Healthy Recipes

Almond-maple bliss balls

These chocolate-coated bliss balls are a healthy way to get your sweet fix plus they bring together some of our favourite flavours: maple, almond and coconut.

By Emma Knowles
  • Makes 18 balls
  • 20 mins preparation plus chilling
Almond-maple bliss balls

Maple syrup and almond butter make a moreish fudgy filling for these chocolate-coated balls of goodness. Almond butter, which is available in health-food shops (nab the roasted variety if you find it), varies in consistency; if the mixture doesn't thicken, stir in a tablespoon or two of coconut flour and let it stand for a few minutes before rolling the mixture into balls. Peanut butter also works well.

Ingredients

  • 300 gm almond butter
  • 70 ml maple syrup
  • 20 gm natural almonds, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 1½ tbsp cacao nibs
Chocolate coating
  • 75 gm coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 25 gm raw cacao powder, sifted

Method

  • 1
    Stir almond butter, maple syrup and a good pinch of sea salt in a bowl until mixture thickens (1-2 minutes), then stir in almonds and cacao nibs. Roll mixture into walnut-sized balls, place on a tray and put in the freezer while you make the chocolate coating.
  • 2
    For chocolate coating, stir ingredients in a bowl until smooth and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until beginning to thicken (8-10 minutes).
  • 3
    Dip balls into chocolate coating and remove with a fork, shaking off excess. Place on a tray, scatter with extra almonds and a pinch of salt and refrigerate until set (30 minutes). Bliss balls will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

Drink Suggestion: A rich, sweet Rutherglen topaque, or a double espresso. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.

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  • Author: Emma Knowles