We’ve got a quick and easy recipe today with these delicious little apple pie flavoured bliss balls. I haven’t made any raw balls in quite a while, mostly because I have been lazy and just pressing the mixture into a tin then cutting it up as bars instead of rolling each ball. But there is something about eating a little bliss ball that is just better than a bar, don’t you think?
I decided to try something different than the usual soaked dates as sweetener and I had some dried apple that needed to be used up so I thought, why not, everyone loves apple pie!
I soaked the apples, then used a mix of almonds and hazelnuts, added some coconut and hemp seeds, a few spices and a sprinkling of cacao nibs for good measure.
The texture of the apples is a bit different to the traditional bliss ball made with dates, they feel a bit lighter and airier which is quite nice for a change, and makes me think I can eat more which is a win in my books.
While the recipe does say these take 30 minutes, that is 20 minutes of soaking time and only 10 minutes of processing and rolling time, so don’t be fooled, this recipe is super simple!
- 2 cup dried apples (100 grams before soaking)
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup desiccated coconut, plus extra to roll balls in
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
- 3 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
- Place dried apple in a bowl and soak in warm water for at least 20 minutes.
- If you feel so inclined, you could use this time to roast the hazelnuts for an extra delicious flavour, but this is purely optional and I often don't bother. If you do roast them, remember to remove the skins by rubbing them in a clean tea towel.
- Place your almonds and hazelnuts in the bowl of your food processor and grind for about 3 minutes, you want it go just past the flour stage so it is a little bit sticky, but not so far that you get a nut butter
- Drain the apples and discard the soaking fluid.
- Add the apples to the bowl of your food processor along with the coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds and ground spices and process until combined.
- If adding the cacao nibs, add now and pulse to stir them through the mixture.
- Remove the blade of your food processor and roll the mixture into balls.