Diwali is right here and I can’t contain my excitement. Meeting friends and family, wearing new closed, decorating each corner of the house and then the most important part – eating the most amazing array of food. The festive happiness spread to every nook and corner of the house. The flowers, the diyas, those little lights, all ready to adorn my house and then the laddus and cookies all making my kitchen smell sweet and fragrant.
I try to lose my self control during my favorite festival of the year and this year is going to be no different. Yes, I will gorge on the traditional desserts and some fried snacks during get togethers but then I will try to watch and eat. I know its slightly difficult but these pretty Dry Fruit Bliss Balls solves this problem. No compromise on the fun, food and flavor for sure!
These dry fruit loaded bliss balls is an amazing way to serve your desserts + dry fruits this year. Pop them into your mouth and your sweet craving is taken of. Dry fruits and Diwali brings back lots of childhood memories. I have grown up watching my parents gifting dry fruits to friends and family or offering dry fruits to guests when they came to greet. This treasure trove of dry fruits is a nice twist to the usual bowl of mixed dry fruits. Fun and an easy affair, this yummy bliss ball will solve all your end minute stressful Diwali preparation.
INGREDIENTS: (Makes 12 – 14 balls)
- 1 cup Mejdool Dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup dried figs, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp golden raisins
- 3 tbsp almonds, roughly chopped
- 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp desiccated coconut + extra for rolling
- 2 tbsp black chia seeds
- 1 tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 5 – 6 saffron strands, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp cold pressed coconut oil (optional)
- In a food processor put dates, figs, raisins, almonds, pistachios, desiccated coconut, walnuts, poppy seeds, chia seeds, cardamom powder and saffron strands and blitz it until the mixture doesn’t have big chunks of dry fruits.
- Add coconut oil and grind it again. Make sure not to over grind it else you will get dry fruit butter.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processor and transfer the mixture into a bowl.
- Take 3/4 – 1 tbsp of the mixture and make balls out of it. Roll it into desiccated coconut and keep aside.
- You can keep the bliss balls at room temperature and serve within 1 day or keep it in the fridge and serve cold.