Attention! We’re in peak strawberry season right now (according to the internet), and since the age of about 12, I’ve dreamed of picking strawberries. I’m now 24 and I have yet to go strawberry picking…. however my strawberry obsession lives on. I’ve shared a bunch of strawberry shortcake inspired recipes as of late, like this Overnight Strawberry Shortcake Jar and these summer appropriate Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles, but my absolute favourite quick and healthy treats are these Strawberry Cashew Bliss Balls.

I make these Strawberry Cashew Bliss Balls almost every time I travel because they’re easy to pack for plane rides, road trips, you name it. They also take only 2 steps and about 10 minutes to make, or even less if you’re fast at rolling them into balls. Normally, I find that a bliss ball recipes include coconut oil, which I find unnecessary given the healthy fats like nuts, for example, that go into bliss balls. Thus, this recipe will be oil-free as well!

The star ingredient in these Strawberry Cashew Bliss Balls is the freeze dried strawberry. There’s something about freeze drying the strawberries that gives you such an intense strawberry flavour that almost tastes like candy. It’s great to add because it really brings that dessert-y flavour to life, even though it’s really just strawberries.

I have found that depending on the weather, the texture of my bliss balls change. When I make them in the winter, and the dates I use are harder and more solid in the cold temperature, they’re firmer. However, as the weather has been warming up and my dates have as well, I find the texture to be a little more soft. You can easily fix texture issues by adding a few oats to the mixture if you’d like, or adding a drier nut like almonds. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so easy to adjust as you’d like.

If you want to get a little fancy and fun, you can shape them into strawberries like I did. I recommend using micro mint, basil or thyme leaves to add the little green top for garnish. As a bonus, all three herbs actually pair really wonderfully with strawberries. I know, it sounds weird but I promise, herbs and strawberries are a gorgeous fit together. The rest is in the recipe, and I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do!

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Strawberry Cashew Bliss Balls (vegan + gluten free)

  • Author: Remy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-15 servings 1x
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: processing

Description

A fun strawberry shaped cashew bliss ball made with whole food plant based ingredients. No gluten, no oil, no refined sugars and 100% vegan. This is a perfect healthy snack, sweet treat or travel-friendly bite and can also be meal-prepped in advance.


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Ingredients

  • 1012 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 1/23/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries (add more or less for flavour intensity of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cashew butter or nut butter of choice

optional

  • micro mint, basil or thyme leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients, except for garnish into a food processor and pulse until a dough begins to form and mixture pulls away from the sides of the unit. If the mixture feels dry, add additional nut butter, and if the mixture feels too wet, add additional oats.
  • Form the dough into tablespoon sized balls, or form into strawberry shapes and garnish.

Keywords: bliss balls, energy balls, strawberry shortcake, strawberry, cashew, oil free, vegan, gluten free, healthy snack, healthy dessert

Love & berries,

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Filed under: Eat, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Snacks, Sweet Treats

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BY Remy • May 16, 2019

Strawberry Cashew Bliss Balls (vegan + gluten free)

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