ALL THE BLISS BALLS
When I'm invited to a dinner or a party, I always like to bring a dessert. I love cooking appetizers, but living in the city means taking taxis, subways, or walking, and mine don't always have the capability to travel well. Cocktails are also a blast to make, but I haven't figured out the perfect way to transport those either.
When my mom asks me to bake something for her for one of her dinner parties, it's a party in the kitchen. The buttercream is whipping, the eggs are cracking, and the chocolate is being chopped. However, my social group in the city seems to be filled with people who eat very...similarly to me! That means wanting amazing desserts that are healthy, too.
I went to a party recently which was filled with health editors, so I wanted to make something memorable and delicious. I made these bliss balls which were very easy, a little messy, but fabulous and colorful.
For these all I did was process about 2 cups of shredded coconut in a food processor, with a teaspoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of lemon juice. It will turn into a fabulous, thick coconut butter. If it seems a little stiff, add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Roll into balls, and then roll those in more coconut.
These were certainly the most beautiful and interesting looking bliss balls. I made homemade cashew butter by pouring boiling water over a cup of cashews and letting them soak for about an hour (you can also just soak them in the fridge over night if you have time.) I then processed the cashews into a butter.
I added 6 softened dates, 1/4 cup of coconut, and half of a chopped beet. The beet gives it a bright color, and slightly earthy flavor. I then processed more, until smooth, and added a teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Like the coconut balls, I rolled them in shredded coconut.
These are by far the easiest bliss balls to make. All you do is pulse half a cup of oats into a flour, add in 6 softened dates, and a cup of peanut butter. Roll into balls, and then roll those into some extra oat flour.