Cashew Nut Bliss Balls

Easter is just around the corner, along with all the temptation that goes with it! Weather you are partial to bunnies or eggs or hot cross buns, it can be tough to say no to all the sugary treats we’ll be faced with!

Why not curb your cravings with these delicious Cashew Nut Bliss Balls? With freshly-toasted cashews, vanilla and cacao nibs, these little guys will soon be your favourite Easter treat!

To whip these up, I made my own cashew nut butter! Yep, it’s really pretty easy. I don’t have one of those really serious blender machines, either – I used my coffee bean grinder. It’s perfect for doing small batches! All you need is a little bit of patience.

Although I roasted this batch of cashews myself, you could easily use purchased roasted nuts (and I’ve totally done that in the past!). If you do, grab the unsalted ones – the salted kind will make your butter too salty.

To roast your nuts, preheat your oven to about 160C (a bit less if you’re fan-forced). Chuck your nuts on a baking tray (make sure they’re not too crowded)– and let them toast for 10 – 15 minutes. If you have a timer, use it – you don’t want them to get too dark – just a light golden colour is perfect. Take them out and let them cool completely before grinding.

Fill your grinder about three-quarters full and fasten the lid. Power on!

You’ll first get to the ‘flour’ stage, which looks like this:

Hang on though, you’re not done yet!

Add a dash of salt at this stage  – only a dash, mind.

Keep grinding until the oils start to release and the mix becomes creamy. You might need to stop and loosen the mix with a spatula a couple of times. I found pulsing the blades to be an effective technique at this stage.

If your nut butter is stiff or your blender doesn’t seem to want to get to the creamy stage, you can add a little oil (almond oil or peanut oil if you can handle peanuts). Just remember to use something with a very mild flavour.

And your nut butter is done! Bliss balls await!

Ha. Looks like icecream!

You could use a purchased nut or seed butter but these often have sneaky added sugars – remember to check the label! The Macro brand Cashew Spread has no additives – 100% cashews.

I only make small batches of these, so I use a mini-processor most of the time.

Cashew Nut Bliss Balls

¼ – ⅓ cup Cashew Nut Butter

½ cup Dried Dates

⅓ cup Regular rolled oats

¼ tsp Vanilla Extract or paste

1 tsp Rice Malt Syrup (optional)

1-2 tbsp Cacao Nibs

Throw your dates in the food processor in the food processor with the nut butter and oats, and whizz until it starts to come together in a paste.

Add the vanilla and rice malt syrup, if using. Give it another whizz to get everything nice and combined. Lastly add the cacao nibs and pulse once or twice just to distribute the nibs.

Roll teaspoonfulls into small balls. You could sprinkle the balls with some more cacao nibs if you wanted.

Now put them on your prettiest plate and – enjoy!!