Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is my last Christmas blog for the year and I’m finishing it off with a simple, yet delicious essential oil recipe you can easily whip up for any Christmas party.
It’s a Christmas edition of essential oil bliss balls called Essential Oil Christmas Fruit Bites
Simply take your favourite bliss ball recipe, but instead of rolling it into balls, press it into a novelty Christmas silicone mould to create these super cute Essential Oil Christmas Fruit Bites.
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What are Bliss Balls?
You may know bliss balls by a different name. They are also known as protein balls or energy bites and are an easy-to-make healthy snack. By adding 2-3 drops of essential oils to bliss balls the flavour combinations are endless.
Choc Peppermint is hugely popular, along with Choc Orange (yum).
Feel free to use your favourite bliss balls recipe to make your Christmas Bites, or I’ll happily share one of my favourite bliss ball recipes – the amazing flavour combination of strawberries and Bergamot Essential Oil.
Earlier in the year I shared these yummy essential oil bliss balls. They are so delicious I decided to create a Christmas edition.
Gather Your Supplies
Christmas Novelty Silicone Mould
Check the label on you essential oil bottle to ensure it says something along the lines of “suitable for flavouring use”.
Remember not all essential oil brands are suitable to use as flavouring and, of the ones that are, do not assume that every essential oil or blend in their range can be used when cooking or preparing raw foods.
A Great Bliss Balls Recipe
If you already have a great bliss ball recipe in mind, then you can skip to the next section. Otherwise, read on for the ingredients of my Strawberry and Bergamot Christmas Fruit Bites.
Bliss balls are usually made using a base of nuts (almonds, cashews or macadamias) and dried fruit (like dates or dried apricots). However, since it’s Christmas I’m using a classic Scottish butter cookie known as Shortbread which is traditionally eaten at Christmas time. If shortbread is not easily available to you, feel free to substitute it with any plain, sweet cookie or cracker.
Freeze Dried Strawberries
Freeze Dried Strawberries are berries that have been dried in a freezer to remove 99% of the water, yet leave the flavour, colour and sweetness perfectly in tact. Freeze drying leaves fruit crispy which makes freeze dried fruit perfect for using in recipes where you don’t want a smushy mess.
Desiccated Coconut is coconut that has been shredded and dried.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Sweetened Condensed Milk, or Carnation Milk, is available from the supermarket. If you prefer a non-dairy alternative, try sweetened condensed coconut milk.
Mix it up with different flavours!
Strawberry and Bergamot not your ideal flavour combination? Don’t worry, there are endless possibilities. Here are some I’ve tried:
Chocolate and Wild Orange – substitute 1/3cup cocoa powder for the freeze dried strawberries, and Wild Orange essential oil for the Bergamot essential oil.
Apple and Cinnamon – substitute freeze dried apple for the freeze dried strawberries, and Cinnamon essential oil for the Bergamot essential oil.
Printable Recipe for Essential Oil Christmas Fruit Bites
Essential Oil Christmas Fruit Bites
- Food Processor
- 200 g Shortbread 7oz
- 20 g Freeze Dried Strawberries 0.7oz
- 1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- Add all dry ingredients into a food processor and process on medium until combined. Add essential oils and condensed milk and process on medium to combine, then on high until the mixture rolls itself into a ball of dough.
- With clean hands (or wearing gloves) press into festive silicone moulds. Freeze until solid.
- Remove from freezer and de-mould immediately. Then keep refrigerated until ready to serve.