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Red Velvet Bliss Balls

Red Velvet Bliss Balls

To all of you chocolate lovers out there (yes you!), why not treat yourself with a rich, chocolate-y snack that not only tastes good, but also happens to be 100% good for you? Yes please.

Since it's February, I thought I'd make a Valentine's Day-themed treat in the form of these delicious red velvet bliss balls. They're super simple and quick to make, with only 5 ingredients, taste like dessert AND secretly contain vegetables, but I promise you can't even taste it! With beetroot featuring as the star secret ingredient here, it means these bliss balls are a great source of iron, magnesium and potassium, not to mention they are packed with fibre and a whole lot of other nutrients. Oh, and they're pink!

These little truffles are decadent, chewy and they'll satisfy any chocolate cravings - perfect for showing your body and soul some love this Valentine's Day (self-love always comes first after all!). They also make a great little present for gifting away to loved ones. Without further ado, let's get to the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup beetroot, cooked
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • extra cacao and shredded coconut to roll in

Method

  1. If you are using dried dates, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes to soften
  2. Add the oats into your blender or food processor and pulse to form a coarse flour
  3. Now add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well combined and a thick, sticky 'dough' forms
  4. Roll the mixture into golf ball sized balls and, if you wish, coat in a little extra cacao powder or shredded coconut
  5. Place bliss balls onto a plate lined with baking paper (so they don't stick!) and leave in the freezer to firm for at least an hour
  6. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • These can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer
  • To make them gluten free, sub the oats for raw buckwheat or any nuts of your choice!
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