I try to limit my sugar intake as much as possible, and that means my boyfriend bears the brunt of my diet restrictions. I don’t think he minds that much. Actually, I think we enjoy eating healthy together. But Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to sneak in a healthy guilt-free sweet treat, made with lots of love!
These bliss balls are so deliciously heavenly they will make you wonder how something with 8 ingredients can be so damn good. And this recipe can be adapted to fit most diet restrictions. To keep things completely paleo and sugar free, use dark chocolate cacao nibs. Or you can ditch the chocolate coating altogether for a super “clean” dessert.
Keep this recipe in your back pocket for any occasion! I still have enough ingredients to make another batch. Maybe I’ll make them tomorrow to celebrate the day after Valentine’s Day :)
Ingredients: (recipe makes about 15 balls)
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Juice of half an orange
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips for coating (I used semi sweet chocolate chips)
- Topping: you can use whatever you like! I used goji berries, shredded coconut, crushed pecans
- In a large food processor, blend the shredded coconut and pecans.
- Add the Medjool dates and blend again.
- Add the vanilla extract, sea salt, and orange. Blend until a sticky dough is formed.
- Now this is the fun part! Scoop the dough with your hands and roll the mixture into smooth balls.
- Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Place the tray in the freezer to set for 30 minutes.
- Melt the cup of dark chocolate chips (I melted mine over boiling water)
- Remove the balls from the freezer. Roll each ball in chocolate, then sprinkle whatever toppings you’d like! Be sure to sprinkle on the toppings fairly quickly while the chocolate is still melted.
- Return the chocolate balls to the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
- Instead of adding the juice of an orange, add the zest of an orange for a more citrus flavor
- You can use whatever dates you’d like, but I find that Medjool dates are the sweetest
- Try any kind of nut instead of pecans—macadamia, almonds, walnuts– play around with the ingredients if you feel like experimenting
- Other suggested toppings: cocoa powder, dried apricots, dried cranberries, raisins, chia seeds– the possibilities are endless!
Celebrate today and everyday with unconditional love for yourself and all of your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day!