Everyone needs an occasional bite of something sweet. (No? You don't? Leave this page at once. I don't understand you.)
Once a month or so, I might get the hankering for something over-the-top*, but I'm more likely to crave and indulge in these: Bliss Bites. (*My last "over the top" dessert: going to Coldstone Creamery and getting a small salted vanilla ice cream with sliced banana and caramel.)
My go-to for fixing my sweet tooth used to be a few squares of good dark chocolate, but once I tried these - MOVE OVER DARK CHOCOLATE! I find these Bliss Balls even more satisfying! (I found with the chocolate, I was eating more and more. I think I got bored with it?) Instead of cleaning out the chocolate drawer, I've been making a batch of Bliss Bites each week (it makes 8-10), then nibbling on one throughout the week when I need a sweet fix.
These Bliss Bites are free of refined sweeteners and grains. They're vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free, but most importantly, they are DELISH. I love having options like this for my sweet tooth!
But Are They REALLY Dessert?
The longer you live a lean lifestyle, the more your palate changes and the more sensitive it becomes to sugar. You'll soon find satisfaction in a bowl of fresh raspberries or cherries, or one of these Bliss Bites, whereas a few years ago, you may have scoffed at the suggestion and said,
"Yeah right. That's not dessert!"
These are adapted from a recipe by Diana Mills, Creative Director at Les Mills. She labels them as "totally guilt free" and while I agree with her on that (no food guilt ever!), just bear in mind that dates are high in natural sugars and sugar is sugar - even when it comes from fruit.
Yield: 10 balls
8 pitted dates, cut in half
2 Tbs. almond butter
1 Tbs. melted coconut oil
1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
2 Tbs. ground flaxseed
1 Tbs. pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Pinch of sea salt
1. Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Scoop out in spoonfuls and, using clean hands, roll into 10 small balls.
3. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before eating.