Banana & Dark Choc-Chip Bliss Balls

blissballssoftfocusAren’t bliss balls the thing these days? Now that I have a kid, it seems like everyone is mad for them. I won’t deny it, me too. I’m not suggesting I want to gorge myself on them in a moment of self-pitying comfort eating but they are pleasing on a normal day.

This recipe was born out of someone else’s recipe that I made and upon tasting the mixture before commencing balling, I was severely nonplussed. Hello, where is the flavour hiding? Ain’t nobody eating a bliss ball that is missing the bliss. So stuck with this mound of chateaux-du-belly-button-lint oat mixture, I got jiggy with some overripe bananas and magic happened. As they say. The hippy types I mean. Sigh. Whatever, these are yum and a reasonably healthy sweet treat. Certainly less offensive to my waistline than the pumpkin pie and ice cream I just scoffed.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 50g almond meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried apples, ripped in halves
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • 1-2 overripe bananas, ripped into quarters
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut + extra for rolling
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey

Gear

  • Thermomix
  • Melon baller (if you can be bothered, otherwise a teaspoon will be just fine)
  • flat bowl (nothing too deep)

Method

  1. Put the apples, dried and fresh, into the mixing bowl and blitz 20 sec/speed 6
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly 10 sec/reverse/speed 2
  3. Pour your extra coconut into the flat bowl
  4. Dampen your hands with water (to keep them relatively unsticky)
  5. Using the baller/spoon take a serve of the mixture and roll it into a ball in the curve of your palms
  6. If the mixture seems a bit dry just use a little water to moisten them up
  7. Roll the ball in the coconut
  8. Repeat!
  9. Refridgerate for an hour or so (if you can wait, and it’s by no means a necessity) to get them nicely set
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