This week’s blog comes from Guest Blogger, Maddy Bellcroft – Find Maddy on Facebook.
All of a sudden Christmas has sprung up on me; while doing my wholefood demo in Fresh Choice last week I glanced up to find the isles looking fabulously festive. I like making my own Christmas gifts and treats to give away as well as purchasing nice foodie stocking stuffers.
Some in-store gifts that I adore include the Trade Aid cacao dusted almonds, Little Bird macaroons, Dovedale’s special gluten free Christmas range and the lovely Pukka Organic after dinner herbal tea.
These bliss balls make lovely gifts and are great to have in your fridge for when guests pop by over the holiday period. They should last about a week in the fridge (if you haven’t eaten them all by then) and all the ingredients can be found at Fresh Choice Nelson.
Christmas Spice Bliss Balls
- 1 cup cashews
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 3 Tbsp crystallised ginger
- 3 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 Tbsp honey or date paste
- Generous pinch of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and mixed spice
- Grind the cashews and walnuts to coarse flour, and finely chop the crystallised ginger and cranberries.
- Put flour and dried fruits into a medium sized bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well. The dough should come together and hold a ball shape in your hands, if it’s too dry add a little water and if it’s too wet add a little extra ground cashew or coconut.
- With damp hands roll mixture into Tbsp sized balls (you can even roll them in coconut or Fresh As freeze dried raspberry powder) and place in a airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator, or in freezer.
I hope that you have a lovely warm summer; I will be back in the New Year with more whole food inspiration, Maddy