Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

By nicolabrown  , , , ,

December 15, 2015

These are particularly cute and make a wonderful gift, but they require a little TLC to make. I’ll be honest – they’re fiddly. Don’t start making them late on Christmas Eve unless you’re prepared to still be covered in white chocolate when reindeer hooves thunder across your roof.

  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Yields: 20 - 30 bliss balls

Ingredients

Bliss Balls

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped (e.g., apricots, raisins, currants, cranberries)

1 tbsp (heaped) candied citrus peel

1 1/2 tsp mixed spice

1/2 orange, juiced

1 1/2 tbsp brandy or drambuie (optional)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder

1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing and Garnish

100 g white chocolate

Dash of turmeric

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp cranberries or goji berries, chopped

Directions

Bliss Balls

1Soak the almonds in cold water overnight; drain and rinse well, discarding soaking water.

2Combine the dried fruit mix, candied peel and mixed spice in a bowl with the orange juice and brandy/drambuie (if using); leave to soak overnight.

3Pulse drained nuts and coconut in a food processor and grind into a coarse powder. Add marinated dried fruit mixture, cacao/cocoa powder, dates and vanilla. Process until mixture resembles fine biscuit crumbs and holds together when pressed.

4With damp hands, roll mixture into truffle-sized balls. Place on a tray lined with baking paper, pressing down a little so that the bases flatten slightly. Leave in fridge for at least an hour to set.

Icing and Garnish

1Melt white chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Add a dash of turmeric – enough to change the colour but not the flavour.

2Remove bliss balls from fridge and spread a small amount of chocolate on the top of each ball. Decorate each one with a few pumpkin seeds and a couple of berry pieces.

3Makes: 20 – 30. Store in fridge.

These aren’t 100% plant-based because of the white chocolate – but if you wanted to make them raw and dairy-free, you could top with a small amount of cashew cream.

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