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Cacao bliss balls are a quick health boosting snack with only 5 ingredients and are perfect for meal prep. They are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and have no added sugar!
Fudgy, cacao vegan bliss balls made with wholesome ingredients? Yes, please!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CACAO AND COCOA POWDER?
The raw beans contained within the sticky matrix of the cacao pod don’t taste much like chocolate. Therefore, even raw cacao products aren’t made with beans straight from the pod. Once cacao beans are harvested, they go through several processing steps. Firstly they are fermented and then dried. This stage is the raw cacao powder.
The cacao powder are further processed by roasting at a much higher temperature and typically supplemented with additives to cut the bitterness. The roasting process fully develops the chocolate flavor and gives them some sweetness but many of these beneficial nutrients degrade and are no longer significantly present in the powder—quite the unnecessary loss in nutrition.
Minimally processed cacao powder is an abundant source of minerals (iron, magnesium and potassium), fiber and those unique antioxidants called flavanols, which support cardiovascular and brain health.
WHAT ARE BLISS BALLS?
Bliss balls are also known as energy bites or energy balls. These cacao bliss balls are quick and easy to make and have only 5 ingredients. So you don’t have an excuse not to make them! They are the perfect snack and great to prepare ahead of time as they last for a long time in the fridge and outside the fridge. These bliss balls are made with whole food ingredients like cashew, raisins and cacao powder.
Just like my original raw vegan almond coconut balls, this cacao version is sure to become a family favourite snack in no time!
HOW TO MAKE CACAO BLISS BALLS
All you need to make these bliss balls is a food processor and 5 ingredients: cashew nuts, raisins, cacao powder, vanilla bean and sea salt.
HOW LONG DO BLISS BALLS LAST?
You can store these cacao bliss balls in the fridge or outside the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container. You can also store them in the freezer to enjoy later.
They’re so chocolaty, rich and moist. The longer you blend them the more of the oils from the cashews are released and get a little more fudgy and sticky.
Raw Cacao Bliss Ball
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients and blend until dough consistency. 2. Form into bite size balls and cover with extra cacao powder. 3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or outside the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for 1-2 months.
More Healthy Snack Recipes
For more healthy inspiration, these recipes all make simple, healthy snacks too:
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MANGO FLOAT CAKE
Are you a fan of no-bake and chilled fruit cakes like this one? This mango float cake is the perfect summer dessert and one of the easiest cake to whip up!
You don’t need an oven to make a great dessert.
Mango float cake is a very popular Filipino dessert ‘icebox cake’ also called Mango Royale, that is a big hit during the holiday seasons or any other special occasion. Soft clouds of sweetened cream and generous bits of sweet mangoes between softened layers of graham crackers. Its creamy and refreshing with loads of bright, summery fresh fruit flavor. This vegan version tastes so legit it’ll surprise everyone at your next party! You can also replace mangoes with peaches.
I soak the crackers in evaporated milk before layering it down. This will help making it easier to cut through the cake without mushing it down and it adds another rich comforting flavour. Veganising this mango float cake is so easy with Nature’s Charm evaporated milk, coconut whipped cream and condensed milk.
You may line your container with a parchment paper so you can lift the whole cake once frozen. Just make sure to use a sturdy one so it will not break even when soaked.
The hardest part of the recipe is waiting for the cake to set!
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Enjoy making this fluffy goodness! xx
Coconut Mango Float Cake
- Just an 8×8 baking dish, an electric handheld mixer, some bowls and spatulas
- 2 can Nature's Charm coconut whipped cream chilled overnight
- 100 g Nature's Charm condensed milk
- 100 g Nature's Charm evaporated milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 sweet mangos about 400g diced
- 300 g vegan graham crackers
- Whip the chilled cream until doubled in size. In a separate bowl combine condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Gently fold in the whipped cream to the condensed milk mixture until well combined.
- In a seperate bowl add the evaporated milk and soak each cracker on each side, to soften. Let it soak for just couple of seconds. It should not becomme soggie.
- Line the dish with graham crackers. Spread half of the cream mixture on top of the graham. Spread half of the sliced mangoes on top of the cream. Repeat the process to make the second layer of graham, cream mixture and remaining sliced mangoes. Spread the mangoes evently and finish with sprinkles of crushed crackers. Place in the freezer.
- Chill for at least 3 hours before slicing. Serve and enjoy!
You can either freeze or chill the cake in the fridge overnight. Freezing will result in a more ice cream cake-like end product which you would have to thaw several minutes before serving. Chilling will result in a creamy, ready-to-eat cake out of the fridge.