These little balls of love are perfect for entertaining or just savouring on the couch after dinner. They are loved equally by kids and adults and they’re easily adapted for various intolerances.
As always, they’re gluten and dairy free and can be made with low-moderate food chemicals. If you’re ok with cacao/cocoa – then please feel free to use it, but the great thing about these bliss balls, is they taste and smell like chocolate, without the chocolate. So if you’re intolerance to amines, or theobromine, or caffeine, you can enjoy a chocolatey treat without the reaction. The cocoa butter smells just like chocolate, so the blissful hormones are triggered before you’ve even taken a bite!
Mix and match with your favourite nuts and seeds and whole food sweeteners, or make just like me, with cashews, carob and rice malt syrup, so anyone with a salicylate or amine intolerance can enjoy a delicious treat, that’s also full of goodness and nutrient-dense. Please enjoy!
Gluten free, Dairy free, Low salicylates/amines/glutamates
I cup cashews – ground in food processor or blender (or mix with other nuts, sunflower seeds and/or pepitas if moderate salicylates/amines tolerated)
2 tbsp carob powder (or raw cacao if amines tolerated)
1-2 tbsp rice malt syrup (or 1 tbsp raw honey if salicylates tolerated)
3 tbsp melted cocoa butter* (you can use coconut oil if you’re ok with sals/amines, but cocoa butter makes them smell like chocolate, so you feel like you’re eating the real thing! they also stay firmer out of the fridge with cocoa butter.)
Melt rice malt syrup and cocoa butter on low on stovetop or in microwave for about 2 minutes or until all melted. Blitz up cashews, or nut/seed mix, and carob powder then mix with syrup and cocoa butter. Let stand in fridge for 30 minutes or until slightly firm for rolling (don’t leave too long or it will set). Roll into teaspoon or tablespoon sized balls, then back in the fridge to firm up. Will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
Perfect as a treat for your kids with intolerances (when everyone around them is getting chocolate or something artificial. Bring them to parties so your little ones never miss out on something tasty, and you know it’s super nutritious too).
*I can’t find info on amine level of cocoa butter, – it’s potentially high, so use with caution – it seems ok for our family, but everyone’s different.