Easter is nearly upon us and if you are looking for a healthy, non chocolate alternative to add to your celebrations, this might be the ticket! These hot cross bun inspired bliss balls are going to save you a lot of time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend enjoying your easter break (if you have one!). Oh and did I mention they are healthy?!
I love hot cross buns!! Especially if they are loaded with sultanas and really warm and squishy, straight from the over or errrr packet! I find them super moorish and I have a hard time stopping at just one! I did contemplate making some vegan ones for the blog but time was of the essence (I haven’t made vegan ones before so no time for recipe failures) so I resorted to my trusty Bliss Balls and made some hot cross bun inspired bliss balls instead. I think they are pretty delicious and I made them in no time at all! No waiting for yeast to rise, no baking….just simply adding ingredients to a food processor!
I’m not really a big die hard chocolate kinda gal. I never have been. I remember as a kid, the easter bunny would bring chocolate eggs and whilst my mum and brother would be cracking them open and they would be eaten before the day was out, I would hoard mine. I actually remember keeping them in an old yellow ice cream container and saving them till my birthday…..which is the 30th of May!?! At which point I’d crack them out and share them. I’m not sure why, but it became a tradition and I have quite a vivid memory of the ice cream container treasure chest. I remember that I would take the shiny eggs out and look at them from time to time but never felt compelled to eat them before my birthday. Some willpower huh! Strange what you remember. Then as the years went by I recall getting less chocolate and more bunny related things which probably suited me much better!
This recipe is really ideal if you have children with dairy intolerances too. Often the dairy-free easter egg option is ‘dark chocolate’ which tends to be too bitter for kids. Why not try making these to add to your dairy-free easter?
Hot Cross Bliss BallsPrint This
- ⅔ of a cup cup of rolled oats
- ⅔ of a cup of ground almonds
- 6 pitted dates
- ½ cup of mixed dried fruit (or sultanas if you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Orange zest from a medium sized orange
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of solid coconut oil (for the crosses)
- 6 tablespoons of icing sugar(for the crosses)
- A 'dash' of nut milk (for the crosses)
1.Add your rolled oats to a food processor and blitz until you have a fine grit.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until you have a sticky dough. If you have a dough setting on your food processor, use this towards the end to really work your ingredients together.
3. Roll your mixture into approximately 12 evenly sized balls. Place them on a tray in the freezer.
4. For the white crosses, place your solid coconut oil in your food processor with the icing sugar. Add a dash of nut milk at the end if the icing is too solid. You want the icing to be firm but soft enough that it is pliable in your piping bag.
5. Fill your piping bag or use a zip lock bag and cut a tiny hole in one end. Take your bliss balls from the freezer and pipe your crosses on top. As the balls have been in the freezer, this chill will help the icing to set immediately.