A Hint of Chocolate Gluten-Free Vegan Bliss Balls

I love bliss balls. They are quick, fun, generally pretty nutritious, and totally kid-friendly. They require no heat, are ready to eat immediately, and could easily be made into whatever shape your little ones feel like sculpting that day. Yeah it’s basically scrumptious, edible, play dough.

I was so pleased to discover a new bliss ball combo recently while playing around in my mom’s kitchen! (She’s a great sport.) This one needs just three ingredients. I shared some with friends as a special treat. This recipe got me wondering about treasure and simplicity – What Makes a Treasure? I explore that in my next post with some questions around treasure and the idea of “special,” one of my young learners’ favourite topics to discuss in Philosophy.

What you’ll need:

*1 cup quick cook oats or rolled oats

*1/4 cup cocoa powder, cacao powder, or cacao nibs, to taste (accessible at discount health food stores or sometimes bulk bins, but you could also sub a handful of any kind of nuts 2 Tbsp nut butter)

*1/2 cup flame raisins or sultanas

*optional: 2 to 3 Tbsp peanut butter or another nut or seed butter like almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter

You really can use any kind of dried fruit, but it needs to be something with a good amount of moisture if it’s going to hold the oats together. I love flame raisins because they are quite tangy, reminiscent of cranberries.

*a food processer or a strong blender

What you’ll do:

First, blend the oats and cacao on a “pulse” setting, shaking or stirring after every 2 pulses to get an even mix. The oats should now resemble a course flour. Then blend your raisins in, mixing with a spoon or spatula after every couple of pulses so it combines evenly. You should end up with a thick mass roughly the consistency of playdough. If it’s way to sticky, add some more oats. If it’s too dry and crumbly, add some more raisins.

Now comes the fun part! Scrape out the whole mixture onto a plate or tray and knead it up like dough. Optional: For a richer “energy ball” type of treat, pop it all in a bowl or measuring cup and mix in a couple of Tbsp nut butter now.

Roll your bliss balls out 1 Tbsp at a time. Optional: If you want to dip them in melted chocolate or roll them in coconut or cocoa powder, this is the time!

If you don’t end up gobbling them all up in one go, they keep well in any sealed container. My favourite way to enjoy them is straight from the freezer. They get really hard and last a tiny bit longer! 🙂 Have you tried this with kids? How did it go? Please share your mix-in ideas and experiences in the comments.

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  1. […] Sharing my bliss balls this week, I got to wondering about treasure. We often think of treasure as something that is expensive, rare, or difficult to get. It tends to be something physical that we want to hold on to and guard。 Many books, for example Herbert and Harry by Pamela Allen and Hidden Treasures: Rainbow Fish and Friends by Gail Donovan, explore the concept of treasure and whether treasure could be more intangible, an experience. Cooking is a fun activity you could use to open the discussion with your family or class. I tend to think of special treats, especially when we can share them with loved ones, as little treasures. I asked myself, if this didn’t take me long and wasn’t expensive, can it still be a special treasure? After or during some play time/cooking time, here are some ways you could open up the discussion or push it forward. Click here for my three-ingredient vegan, gluten-free bliss balls – kid-friendly and quick. […]


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