These Raspberry Bliss Balls should really be called Magic Raspberry Balls because they are incredible!Jump to Recipe
I was recently gifted 8 pounds of freshly picked raspberries, still warm from the sun. Instead of doing a bunch of jam or freezing the lot I wanted to play around with the raspberries. And thus these Raspberry Bliss Balls were born.
The fresh raspberries were a welcome change from my regular chocolate or nut heavy bliss balls.
Because the recipe is made with fresh raspberries there is an extra step of cooking down the raspberries that is required. This is necessary to keep the balls together or they’d be Raspberry Bliss Puddles. But it is so worth it.
Then I went one step further and covered these magical Raspberry Bliss Balls in CHOCOLATE! They went from delicious to out-of-this-world-delicious.
Although I am a self confessed choco-holic I know not everyone is and so I made the chocolate covering optional.
What you’ll need to make Raspberry Bliss Balls
These sweet gals are made of raspberries, almond meal, freshly ground flax seed, coconut oil, raw honey, fresh lemon juice and an optional chocolate covering.
How to make Raspberry Bliss Balls
Either fresh or frozen raspberries work for these Raspberry Bliss Balls. It is currently peak raspberry season and freshly picked berries are available to me. However, when it isn’t summer and juicy raspberries aren’t dripping off the bush using frozen berries is a wonderful option too.
Cook them berries down
Cooking the raspberries is the secret to making the bliss balls. By reducing the berries it allows the integrity of the bliss balls to remain intact. Plus it makes them that brilliant red, otherwise they’d have a more pink colour.
In baking I rarely use weight as a measurement indicator but in this case it is very helpful. You start with 100 grams of fresh or frozen raspberries and reduce them down to roughly 50 grams or half their weight.
If you don’t have a kitchen scale 100 grams of raspberries is roughly one cup.
Simmer the raspberries on low for about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning and sticking.
Bring those Raspberry Bliss Balls together
While the berries are cooking down, melt the coconut oil in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
In a medium bowl mix the almond flour, raw honey, melted coconut oil, freshly ground flax seed, lemon juice, and reduced raspberries. Stir until you have a uniformed pink mixture.
Place mixture into the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes. This will make it much easier to form the mix into balls.
Scoop out a tablespoon amount of the solidified mixture and roll into bliss balls. It will make 8 balls. Place the balls on parchment paper to prevent sticking and store in the fridge or freezer. Let them rest for an hour before enjoying.
Alternatively, if you’re into chocolate proceed onto the next steps.
Covering the Raspberry Bliss Balls in chocolate is optional but I HIGHLY recommend it.
Place the formed bliss balls in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight. This will allow them to keep their shape as you deep them in the melted chocolate.
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler on the stove. Stir often to mix the chocolate and coconut oil together.
Dip and cover each Raspberry Bliss Ball into the melted chocolate mixture. Place them back on the parchment paper and store in the freezer or devour the lot I won’t judge.
I highly suggest freshly grinding your flax seed on an as need basis, or maximum 5 days in advance.
You can easily grind them yourself in a coffee grinder. I suggest having a coffee grinder for herbs, spices and seeds separate from your grinder for coffee. Store the ground seeds in an airtight container in the fridge.
Flax seeds contain delicate oils and go rancid quickly. When you buy pre-ground flax seed you are adding an additional burden for the liver to deal with. If you’re focusing on restoring your digestive, liver and hormonal health, you will want to freshly grind your flax seeds.
I love adding flax seed in because it increases bowl movements and feeds the good bacteria helping keep those hormones in check. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and help to pull out toxins for elimination. They’re a cheap food that offers huge beneficial impact for hormones and the whole body.
Raw or unpasteurized honey is an amazing food. Because it has not been pasteurized or heated the nutritional value of the honey has remained intact.
For example, raw honey contains good bacteria making it a probiotic food, enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins, all of which would be lost during the pasteurization process.
Raspberry Bliss Balls
- kitchen scale
- small pot
- medium bowl
- parchment paper
Raspberry Bliss Balls
- 100 grams raspberries fresh or frozen
- 2 tbsp almond meal
- 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup flax seed ground
- 1-2 tbsp honey raw
- 2 tsp lemon juice fresh
- ½ cup dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Simmer the raspberries in a small pot on medium – low heat for roughly 10 minutes until they have reduced to half their initial weight. Stir often to prevent burning.
- Put the reduced raspberries in a medium bowl and add the almond meal, melted coconut oil, ground flax seed, honey and lemon juice. Stir to mix well.
- Place the raspberry mixture in the freezer for 20 minutes .
- Once the raspberry mixture has solidified a bit, scoop out a tablespoon sized amount and roll into a ball. Place balls on parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Let the Raspberry Bliss Balls rest in the freezer for about half an hour before consuming or moving onto the optional chocolate step.
- Optional: Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler, mixing regularly.
- Dip each Raspberry Bliss Ball into the chocolate and place back on the parchment paper. Let rest in the freezer for an additional 15 minutes before enjoying.
- They will keep in the fridge for 3 days or store in the freezer for 3 months in an airtight container.