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Mango & Coconut Bliss Balls

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Mango and Coconut Bliss Balls

With the new year, there often comes new goals, hopes, and inspirations, but this new year there also seems to be an exciting amount of new vegans! Across social media, I have seen a slew of people joining in on Veganuary or setting a goal to follow a more plant-based diet in 2018. I know at times the transition to veganism can feel daunting and maybe even limiting, so I racked my brain for ways to help those making the change.

I remember when I first transitioned, I struggled mainly with finding things to eat while rushing between lectures or making my way to work, and I’d find myself eyeing up some not-so-vegan snacks as my stomach growled. Cue the discovery of the wonderful and versatile “bliss balls”!

Bliss balls are the ideal combination of dried fruit and nuts, creating a chewy, bite-size kick of energy for your busiest days. Not only delicious, they are also incredibly simple to make; just toss everything into a food processor, roll into little balls, and you’re good to go. So, fellow vegans–new and old–if you feel like you’re struggling to find goodies for your in-between meal times, I’ve been there and I’ve got your back. These Mango and Coconut Bliss Balls will have you walking right by those vending machines without even a second glance!

Mango and Coconut Bliss Balls

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time:
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 bliss balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried dates, pitted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted cashews (or raw cashews to make this recipe fully-raw)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango (or defrosted frozen mango)
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • desiccated coconut for coating

Directions

1.) Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until it forms a chunky, sticky mixture. The mixture should still have visible small chunks of cashews and dates; otherwise, it will be too processed and difficult to roll.

2.) With damp hands, take small handfuls of the mixture and roll into 12 equal-sized balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball).

3.) If desired, roll in desiccated coconut for texture and extra coconut flavor.

4.) Store in air-tight container for up to three days.

Also by Aubrey: 2 Easy Vegan Crackers: Cheezy Squares & Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers

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Photos: Aubrey Pacheco

Aubrey Pacheco

Aubrey Pacheco

Contributor at Peaceful Dumpling
After three years of attending university in Oxford, England to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Aubrey is back in her hometown in Los Angeles ready to spread the knowledge through private nutritionist services, recipe creating, and more. When she isn’t scouring through new science journals or dancing around the kitchen making new recipes, Aubrey can be found hiking, reading, or hunting for the best cup of coffee in LA. Follow Aubrey on Instagram @solisticnutrition to keep up with her work.
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