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The weekend is almost over, again. I don’t know where the time goes, but it seems to just fly by! My Saturday nights tend to be quiet at the moment, I am doing quite a lot of training and often end up teaching a gym class on the Sunday morning, so I spend a lot of the time on a Saturday night browsing the Internet looking for inspiration.

Last night I saw something that made me want to make these!

I have made bliss balls before, but they usually have a base of almond meal or use peanut butter. This recipe is completely nut free. Most bliss ball recipes also use dates. These ones were meant to be date free and contain apricots as the fruit, but it turns out I had fewer apricots than I thought, so I used a mixture of dates and apricots. The result was delicious!!

Ingredients

1 cup apricots (or mix of dates) soaked in hot water

¾ cup rolled oats

¼ cup desiccated coconut

2Tbsp coconut oil

2Tbsp water from apricots

Extra coconut for rolling/ raw chocolate mix to dip

Soak the fruit in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile place all of the ingredients into a blender. You may have to melt your coconut oil first. Drain the fruit and add to the blender reserving 2Tbsp of liquid to add to the blender also. Blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Roll the mixture into balls and roll into the desiccated coconut.

Raw chocolate

Ingredients

2Tbsp coconut oil

2Tbsp cocoa powder or cacao

1Tbsp honey/ maple syrup

Mix the cocoa and coconut oil into a paste. Add the maple syrup/ honey. Dip your bliss balls into the chocolate to coat. Place into the freezer for around 15 minutes to set. To get complete coverage you may need to repeat this process another 1-2 times. Be careful the chocolate doesn’t set whilst waiting to do coats! You could also coat these in more desiccated coconut.

Remember, just because these don’t contain store bought chocolate or conventional sugar, they are still relatively high in sugar and calories. These are still a treat and should only be incorporated as part of a balanced diet!

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