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These bliss balls are inspired by a beloved dessert from my home country Slovenia. Potica is a walnut roll that Slovenians eat on holidays like Christmas and Easter. It’s one of my favourite desserts from home together with prekmurska gibanica. When you don’t want to make a whole potica but would still like to enjoy its amazing taste, these bliss balls can be a great substitute. They pack that classic potica taste in just one bite.
Walnut Bliss Balls (Potica Inspired) (V, GF)
- 150 g walnuts
- 40 g raisins
- 70 g medjool dates pitted
- 1/5 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/5 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
- zest of 1 lemon
- 6.25 ml (1 1/4 tsp) rum
- 20 ml (4 tsp) coconut cream only the cream part from a can of coconut cream (without water)
for coating (optional):
- 15 g walnuts
- Put walnuts in a blender and crush them. Work in three 50g batches so that they don't turn into walnut butter. Transfer to the bowl.
- If you're doing coating at the end, crush those walnuts now (for me the balls taste better without the coating but it does look nice with the coating on). Set them aside in a separate bowl.
- Put raisins in a blender and crush them. Transfer them to the bowl with walnuts.
- Put pitted medjool dates in a blender and crush them. You will perhaps need to scrape one time and crush them again. Transfer them to the bowl with walnuts and raisins.
- Mix together. I do it by hand as it is the easiest way to break parts of medjool dates that are holding together.
- Add vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest, rum and coconut cream to the same bowl. If your coconut cream is very hard, you can soften it in a small pot or pan over low heat. Mix everything together well.
- Divide the batter in 10 equal parts (I measure it in grams). Shape 10 balls.
- If you are using coating, roll the balls in the crushed walnuts.
- Store in the fridge.
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