The schools reopened this week. I think I dislike it as much as my kids! The house is too empty and when it's not, it's all about homework, projects, tests.. But then it also gives me some time to whip up fun little surprises for them. Like these moreish Coffee Granola Bliss Balls!
These little energizing treats are protein packed with a small shot of caffeine. The chocolate chips are completely optional but they do serve well here, probably because we love our chocolate a bit too much! The Coffee Granola Bliss Balls are just the perfect pick me up for the tired afternoons, as a pre-workout snack or for after-school munching.
I used my homemade granola in this recipe. Since this granola is mildly sweetened with honey, I added some soaked dates to the mixture. They added some sweetness to counter the bitter coffee and the plain almond butter. If you don't have homemade granola handy, you can use any good quality store-bought variety or even some muesli. I would watch out for the sugar content on these though.
These bliss balls are a real healthy and lip-smackingly delicious treat. You get the wonderful granola flavors of toasted rolled oats, almonds, cranberries, puffed rice, coconut oil, and honey. Add to that some fragrant cinnamon, aromatic coffee granules, gooey almond butter, and you have fully loaded, soft, chewy bites that deliver on taste and nourishment!
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Coffee Granola Bliss Balls
- 2.5 cups Granola, homemade You can use any good quality store bought granola or muesli
- 2 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tbsp, heaped Almond butter
- 10 Dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
- 1 tsp Coffee powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup Dairy free chocolate or Dark chocolate (70%) chips Optional
- 2-3 tbsp Almond Meal or Ground Almonds Optional, for rolling the bliss balls
- Place all the ingredients - granola, coconut oil, almond butter, coffee powder, cinnamon and dates ( without their water) in a blender. Blend until well combined. If the mixture is too dry, add water in which dates were soaked, a teaspoon at a time until you get a sticky dough like consistency.
- Mix in chocolate chips, if using. I like to refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes. This makes rolling the balls easier. Once the dough is chilled a bit, roll into even sized balls. Coat with ground almonds, if using and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.