We had a long season of sweet, organic cherries this summer, however they all got eaten so quickly I didn’t get time to make these raw ‘cherry ripe’ balls that I’ve been planning for some time.
Fortunately I found some organic, frozen, sweet cherries that are readily available so I used these to make this cherry coconut bliss ball recipe for our Easter family feasting this year.
Did you know that cherries are rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, and there is evidence that they can help reduce inflammation, keep your heart healthy, and improve sleep? What’s not to love about these healthy balls?
Preparation Time: 30 - 40 mins
Cooking Time: 0 mins
Makes: Approx. 20 balls
We use all organic or biodynamic ingredients.
- 1 ½ cups almonds (raw or activated)
- 2 ½ cups shredded coconut + 1 additional 1 cup to roll balls in
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 6 dates, pitted
- 1 cup pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ tsp high quality salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
- 1 cup cacao butter
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- Place all the ball ingredients in food processor and blend, scraping down regularly until well combined.
- Wet hands and roll mix into walnut sized balls. Place in freezer while making the chocolate coating.
- Melt cacao butter, cacao, and honey/maple in pan over low heat, stirring regularly until melted but still thick. Pour into large cup or small deep bowl.
- Using a skewer in the bottom, dip each ball into the chocolate mix until coated. Place back in freezer to set.
- You can repeat this until each ball is thickly coated.
- Sprinkle balls with shredded coconut.
- Place balls on a tray, cover and put in freezer for at least 2 – 3 hours.
Remove from freezer and let sit for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy as an anytime, anywhere snack!