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Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

Preparation Time:
20 minutes
Cooking Time:
20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 150g cashew nuts
  • 100g pecan nuts
  • 50g buckwheat
  • 2 tablespoons linseeds
  • 20 fresh dates pitted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted
  • For The Crumb
  • 70g buckwheat
  • 2 tablespoons linseeds
  • 15g puffed amaranth
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


    1. Preheat the oven to 180C. To make the buckwheat crumb, place the 
    buckwheat, linseeds, amaranth and maple syrup on a baking tray lined 
    with non stick baking paper and toss to combine. Cook for 10-15 mins or 
    until golden. Set aside to cool. Break up into crumbs and set aside.

    2. Place the peanut butter, cashews, pecans, buckwheat, linseeds, dates 
    and vanilla in a food processor and process for a couple of minutes or 
    until the mixture comes together.

    3. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into approximatley 12 balls. Working one at a time, dip a ball into the chocolate and dip half into the melted chocolate and 
    half into the buckwheat crumb. Place on a tray lined with backing paper 
    and refrigerate until set.

    The High Energy, Health-Packed Snack Idea

    These nutty balls of chocolatey peanut butter goodness are a sugar-free, healthy snack idea, that will keep your energy levels high.  Packed full of buckwheat, linseed and a variety of nuts - before being drizzled in dark chocolate - they are both wholesome and delicious.

    A bit like a posh marathon (that's a snickers bar for you young ones!), the combination of nuts, dates and chocolate is a winning one!  

    The dates and maple syrup give it a glorious, natural sweetness and the dark chocolate drizzle finishes it off beautifully. YUM! 

    Why Is Peanut Butter Good For You?

    There's no denying that like most nut butters, peanut butter is high in fat and calories.  We're talking 190 calories and 16 grams of fat in the 2 tablespoons you use in this recipe. Do remember you're rolling that into 12 balls though! 

    However, you get a powerhouse of nutritional value in those calories as nuts - and their butters - are a fantastic source of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

    Scientific evidence has proven that by eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Take these tasty Bliss Balls on a local health walk and you'll be ticking all the boxes!

    Small City Foodie Fact: Peanuts are actually legumes - not nuts - but because they look like a nut, taste like a nut and, nutritionally, act like a nut, we call them a nut! 

    Buying Peanut Butter in Perthshire

    You can pick up peanut butter in any supermarket and if you're making these all the time (and why wouldn't you!) then a big jar of own brand does the job fine.  If you're after something a little more natural, then do check out some of our favourite Perthshire indies. 

    You'll also be able to pick up the other ingredients such as dates, chocolate and buckwheat while you're there!:

    Be Informed - Maple Syrup: Whilst maple syrup is a natural product containing good levels of minerals and antioxidants such as calcuim, potassium, iron and zinc, it is also around 2/3 sucrose - that's table sugar to you and me!  If you are watching your sugar intake or your GI then be aware that maple syrup will raise your blood sugar, all be it, at a slower rate than regular sugar.