Bliss balls, protein balls, energy balls: who doesn’t love them? These Easy Choc Mint Bliss Balls beat store bought ones every time. You may already have the ingredients in your pantry. They’re gluten free, low fructose and vegan too.
For the mint component, I use Obbekjaers pure peppermint oil. I first bought it when I was in the UK and loved it’s natural sweetness. But you can use any peppermint oil that is 100% pure and suitable for ingestion. If you can’t find ingestible peppermint oil, you can use peppermint extract instead.
You can buy peppermint extract at most supermarkets in the baking section. Peppermint extract is less concentrated than peppermint oil so you will need to adjust the quantity to taste. I usually use about 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract in place of 1-2 drops of pure peppermint oil.
When making these Choc Mint Bliss Balls, it’s a good idea to proceed cautiously with the peppermint oil or peppermint extract at first. Everyone seems to like different levels of mint flavour. You want to be able to taste the beautiful sweet mint coming through the chocolate.
However, too much mint burns your mouth and stomps all over the other flavours. My suggestion is to add the lower amount of oil or extract to start with, then taste and add more if desired.
For the nuts, I think cashew nuts work best because they are so creamy. Almonds also work well, and I imagine walnuts would too. Alternatively, you could just use a mixture of whatever nuts you have at home. Just make sure they are unsalted and I would avoid peanuts in this recipe because their flavour may be a bit too overpowering.
- 2 cups raw cashew nuts (or almonds)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3-4 drops pure peppermint oil (or 3/4 – 1 teaspoon peppermint extract)
- Unsweetened desiccated coconut for coating (optional)
1Process all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Alternatively, you can whizz the nuts and oats in a blender or NutriBullet to get a powder, then tip the powder into a bowl and stir through the other ingredients by hand until the mixture forms a dough.
2Taste the mixture and add more peppermint oil if desired.
3Roll the mixture into balls and place on a plate or tray. Coat the balls in desiccated coconut if desired. Transfer the balls to the fridge for about half an hour to firm up.
4Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Oats naturally don’t contain gluten, but as they are often processed on the same equipment as wheat, they can have traces of gluten. If you’re strictly gluten free, you can buy gluten free oats.