Ensure seeds are removed from dates and place into food processor with ¼ cup warm water. Blitz until a date paste is formed
Add the cashews, nut butter, coconut milk powder, lemon zest and blitz until all combined. (about 1 – 2 mins). If mixture is still too wet, add more coconut a couple of tablespoons at a time until mixture holds its shape
Put bliss ball mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up before rolling.
Roll mixture into 11 large or 22 small balls one at a time, rolling in the desiccated coconut as you go which will help them come together. If your hands are getting sticky, use a little desiccated coconut in your hands to stop the sticking.
Let them firm up in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating.
Store in the fridge in an air tight container. They will stay fresh for 7 days.
Can you use regular dates? you could but you'll need to use more because medjool dates are sweeter than regular dates. You'll also need to soak them for longer as they are firmer and have a tougher skin. Extra soaking will ensure a smooth date paste.
Cashew Butter: I would avoid using any other nut butter as they might be a bit overpowering to the coconut. Cashew butter has a milder taste than peanut butter for example.
Coconut Milk/Coconut Cream Powder: This is available in the Asian food section of the supermarket when you normally find the coconut milk in a can. Avoid the canned stuff as it will make the bliss ball mixture to runny.
Can you freeze these? Yes these are freezer friendly. Pop them into a freezer friendly container and let them defrost naturally before eating. They will freeze well for 6 weeks – if they last that long!
Servings: This recipe will make 11 large bliss balls or you can make 22 small bliss balls. (I normally take 3 bites to eat a large one, whereas I eat the small ones all at once)