You know Christmas is close in Australia when boxes of cherries start popping up in the supermarket. The cherries always start out super expensive so you buy just a small bag just so you can get a taste of them again. But before you know it the prices drop and you suddenly have an abundance of cherries. Now I can easily sit down and eat them by the handful, but this season I wanted to experiment with a few recipes so we could enjoy the cherries in other ways.
So I have punnet’s of them in the fridge and I need to use them up before they spoil. I have been inspired to make a strawberry based bliss ball, so I made the switch. I love the vibrant colour that the cherries give to the bliss balls, such a nice change from the typical chocolate coloured bliss balls. Using cashews instead of almonds also adds a bit of change to this recipe. Whilst almonds provide plenty of vitamin E and calcium, cashews gives us a boost of zinc and vitamin K. For this reason, eating a variety of foods is the best way to ensure that you a getting a wide array of nutrients in your diet.
If you are making these when cherries are not in season, you could easily replace them with strawberries or another fresh berry. These ones will need to eaten faster than bliss balls made from dried fruits as the fresh fruit used will spoil quicker. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep for around 3 days. But really, I am sure they will be gobbled up long before then.
Enjoy your cranberry cashew bliss balls.
- • 50 grams cashew nuts
- • 50 grams cherries seeds removed
- • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
- • 2 teaspoons coconut butter
- • 1/2 teapsoon natural vanilla extract
- • desiccated coconut for rolling
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the desiccated coconut into the food processor.
- Pulse until the mixture forms a thick dough. You can leave it a little chunky or continue to wipe the sides with a spatula and process until the mixture is smooth.
- Use your hands to form small balls and then roll the balls in desiccated coconut.
- Place the bliss balls in the fridge to set.