I had some almond meal (also called almond pulp) because I made some almond milk. So, I decided to share a recipe that I love making when having almond pulp: almond meal cacao bliss balls.
It is such an easy and at the same time healthy and filling snack. I love making them and then enjoy them as a snack or dessert. They require minimum ingredients. But not only that. You have the option to substitute some of the ingredients from the bliss balls or even omit them if you don’t have them in your pantry.
Why this recipe is great?
- You reuse the almonds, so you get the full benefits out of them (yes, almond meal is very healthy).
- You don’t need any fancy ingredients.
- It’s a perfect snack or dessert.
- It’s very easy to make (in only 15 minutes you are done).
- You can take them as a to-go snack.
- It’s filling because there are a lot of seeds and nuts.
- You can pop them in the freezer and enjoy them for a longer period of time.
- Perfect for kids or guests.
Ingredients for the almond meal cacao bliss balls
- Almond meal (almond pulp).
- Hemp seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds.
- Juicy seedless dates.
What ingredients can I substitute?
- Replace the hemp seeds or/and the pumpkin seeds with walnuts, sunflower seeds, or other nuts and seeds of your choice.
- Omit the salt. I use it because I like that the cacao bliss balls taste like salted caramel, but without some, they are delicious as well.
- If you have the carob powder in your house, you can definitely use it instead of cacao. I like carob and I use it quite often in this kind of recipe, but I decided to keep it simple and affordable, that is why I used cacao for this recipe.
How to decorate the almond meal cacao bliss balls?
The best part about the bliss balls is always topping. I feel that there are so many options for how to decorate the almond bliss balls. Here are some of the options:
- Cacao powder.
- Crushed walnuts.
- Almond flakes.
- Grounded flax seeds.
- Shredded coconut.
- Melted chocolate.
- Hemp seeds.
- Dried crushed raspberry.
…or you could combine some of the ingredients listed above so you will get lots of flavors!
How to make almond meal cacao bliss balls?
- Firstly, remove the seeds from the dates.
- Then, in a food processor, add the almond meal, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, dates, and salt. Start blending it, stopping for scrubbing the sides as needed.
- Next, add the cacao powder and blend again until you obtain a sticky and quite smooth consistency.
- Now you can form the bliss balls using the palms of your hands. Make the balls as big or small as you like.
- Place them in the fridge and let them rest for about 1 hour before serving.
Storing the almond cacao bliss balls
You have 2 options for storing the almond pulp balls.
The first one is to store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just make sure to cover them with a lid/plastic wrap to prevent them from soaking the onion smell or whatever you have in your fridge.
The second option, and my favorite one, is to pop them in the freezer and enjoy them “frozen” (they don’t freeze that much so you can’t bite them because of low water consistency). Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months and you won’t need to worry that they will go bad!
Tips and trick for perfect almond meal bliss balls
- If you don’t have juicy dates or Medjool dates, use any kind of dates that you have, but soak them beforehand for a couple of hours.
- Make “Ferrero Rocher” by adding in the middle of the balls a full roasted almond.
- If your blender is not that powerful, add a little bit of water to smooth the batter, so it will blend easier.
- If you don’t have enough almond pulp, add the same amount of almond flour instead.
Almond meal cacao bliss balls
- 1 1/3 cups almond meal
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 15 juicy dates (Medjool or other juicy dates)
- 1/5 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- Into a food processor, add all the ingredients (besides cacao): almond meal (pulp), hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, dates, and salt. Mix everything until well combined for a couple of minutes.
- Next, add the cacao and mix again. Check the consistency: if it's too dry and not sticky, add 1-3 more dates. If too wet, add more cacao powder.
- Then for the balls using the palms of your hands.
- Lastly, cover the bliss balls with cacao powder, or with your favorite toppings (crushed walnuts, shredded coconut, almond flakes)
- If you don't have pumpkin seeds, replace them with sunflower seeds or with walnuts.
- Instead of cacao, you can use carob.
Almond meal cacao bliss balls
Per bliss ball:
Protein: 2% of your daily dose
Net Carbs: 5% of your daily dose
Fat: 6% of your daily dose
Fiber: 8,5% of your daily dose
Iron: 4% of your daily dose
Calcium: 3% of your daily dose
Vitamin A: 1% of your daily dose
Vitamin C: 0,2% of your daily dose
Folate: 1,5% of your daily dose
Potassium: 7,5% of your daily dose
*please note that these numbers are estimated
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