Since I have made my lemon and turmeric pancakes I have been obsessed with this incredible combination of flavours. Apart from having quite a mild flavour, turmeric is jammed packed with endless health benefits. The one which wowed me the most is that Turmeric is a very potent skin loving superfood. It has been proven to help fighting and healing acne and in the Indian culture is also use in skin lotion and moisturises. I try to incorporate turmeric into my day to day cooking as much as I can and why not using it in sweet recipes as well? It works extremely well with all warm, exotically sweet flavours, like bananas, dates and coconut but also with apples, pears and apricots which I decided to use for this recipe. If you don’t have dried apricots on hands you can certainly use dates, although I love the sweet but slightly fresher flavour of apricots mixed with the dried coconut.
These little beauties make the perfect antioxidants packed afternoon pick me, I like to make a big batch on Sunday and happily munch them throughout the week.
1 cup of cashew
3/4 of a cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of dried apricots ( preferably try to buy apricots without sulphites,they are darker in colour)
1 tablespoon of cashew butter (almond butter will work as well)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
the juice of 1 lime
the zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon of maple syrup (you can add more if you like sweeter)
3/4 of a cup of shredded coconuts for rolling the balls
Place the cashew in a food processor and blitz them for about 1-2 minutes until they start to form a flour.Do not over processed them otherwise you will end up with cashew butter!:)
Add all the remaining ingredients and blitz again for about 2-3 minutes until a sticky dough starts to form.
Remove the dough from the food processor and with your hands roll about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a ping pong size balls and coat them into the shredded coconut. Continue this process until all you finish all the dough.
Store the bliss balls in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.