In the spirit of being utterly honest, I wasn’t really a fan of either the Almond or the Hazelnut Nut Butter Balls from Deliciously Ella. The texture just wasn’t quite right.
Of course, I’m willing to give any product another try when it involves apple and cinnamon… So here we are, with the brand new Apple, Cinnamon and Almond Nut Butter Balls.
Sweet & fruity, we blend dates, apples, almonds and cinnamon into delicious balls, before filling them with a creamy almond butter and cinnamon centre. Our go-to afternoon pick-me-up, made in small batches with just six simple ingredients. | Deliciously Ella
Ingredients are… Dates, Roasted Almond Butter (22%), Dried Apple (12%), Almonds (8%), Gluten Free Oats, Cinnamon.
They’re gluten free and vegan friendly.
Straight out of the packet, these smell like cinnamon. Oooooohhh.
Then the texture? Not hard like I’ve experienced before. They’re still firm, they’re still solidly shaped, but they’re not actually too hard (unlike the Almond and Hazelnut ones I’ve tried previously). I’d actually go as far as saying the texture seemed right here. At least, I was happy with it.
So that leaves me wondering, is the texture issue related to storage temperature? At the time of trying these balls, the average temperature was probably a few degrees higher than when I tried the original Nut Butter Balls. Or is the texture issue related to composition? I suppose I’ll have to try another packet of an original flavour to figure that out!
I think these Nut Butter Balls have a really nice dried apple flavour. Though it’s an obvious, tangy apple, the thing as a whole lingers on the sweet side of things. That’s quite common with date based products and I don’t mind it, but at the same time I wouldn’t want any more than two of these balls in one sitting. Which is quite helpful, when they’re portioned into packets of two.
As for the cinnamon? There’s enough warming spice in here to make me think of autumnal desserts. It doesn’t smack you in the face, but there’s enough of it not to be missed.
After all of that, the almond butter at the centre is thick, rich and creamy. Thumbs up!
As you can probably tell, I really like these. I’ve seen them for sale in London at the Whole Foods Markets (£1.99), but I got mine via Ocado for £1.79 a packet. I’ll definitely be adding a handful to my next online shop.