I know people always want to know whatto do with abundance of pulp that is left after making your own delicious and preservative free nut milks and other than wasting it in the compost (noooo!) or dehydrating it then blending it to make your own almond flour (not everyone has a dehydrator right?) then a great way is to make some kiddie approved bliss balls!
Despite these being less crunchy and textured than the usual style of bliss balls made from whole nuts and seeds, these balls are super popular with the smaller people in our lives as they’re less chunky to prevent choking.
If your littlies can’t eat nuts, you can alway try and play around with making them with a combination of pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds etc.
Also balls can be left up to your imagination as to combination of ingredients and volumes.
I try and make a huge batch of them every month with all the leftover pulp I have stored in the freezer, defrosted of course, to not only use up the ingredient but to have little sweet morsels of whole food goodness to offer to my 15 month old and my 3 year old. They love them. My husband, the sweet tooth, requires a bit more sweetness, so the great thing about making your own balls is you can taste as you go along and adjust according to your
critics family! 😉
Oh and they’re a great little after dinner sweet snack that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty and they’re satisfying enough to only have one or two. Keep them in the freezer if you make them in bulk so you always have them on hand when the sweet tooth strikes.
Sorry I cannot give you specific amounts (everything below is an approximate) but take that as permission to come up with your own combinations and play around with making your own bliss balls. You can do it
Some other ingredients to consider:
- cacao nibs/powder
- soaked raisins
- soaked goji berries
- superfood powders like maca, mesquite, spirulina/chlorella (test smaller amounts as can be too overpowering),
- hemp seeds/powder
- protein powders like brown rice, hemp or pea protein
- dried (then soaked) apricots or other dried fruits
- other seeds like chia, sesame, pumpkin (pepitas), sunflower,
- different nuts: Brazil, macadamia, cashew, walnuts, hazelnut, almonds.
- coconut oil
- nut butters
- shredded coconut
I’d love you to share your own bliss ball combinations in the comments below. Sharing is caring right and you guys are always such a caring community!
Lemon & Date Balls **RAW**
YIELD: As many as you want PREP: 15 mins
A great recipe to use up your leftover almond (or other nut) pulp from being so awesome and making your own nut milk from scratch.
- 1 cup wet almond pulp leftovers from making 1 cup of almonds to 3 cups of water: almond milk
- 2 cups hazelnuts
- 2 cups dates pitted and soaked (soaking helps with digestibility as well as giving the recipe more moisture to help to balls stick together
- 2 lemons zest & juice
- shredded coconut enough to roll the balls in
- pinch Himalayan/Celtic sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor (I used my thermomix) and process until the mixture become sticky. Try not to over process as you do want to maintain some texture. If you find the balls too wet, then add more dry whole nuts, or too dry then add some more soaked dates.
- Roll them into bite sized balls, then roll them into some shredded coconut. Try and hold back from eating them all as you make them. My little taste testers polished half them off before we even hit the beach!