Recipe Lemon & Apricot Bliss Balls

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When I have dessert after my dinner, I love making treats that are both healthy and fun from ingredients that I already have in my pantry.

Today I will be sharing with you two recipes that my housemate Caro and I created when we made our own version of bliss balls! We made Lemon & Mandarin Bliss Balls and also Apricot & Macadamia Bliss Balls using a very simple recipe.

The first recipe is perfect for this time of year when lemons and mandarins come into season. The result is a delicious treat for lovers of fresh, citrus flavours. 

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Our second recipe uses dried apricots and super foods! The super foods that I have added into this recipe are Lucuma powder and Maca powder.

A Little Bit About Maca & Lucuma

Lucuma

  • Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit that has been used as a staple food source for centuries. It has a sweet, citrus like flavour and has very low glycemic index, making it an ideal alternative natural sweetener. 

Maca

  • I love using Maca powder in my smoothies. Maca root is rich in Vitamin B, C and E and is a natural adaptogen, which helps balance out hormones. It is also great for keeping your energy sustained throughout the day.

Features

  • Time : 10 minutes + 1 hour of cooling time
  • Portions : 4 decent servings
  • Benefits : Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan

Mandarin & Lemon Bliss Balls

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • zest of half a lemon
  • zest of half a mandarin
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (you can substitute this with a 4 - 5 medjool dates if you prefer)
  • 4 tbs desiccated coconut for rolling the bliss balls in at the end
Use beautiful, seasonal ingredients for the most delicious result.

Use beautiful, seasonal ingredients for the most delicious result.

Apricot & Macadamia Bliss Balls

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup fired apricots
  • 1 teaspoon of lucuma powder 
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder 
  • 3 drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (you can substitute this with a 4 - 5 medjool dates if you prefer)
  • 4 tbs desiccated coconut for rolling the bliss balls in at the end

Method

The method for both types of bliss balls are the same.

  1. Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until all the ingredients are broken down into fine pieces. The maple syrup should also help the ingredients clump together too.
  2. Transfer this mixture into a bowl.
  3. Using your hands, take tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
  4. Then roll it into bowl of desiccated coconut, covering all sides.
  5. Put these onto a tray and leave it in the fridge to cool for 1 hour.
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Voila - here are our bliss balls. The light yellow ones are the Lemon & Mandarin bliss balls and the dark orange ones are the Apricot & Macadamia bliss balls

Voila - here are our bliss balls. The light yellow ones are the Lemon & Mandarin bliss balls and the dark orange ones are the Apricot & Macadamia bliss balls

Try experimenting with other nuts, fruits and super foods too! You can try dried cherries, dates and apples or add in cacao nibs, goji berries and chia seeds and make it your own!

Have you made bliss balls before too? What ingredients have you put into them? Let me know in the comments below!

Jo ChunYan - Intuition Coach & Graphic Designer

I'm Jo ChunYan. I am an Intuition Coach and Graphic Designer, currently enjoying a deeply soul nourishing experience in my spirit home, Japan. This sanctuary is devoted to cultivating CONSCIOUSNESS, CONNECTION & INTUITION.