Who doesn't love dessert? I know I do, and lucky for me, there are tons of great vegan desserts! I had the opportunity to taste Lily's balls (heh) when I was traveling in California last week, and let me tell you, I'll be making these immediately. These little balls of chocolate bliss are perfectly balanced between sweet and salty, with the added amazingness of toasted sunflower seeds. As Lily puts it "the toasted sunflower seeds are key."
Lily is an old and dear friend of mine who truly lives the life of a free spirit. She is carrying out the mission of Birth Into Being and wants to bring positive energy to all living things! Lily loves to eat and be around plants and she is dedicated to helping people find their center - aka their own sustainable energy. This girl continuously teaches me to be more meaningfully connected to myself, to my mama earth, and to everyone around me. So let's get connected and make some yummy chocolate bliss! I promise these little treats will bring you positive vibes.
The rest of this post is written with love, by Lily Rothrock.
Every time I go on a roadtrip, I make three essential preparations:
- I pause, breathe, ground and center myself.
- I envision my reception at my destination and make a prayer that I may arrive safely.
- I make chocolate balls.
Yes, these chocolate balls are as vital to my well being as my spiritual practice.
Chocolate Bliss Balls
Recipe adapted from my friend, Sierra Chik-McNeal
Prep time: 20 minutes. Suggested chill time: 1 hour.
Ingredients for about 15 balls:
- 1/2 cup nut butter (almond butter, tahini, peanut butter...)
- 1/2 cup liquid sweetener (maple syrup, agave, honey for non-vegan balls)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup coconut manna (this is coconut butter without the oil)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- a dash of hot (not boiling) water
- vanilla powder (the raw, unadulterated stuff is amazing)
- First things first; make sure your coconut manna is melted and ready to go. You can melt it in the jar by placing it in a pot of boiling water. Unless you live in California in the summer, in which case, you simply need to wait for the sun to rise.
- Next up, toast the sunflower seeds in a small pan on low heat. Stir occasionally and pay attention so they don't burn! This should take about 15 minutes.
- Mix nut butter and sweet syrup in a big mixing bowl. Add cacao powder and mix, adding the dash of hot water to incorporate. Then add coconut manna and sunflower seeds.
- Next, flavor your concoction to your preference. Salt and vanilla are essential flavorings, but play around with the proportion of your other spices. I like it spicy so I add a generous amount of ginger. Faye likes to add lots of cinnamon. I suspect that cardamom, cayenne or maca would be fun flavors to experiment with, too!
- Now for the fun part! I love getting my hands all chocolatey and mushing my mixture into medium-sized balls.
- Once your balls are formed, fill a small mixing bowl with coconut shavings. Drop chocolate balls into the coconut one at a time and roll them around so they are fully coated.
- To firm your bliss balls, let them rest in the fridge for an hour at least. They will last in the fridge for up to a week, but I doubt you'll have any left by then!