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Festive pudding bliss balls
Nutrition content (per ball)*
132 cal | protein: 2g | total fat: 8g |sat fat: 1g | carbs: 14g | sugar: 11g | added sugar: 1g | fibre: 2g
*Approximate values from Xyris Food Works
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- ½ tsp dried ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (approx. 150g)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup currants
- Zest of one orange
- 1-2 tbsp orange juice
(Makes approx. 14 balls)
- White chocolate
- Goji berries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Put dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water for one minute. When soft, remove from water and set aside (this first step is optional to help soften the dates for blending).
- Put pecans in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend to a fine crumb.
- Add almond meal, dates, spices, vanilla, orange zest and juice. Blend on high speed until well combined. You may have stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl 1-2 times to get mixture blended properly.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl, then add currants and apricot pieces. Mix with a spoon to fold fruit evenly through mixture and roll into balls.
- Melt white chocolate in microwave or in a double boiler over the stove until runny.
- Add a drizzle on top of each bliss ball then add a pepita and two goji berries to resemble holly.
- Repeat until all bliss balls are covered.
- Refrigerate for one hour to set and enjoy.
Why it’s good for you
These bliss balls are not only cute; they are a balanced afternoon snack to get you into the swing of the festive season without worrying about excess calories normally found in desserts. Packed with protein and fibre to help keep you full, they are also low in refined sugar and saturated fat. These bliss balls contain antioxidants from the dates and currants to assist with reducing cell damage.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified healthcare professional.
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