Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Edible Bliss

Inspired by all the free-flowing love and generosity today, I decided to share my recipe for bliss! I have taken to making these "bliss balls" on a regular basis. People have come to depend on me. Last night I brought them to my yoga class to share with everyone after a sweet, heart-opening set. People invariably ask for the recipe once they've taken a bite and chewed for a few seconds. It is an experience you immediately want to repeat. 

I created this recipe after savoring Shine Apsara's "Buddha-Full Bites" at a music festival this summer (http://www.shineapsara.com/page04.html). The chocolate sauce for dipping comes straight from the twins at pure2raw (http://www.pure2raw.com/2011/11/mini-raw-bon-bon/). These tasty treats are all raw, all vegan, all bliss! 

Make a double batch and share the love!

Bliss Balls:
1 1/2 cups dates, pitted & chopped
1/2 cup cacao butter, grated
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup maca powder
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 T. agave syrup
1 tsp. vanilla or 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp. orange essence
Pinch of sea salt (preferably smoked!)

Melt cacao butter and coconut oil on low heat in double boiler. Place dates, melted oils, and agave syrup in food processor and blend well. Add remaining ingredients and blend until it forms a homogenous mixture that holds together well. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for half hour. Form into little balls, place on a baking sheet, and place in freezer for at least 15 minutes. Dip them in chocolate sauce (below), return to freezer. Once chilled, store air-tight container in freezer or fridge.

Chocolate Sauce:
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp. vanilla
3 T. agave syrup
6 T. cacao powder

Mix all the ingredients well.