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 & Coconut Bliss Balls
Recipe Type: Sweets
YIELDS 12 bliss balls
- 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
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.
Related: GF Paleo Cookie Dough Balls
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