond meal;
- 20g cacao nibs;
- 10g chia seeds;
- 1 tablespoon of honey;
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil;
- 2 teaspoons of cocoa (or cacao powder, if you really want to go all out).
Toast the coconut flakes dry in a small frying pan over low heat. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn and stir now and again. This should take about five to ten minutes until the flakes are golden brown and fragrant.
Blitz in a food processor until shredded. Add all of the other ingredients. If you cannot gouge the coconut oil out of the jar, give it a brief ten to twenty second blitz in the microwave (without the metal lid – please).
Roll into tablespoon-sized balls between your hands and lay out onto a plate. Refrigerate for at least two hours until firm, then individually wrap with cling film to transport easily/put them in a box/leave them as they are to consume at home for when those aggravating chocolate cravings hit.