Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls

Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls

One of my favourite chocolate bars growing up was the Cherry Ripe, with it’s delicious sweet cherries and coconut filling, smothered in dark chocolate. Oh the memories, it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. So I decided to experiment and make a healthier version of my favourite chocolate bar.

Although there is almond meal in these bliss balls, you can barely taste it, it’s all about the cherries and coconut and of course chocolate. The cacao butter and cacao powder give a delicious smooth chocolate flavour, which compliments the rest of the flavours.

The best thing about bliss balls is they are so easy to make. All you need is a food processor, Vitamix, Thermomix or something similar, to blitz everything together. Remember to double check to see if all the seeds have been removed from the cherries. It’s not the greatest task to have to remove chopped up bits of seed from the mixture, or to almost break a tooth when you uncomfortable crunch it between you teeth. Been there…..done that!!

You can use coconut oil in place of the cacao butter. However, the chocolate coating will melt more quickly on your fingers once out of the refrigerator. With any leftover raw chocolate, I make raw chocolate super food bites. They are so simple to make and taste great.

For accurate cup measurements, I sift the raw cacao before measuring to make sure there are no lumps/clumps. All cup measurements are firmly packed.

Recipe Update: For a thicker chocolate coating, I increased the raw cacao powder from 10g to 20g. In the cover picture, you can see that have double dipped the bliss balls to give them a thicker chocolate shell. If you choose to double dip them, you will need to let the first coating set before you dip them in the chocolate again. You will also need to increase the chocolate by a quarter.

Makes 24

Ingredients
Bliss Balls
2 teaspoons (10ml) chia seeds
96g (3.4 ounces or 1 cup) desiccated coconut (I use this brand)
84g (3.0 ounces or ¾ cup) almond flour/meal
100g (3.5 ounces or a firmly packed ⅔ cup) sweet dried cherries
70g (2.4 ounces or approx. 6 medium sized) Medjool dates, at room temperature
27g (1.0 ounces or ⅓ cup) raw cacao powder (I use this brand)
3 tablespoons (45ml) pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons (30ml) cacao butter or coconut oil (I use this brand)
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) pure vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
Chocolate Coating
60ml (¼ cup) raw cacao butter or coconut oil, melted (I use this brand)
20g (0.7 ounces or 4 tablespoons) raw cacao powder, sifted (I use this brand)
2 tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup

First, mix the chia seeds in 30ml (2 tablespoons) room temperature water and set aside until a thick gel forms, which takes about 12-15 minutes.

Step 1 - Adjusted more in iPhotos

Line a tray with baking paper or parchment, then set aside.

Add the bliss ball ingredients and the chia gel to a food processor and process the mixture until it becomes a sticky paste, which will take about 40-60 seconds or so.

Step 2 - Adjusted more in iPhotos

Take 20g or 0.7 ounces, which is about 1 tablespoon, of the mixture and roll into balls, before placing in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 3 - Adjusted more in iPhotos

To make the chocolate coating, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk everything together. I like to use a small whisk to do this, as it helps disperse any small lumps in the cacao powder. The chocolate will have a thin and syrupy consistency.

To choc coat, use a fork to balance the bliss ball on. Then dunk it into the chocolate and gently drag the fork along the rim of the bowl/jug, to scrape off any excess. If the chocolate becomes too thick to work with, gently reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Step 4 - Adjusted more in iPhotos

Gently place the choc-dipped bliss balls on the prepared tray. Once all the balls have been coated in chocolate, place them back in the refrigerator to set fully. Don’t worry if you get any cracking in your chocolate once refrigerated, as I had some small cracks in a few of them once they were set.

Step 5 - Adjusted more in iPhotos

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Enjoy!

Recipe by: The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse

6 responses to “Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls

  1. These look and sound amazing, I’m going to give them a go but probably not dairy free as thank goodness Beth is no longer lactose intolerance now her gut has mended. Keep up the amazing work, I’m in total awe of your energy x

  2. Thank you so much Rebecca 🙂 x Some days I do just veg out, but I’m usually pottering around in the kitchen. 🙂
    That’s wonderful news about Beth’s health improvements. I’d love to see your version of these bliss balls when you make them. 🙂

  3. Hi, I was wondering where you purchase your sweet dried cherries from? I’m also in Australia. I was excited to find the naked ginger you recommend (for the ginger bliss balls) at our local IGA but the cherries for this recipe elude me.

  4. Hi Wendy 🙂 Healthy Valley Organics is the brand of sweet dried cherries I was using. Although it doesn’t say on the packet it’s gluten free, I did contact the manufacturer and they confirmed they are gluten free…Ethan hasn’t been ill from anything I’ve put them in. I currently looking for another brand, as there is now a may contain statement for peanuts. I’m thinking it maybe easier and cheaper to buy a dehydrator and just making them myself. I hope you enjoy the ginger bliss balls. 😀

  5. Thanks Kylie, I have placed an order for some. I DO have a dehydrator but of course cherries are no-longer in season, so will have to wait before I can attempt drying my own. As a Raw foodie, the no added ‘anything’ is very important to me, and in dried fruit products this is very hard to find. Have a few of your bliss-balls on the go for the family. Currently activating my nuts for another batch of the ginger bliss balls (as the first batch never made it to the choc dipping stage 🙂 – all eaten before then)

  6. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed my ginger bliss balls…that’s really made my day! 😀 Oh, I feel your frustration Wendy, I have to be vigilant to make sure that there is no gluten, dairy and peanuts in the may contain statements, as our youngest son is anaphylactic to peanuts. When all the new labelling laws changed last year, there were quite a few products which I was buying, but now I’m unable to due to the may contain statements on the new packaging. :-/ I’ve recently sent an enquiry to Merry Cherry Farms in South Australia, so I have my fingers crossed that these dried cherries will be allergy friendly. 🙂

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