I recently purchased Niomi Smart’s new cookbook, Eat Smart. I absolutely love it! The cookbook is full of unique, plant-based recipes. Although I do not completely follow a plant-based diet, I eat very little meat, so I find these recipes useful. They are delicious and it’s a challenge and great fun to experiment with these interesting and different foods.
Unfortunately, I do have sweet tooth and whilst raiding the fridge for a sweet treat one day, I refrained myself from stuffing my face with chocolate when I remembered the mouth – watering Lemon Bliss Balls I had seen in Eat Smart. I have a massive sweet tooth. Can you tell? I decided to channel my inner Niomi Smart, and put away the chocolates for the “smarter” choice. Needless to say, I was blown away by the result! I was so impressed that I decided to share my (slightly altered) version of the recipe. Lemon Bliss Balls for everyone!
What you will need: (Makes 10)
- 100g of raw, unsalted nuts – I chose macadamia
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 90g (1 cup) of desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- 2 vanilla pods
- 2-3 tbsp of maple syrup (I went for 3)
- 3 tbsp of lemon juice
Step 1: Blend nuts
The original recipe is made with raw Brazil Nuts. As I could not easily find these, I opted for Macadamia nuts instead. A food processor or a trusty Nutri Bullet will do the trick! I found that it is better to blend the nuts before adding the other ingredients in order to make the mixing easier later on.
Step 2: Add coconut
Make sure to set aside 2-3 table spoons of coconut to roll the balls in later. Add the remainder into the blended nuts.
Step 3: Add lemon juice
I always prefer to squeeze fresh lemon juice. Just make sure to get all the pips out!
Step 4: Add Maple Syrup
This is probably my favourite part. I LOVE maple syrup. I found that the recipe needed 3 table spoons as opposed to the recommended 2. Oops.
Step 5: Add the vanilla
Niomi suggests adding vanilla powder or vanilla extract. However, a cheaper option is just to cut open some vanilla pods and add a bit of vanilla essence. To open the pods, cut a straight line through the centre and then scrape off the little seeds inside with the blunt side of a knife.
Step 6: Blend it all up!
Shake the mixture around if it sticks to the sides.
Step 7: Add coconut oil
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and make sure to combine well with the coconut oil until you get a dough-like texture. Add a bit of coconut flour if it is too sticky.
Step 8: Roll into little balls
I decided to vary the size of the balls for little taster sizes as well as for afternoon snacks.
Step 9: Roll balls in desiccated coconut
Last but not least; roll the balls in the remainder of the desiccated coconut. Add a bit of lemon zest if you want some extra zing.
The final result!
Let me know if you give it a go. I can’t wait to try out more recipes from Eat Smart!