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Vegan Walnut Bliss Balls Potica Inspired 1
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Walnut Bliss Balls (Potica Inspired) (V, GF)

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. 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.

It’s quite easy to make this treat. Just simply crush walnuts, raisins and medjool dates in a blender, then mix together with vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest. Add some rum and coconut cream and shape little bliss balls from the dough that you get. For the finish you can roll bliss balls into crushed walnuts but honestly they better taste without it (although perhaps they look better when rolled in crushed walnuts).

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Vegan Walnut Bliss Balls Potica Inspired 1

Walnut Bliss Balls (Potica Inspired) (V, GF)

Vegan walnut bliss balls that are inspired by the beloved Slovenian dessert potica. In just one bite you get that classic potica taste. Made with walnuts and raisins, sweetened with medjool dates and oozing an aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, lemon and rum.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 10
Calories 137 kcal


  • 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 just cream from a can of coconut cream without the 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. If they become too sticky to work with, sprinkle some ground walnuts in a blender. 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 and lemon zest to the bowl and mix dry ingredients together.
  • Add also 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 until you get a consistency of a dough.
  • 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.


*Put a can of coconut cream in the refrigerator a day before starting if it’s not already there.
*Nutrition facts calculated without optional coating.


Serving: 1bliss ballCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8g
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