There is always a rogue hot cross bun that gets left behind, or goes a little stale in the cupboard. Don’t throw it out, use it as the base for these super healthy, nutritious and delicious hot cross bun bliss balls. They make a great snack for lunch boxes, afternoon tea or for whenever you’re feeling peckish.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and place a baking tray inside.
Tear the hot cross bun into small pieces and place on the preheated tray.
Bake for 5-7 minutes until the pieces are crispy and toasted.
Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Blitz the almonds in the food processor for 1-2 minutes until you have small granules.
Add the dates, mixed spice, raisins, cranberries and toasted hot cross bun pieces and blitz again for 1-2 minutes until everything is chopped evenly and well mixed.
Tip the mixture into a large bowl, then take a small handful, squeeze it together and form into a small walnut-sized ball. (The more tightly you squeeze the mixture the easier it will be to shape and stick together.)
Roll the ball between the palms of your hands until it is round and even. Repeat with all the remaining mixture. You should easily get 12 bliss balls.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge and snack at your leisure.