Fall Treat: Therese Elgquist’s Almond and Apricot Bliss Balls
Hey, it’s Thess! I’m so happy to get the chance to share some of my plant-based favorites here, and hope that the food and sweets (and everything in between) will both inspire and satisfy your tastebuds, mind and tummy. First out: Bliss Balls!
Sweet, tangy and chunky at the same time. This is my favorite seasonal Bliss Balls, which I make with toasted almonds, dried organic apricots and all my favorite wintery spices. Make a big batch and store in the freezer – ready to be taken out and served whenever during the upcoming season!
I make my own “wintery spices blend” that I use both for Bliss Balls, like these, but also in hot and cold porridge, and hot drinks throughout the season. Try making your own with your favorite spices (or use my “recipe” below), or buy ready blends like “ginger bread spices” found in the grocery store.
Almond and Apricot Bliss Balls
With Wintery Spices
Makes about 14 Bliss Balls
2 dl almonds (preferably toasted for extra flavour)
1 dl oats (use gluten free if gluten intolerant)
1 dl shredded coconut
12 dried organic apricots
2 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil
2 tbsp freshly pressed orange juice (optional)
1-2 tbsp almond milk or water (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch sea salt
Pulse almonds, oats, shredded coconut and spices until coarsely chopped * in a food processor. Add the apricots and mix until crumbly, then add the coconut oil and orange juice and mix just until the mixture sticks together. You might have to add a bit of almond milk or water (especially if not using orange juice. This usually depends on how big/soft the apricot are) to get it to stick together. You want the mixture to be slightly sticky.
Form the mixture into balls and roll in shredded coconut. Place in the fridge and serve slightly chilled – that’s how I like them best!
* I like having quite big bites of almonds in my bliss balls. You could also mix until a flour-like mixture before adding your wet ingredients, this will give your bliss balls a different consistency.
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