Bread Bliss Balls

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In Aotearoa, we waste 15,174 tonnes of bread every year, but there are plenty of ways to use up those old crusty loaves. Introducing your food waste fighting recipe to save crusts, ends, and dry bread by turning them into delicious bliss balls.

They're super easy to make ahead and store in the freezer, and are perfect for gifting and snacking!

25 Minutes

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  • 200g dry bread (crusts, ends, slices etc.)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 130g butter or coconut oil, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Coating options

  • 1 cup dark chocolate melted with 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup white chocolate, melted
  • Cocoa powder and icing sugar

Optional toppings

  • Freeze dried fruit
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Finely chopped nuts
  • Golden toasted breadcrumbs


  1. Whiz bread, cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and vanilla in a food processor to combine.
  2. Transfer mixture into a bowl and stir through chopped walnuts and cranberries.
  3. Scoop tablespoonfuls of the mixture and press and shape into small balls. If coating in melted chocolate use two forks to coat or roll around in cocoa powder and icing sugar then place on a greased tray or plate.
  4. Coat with optional topping if desired.
  5. Place in the fridge to set overnight or at least 8 hours then transfer into a container.
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