Jaffa bliss balls

DSC_0485I have been having some serious chocolate moments lately. It seems I can’t go a day without something sweet passing my lips. It started a couple of weeks ago when someone at work left a cake in the kitchen with an invitation to “help yourself” and all the good snacking habits I had cultivated seemed to go out the window.

I have given myself a stern talking to about the difference between a craving, and actually hunger. A small, polite sweet treat in the afternoon is fine if I am starting to feel hungry, a slice or two of cake because I am bored is not. To that end, I decided to make a healthy snack that I can have at work next week for afternoon tea that’s a lot healthier than what’s currently on my menu!

Chocolate, orange and cardamom bliss balls

Orange and cardamom are a classic flavour combination. Orange and chocolate are also a classic flavour combination. I decided to combine all three and ended up with these amazing little bliss balls. They are delicious, really rich and chocolatey with a hint of the orange and spice.

Ingredients Makes 20 mini balls

  • 1 cup dates, soaked
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of half a squeeze orange
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


1. Soak the dates for half an hour to soften them. If they are really hard, use hot water to help soften them.

2. Start by putting the dates in a food processor with the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla essence and cardamom powder and mix until it forms a paste. Now add the walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are in small chunks. The mixture should be thick and sticky at this point. Remove the mixture from the food processor and stir in the cocoa powder.

3. Form the mix into small balls and freeze.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Dario says:

    Thank you for another informative web site. Where else could I am getting
    that type of information written in such an ideal manner?
    I’ve a undertaking that I am just now running on, and I have
    been at the glance out for such information.

    1. Hi Dario, thanks for your comment. You can sign up to receive notifications on new posts if you like – just hit the ‘Follow’ button at the top right hand side of the page. Sanchia

  2. nicky says:

    Hey Sanch congrats on the fantastic info on here! I’ve just burnt a lazy half hour perusing your articles and love it! With the choc orange cardamom balls, would you use the same quantity if using medjool dates? Also, I’ve got cardamom pods so would grinding the seeds work just as well?

    1. Hey Nicky! Aw thanks 🙂 x. Use the same amount of Medjool dates, they are softer so you probably won’t need to soak them as long, if at all. And the cardamom pods will taste great – the pods are fresher than the pre-ground spice bottles so go ahead. Yours are going to be amazing!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.