April 21, 2013

Recipe: Chocolate Goji Berry Bliss Balls

It is a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I thought I would make something to keep in the fridge for the week when I need a pick-me-up.  These bliss balls are super easy, and have a great balance of hearty, sweet and chocolate.  I like using dried apricots as I don't find them as sweet as dates.  If you use dates, omit the agave syrup.

Chocolate Goji Berry Bliss Balls
Makes 12

3/4 c dried apricots
1/2 c hemp hearts
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 c rolled oats
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut + 1/4 c for rolling
1 tsp agave syrup 
1/4 c puffed brown rice
3 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt

In a food processor, combine apricots and hemp hearts.  Process until they form a paste.  Add apple slices, rolled oats, coconut and agave and process for 1-2 minutes until well combined.  Add puffed rice, goji berries, cocoa powder and salt and pulse on and off until combined.

Roll into heaping tablespoon-sized balls between your palms.  Pour 1/4 c coconut on a shallow dish and roll bliss balls in shredded coconut to coat.  Store in air-tight container in refrigerator.

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