September 21, 2012

Raw Vegan Chocolate Covered Blueberry Bliss Balls

These Raw Vegan Chocolate Covered Blueberry Bliss Balls are inspired by this recipe from YumUniverse contributor Rea Frey Holguin.

1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen. I like frozen for this recipe)
1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

In a food processor, process almonds until finely ground.
Add dates and process until mixture forms a ball and sticks together.
Add the remaining ingredients until well mixed.
Roll into small balls and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Makes about 30 balls.  

You can also pack these firmly into square pan, which would create about 16 brownies. Store them in the freezer and take them out to thaw when you want one, or four.  You can also store in the fridge in a sealed container.

Optional additions: chocolate chips, cinnamon, hemp protein, coconut, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, agave nectar, hazelnuts, frozen cherries or strawberries, and more.

Optional Chocolate Ganache:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, agave nectar, or raw coconut nectar
1/4 cup cocoa powder  

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. If mixture becomes too thick, gently warm the bowl over another bowl of hot water before dipping. 

Dip each ball in chocolate. 
Remove with fork and place on a rack (or parchment paper-lined sheet).
Sprinkle with sea salt, cinnamon, coconut, hemp seeds, chopped nuts, or as is.
Place back into the refrigerator until set.

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