Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

Yes crazy I’m actually doing a blog post with a new recipe – Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls! We’re over here in the UK visiting with my Mum for Christmas. Must say a lot more of our traditional Christmas dishes make a lot more sense over here in the colder weather and somehow it DOES feel more Christmas-y. So here’s a twist on the usual bliss balls for a bit of fun. They’re a bit finicky but do look great.

You can make your own entirely with home made chocolate or take a short cut with bought chocolate that you melt at home.

Depending on size the recipe below makes about 12 balls.

WHAT YOU NEED:

The Balls:

1 cup macadamias (or cashews)
1 cup almonds
6 dates (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes then drained)
6 apricots (or 6 more soaked dates)
Zest of 1/2 an orange
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp mixed spice, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence)

The Chocolate Coating*

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao (or cocoa)
1/4 cup coconut butter
1 tsp vanilla essence

The White Coating*

1/4 cup coconut butter
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbsp coconut milk
pinch salt

** Or just use bought chocolate and melt it.

For the decorations

12 basil leaves
12 goji berries

WHAT TO DO:

1. Blend all the ingredients for the balls up. (Easy to blend up dates and apricots first to chunky paste then scrap down from sides and then add remaining ingredients).

2. Form into balls (about 12).

3. Make chocolate coating – melt on stove and stir to combine.

4. Dip balls in chocolate and put in fridge to firm/harden.

5. Melt white “chocolate” coating – melt on stove and stir to combine.

6. Drip over chocolate (it’s a bit fiddly) then add leaf and berry.

7. Return to fridge to set.

Voila!