Look, I’ll be honest. When it comes to making bliss balls, I do prefer recipes that don’t need a food processor (like these NO BLEND ones here), because anytime I don’t have to wash up the food processor is a good time.
But occasionally, I like to mix things up (literally) and use dried fruits, so the food processor is a necessity in these instances. I love sundried figs though, so it’s definitely worth the extra effort! You can get sundried figs at most good grocery stores now, or if you’re going the plastic free route, most bulk buy stores also stock them!
A good thing to remember though, that dried fruits are still quite high in sugar. Natural sugars yes, but still sugar all the same. So I like to make sure I get the ones with no added sugar (because they really don’t need any more added to them) and then I also like to combine them with nourishing proteins and fats in the form of nuts, seeds and oils. Because not only do they help to slow down that big spike (and inevitable crash) of energy you can get from high sugar foods, it also feels much more satisfying and keeps me fuller for longer, which is something I want in my snacks.
Another thing I want in my snacks is for it to taste delicious. I added lemon juice and zest to these to give them a subtle citrusy zing, which is so tasty with the coconut and makes for a nice change from the usual cacao based bliss balls! You might have noticed as well that the coconut I rolled my bliss balls in are a bit different in size and texture to normal desiccated coconut, and that’s because they’re dried coconut flakes that I just blitzed for a few seconds in the food processor. They made a delicious and crunchy coating, but you can of course use regular desiccated coconut too if you want to!
I made 7 HUGE bliss balls with this recipe (and they probably look even bigger in my palms because I have tiny child-sized hands), but if you make them smaller, you could probably squeeze out 8-10 bite sized ones instead!
If you make these, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations and share them on my page!
- 10 sundried figs
- 1 cup raw macadamias
- 1/3 cup raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (solid, not melted)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- Desiccated or shredded coconut for rolling
- Place your figs in a bowl of hot water and let it soak for 20 minutes.
- Drain your figs and set aside.
- Place macadamias, almonds and chia seeds in food processor and blend until all roughly chopped.
- Add figs, tahini, coconut oil, lemon juice and lemon zest to the nut mix and pulse until well combined. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times to ensure even mixing.
- Get a spoonful of the mix, roll into a ball in your hand and roll in the shredded coconut.
- Repeat until there is no mixture left.
- Keep bliss balls stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.