Cranberry and Pistachio Bliss Balls

 cranberry and pistachio bliss balls

Cranberry and Pistachio Bliss Balls

  • 1 and 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup macadamias
  • 2 tablespoons honey*
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup natural pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • extra desiccated coconut to roll in (optional)
  1. Place the coconut, macadamias, honey, cashew butter and vanilla into your food processor and pulse until the mixture is smooth, broken down and sticking together. Add the pistachios and cranberries and blend until the nuts are roughly chopped and the mixture is well combined.
  2. Use your hands to firmly press and shape the mixture into balls. Roll the balls lightly in coconut and place in the fridge to set.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

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  • Wendywoo

    Dear Bianca,
    I am worried about saying the wrong thing, as one of my previous comments was deemed “presumptuous” by another follower, but have you considered having bereavement counselling? I don’t mean six target led/ cognitive behaviour therapy sessions after a referral from a GP, which is how it works in Britain, but finding a therapist with much experience in the field of child bereavement, who can just give you the time and space you need to explore your loss and hopes for the future? Really effective counselling is “person centred”, letting you set the tone/ explore whatever issues come up at any given time, but it does take time, time which I think is invaluable to the healing process. Obviously, you are free to ignore this comment, it is just my way of telling you that I’m thinking of you and would never wish to offend you, only help in the very limited way I can.
    Take care, my dear, you are in my thoughts ( as well as my inbox!) every day.
    With love from Wendy Ely (aka Wendywoo/ Wendy Woo, depending on how my fingers feel when they hit the keyboard! )

    • Hi Wendy, you never need to say sorry, I know your messages are always sent with love and good intentions. I always appreciate your words.
      I feel that I am going really well, perhaps sharing here is my therapy?
      I hope you are going well also and that you have a wonderful Christmas. Bianca. x

  • Jess

    These look perfect for Xmas day, thank you!

  • emmy

    Bianca, you write so very beautifully. I just love reading your ‘posts’ for your recipes. They are always so heartfelt, thoughtful, interesting, and sometimes so sad. I truly hope you can complete your family so that you feel at peace and ‘ finished’. You sound like a woman born to be a mother. I agree there is definitely so rarely a ‘ right’ time to have a baby. I know you would know that once you have the new addition everything it took to get there is so very worth it, but I know the journey can be long, hard, worrying and sometimes harrowing. All the best for a beautiful Christmas with your family, and a new year filled with all your heart desires. Thank you for the gorgeous recipes xx

    • Thank you so much Emmy. Your words are perfect. It is lovely to hear that you are enjoying the simple things I share and that you find the time to read my stories. I am excited about the New Year, whatever it may bring. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas. Bianca. x

  • Gillian G

    Be very grateful for the children you have. Some of us don’t even get to experience one. Don’t obsess on more, more is not better, not having more does not equal less or loss, you have a family, bless that every day, embrace it, be grateful.

    • Absolutely Gillian, I couldn’t agree more and I am incredibly grateful, everyday, for the family I have. I do at times feel quite selfish wanting more but I can’t seem to shake the feeling either. I have meet many women who will never have children, some by choice and others because they cannot. The later are women who are often in my thoughts and I hope my words have not upset anybody. Thank you for writing, it is nice to be reminded to sit back and be thankfully for all that we have.

  • Suzie

    Hi Bianca,

    These look great, and it’s funny, I made macadamia and honey balls yesterday and rolled a few in coconut but when I tasted one, something was missing, so I left the rest of the mixture in a bowl in the fridge. Just saw this post and realised it must’ve been the pistachio and cranberries! Thanks for all of your beautiful recipes x

  • Mel

    Would dried sour cherries work or I have dried white mulberries?

  • Serina

    There will never be the right time. Just go for it ☺

  • MouseyK

    Is that 1/3 cup of frozen or dried cranberries?

  • Sue

    Hi Bianca, I made these today but they aren’t sticking together. What have I done wrong? Sue

    • Em

      Sue, I had the same issue, so I added 2 tbsp of coconut oil. 🙂

    • Hi Sue, I think they just need more blending time. Some processors may not be powerful enough to blend the coconut and nuts to a paste. You can add a little coconut cream to see if that helps, or some medjool dates. Thanks, Bianca

  • Alma

    Hi! seems like great for Christmas party… however, I cannot find macadamia nuts anywhere in my city… what could be replacement for it? maybe brasilian nuts?
    Thank you!

    • You could use cashews but may need to add a little coconut milk also.

  • Lisa

    Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt. I made these yesterday. I wish I hadn’t offered to my family, because they are all gone!!! Going to the shops for a restock of nuts tonight. These mys be my latest obsession…

  • Janine

    Hi there, I made these today, and am struggling with the mixture not being sticky enough to form the balls. What can I do???

    • Hi Janine, I would suggest adding a tablespoon of coconut cream and blending a little longer. I am sorry I have been delayed in getting back to you. You can also press the mixture into a lined loaf tin instead of rolling it into balls if that helps at all. x

  • Michelle Rixon

    Hi Bianca. I discovered your site yesterday and have been baking up a storm today! So many lovely recipes. I made a batch of these today and found that the food processor just couldn’t get the mixture fine enough to stick. I ended up using the coffee grinder which worked a treat. I can’t wait to taste them. They will be a perfect road trip snack for tomorrow.

    • Perfect!! Thank YOU! I hope they are enjoyed and that you find many recipes that you enjoy. Bianca. x

  • Toula Tsesmelis Milorad Ricov

    Hi Bianca, have made these several times now and each time they just vanish. So my plan next time is to hide them!! Slowly working thru all your recipes, they are just beautiful creations and i just love them! Thank you!

    • Thank YOU!!! I love hearing how you are going with them. If you like these be sure to try the chocolate, cranberry and pistachios ones – I LOVE them!!! Have a great weekend and thank you again for your support. Bianca. x

  • Belinda

    I’ve made three batches of these amazing little treats in the last 24hrs! They just dont last in this house. Thanks Bianca for your quick & delicious recipes x

    • Thank YOU Belinda!!! I am glad you enjoyed them. I really appreciate the feedback. xxx

  • Angel Blue

    Biana, I read, and reread this blog post. I know I felt what you felt this long year ago. I hope your heart has healed. And life is happy for you these days. Each pregnancy for even each woman will be different. No two pregnancies are ever the same –even for the same woman. And that can be good or difficult. Support obviously makes a huge difference tho. Love is one of those elusive gifts tho. We think it will take one shape, and it can surprise us with taking another.
    I hope with everything inside me, you have so much love .. any shape.. that your cup overflows. ■
    as to the recipe –I’ve yet to make it but I look forward to it and read all the comments so I hope I glean the wisdom. ■ much love

  • Ashlee

    Can these be frozen if I make them ahead of time?

  • Sarah Lyst

    These are heaven! I find myself craving them constantly and will definitely be making them again.

    • Love it! Thank YOU! I am glad you enjoyed them x

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  • Maayan Halaf

    Thank u for sharing this gorgeous recepie! Just love the look and the taste!!! For how long will it last in the fridge? Can I store it out of the fridge as well?

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