Healthy chocolate bliss balls without dates are made using a few easy ingredients that have been combined with a natural sweetener and no oil. A perfect pick-me-up snack.
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What are Chocolate Bliss Balls?
Interchangeably called chocolate protein balls, chocolate energy balls, chocolate protein bites or chocolate energy bites.
They are normally the size of 2-3 bites, or just under the size of a golf ball.
Generally, made with all-natural energy-boosting and filling ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, natural sweeteners and cacao powder.
😋Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Enjoy that chocolate flavor without any processed sugar, using all-natural ingredients
- Comes together in minutes, stores well for a couple of weeks, perfect for big batches and meal prepping.
- Dietary friendly - vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, date free, peanut free, and corn free
- They are also processed protein powder free
- Perfect on-the-go snack for when you need a pick me up and will keep you full for long
🍫 Ingredients Notes
Notes on some of the ingredients, the full list of ingredients and their measurements can be found in the recipe card below.
Almond meal is made up of 100% raw almonds which have been ground up with their peel. This is the main ingredient, which can easily be purchased at your local health food store, or supermarket or buy almond meal online (affiliate link).
Desiccated coconut is dried coconut that has been cut into small pieces, it is not the same as shredded coconut, however, shredded coconut can be used.
Rolled oats or plain quick oats are added as one of the filler components. Oats are a fabulous all-natural ingredient that will help keep you feeling full for longer and boast a nice amount of protein.
If you are on a gluten-free diet, ensure you read the labels, as most oats are handled in facilities that process gluten products. Check for certified gluten-free oats.
Maple syrup should be 100% maple syrup, this natural sweetener helps to bind the ingredients of these bliss balls without dates and give them some moisture.
Raw cacao powder is 100% cacao without any added ingredients, there should be no added sugars. This ingredient on its own is bitter (it is unsweetened cocoa powder), but once combined with maple syrup is so chocolatey. You can find this in your health food store, or section or buy 100% raw organic cocao powder online (affiliate link).
Cocoa nibs add some crunch and are what raw cacao powder is made of. Cacoa nibs can be purchased online (affiliate link) or from your local health food shop.
Vanilla extract is used to enhance the flavoring.
🥄 How to Make Chocolate Bliss Balls
Process the ingredients. In a food processor, add the raw organic cacao powder (affiliate link) and all the ingredients, and process until it has come together. You will need to scrap the sides a couple of times to ensure all of the ingredients are processed.
Roll into balls. Spoon out some of the mixtures and use your hands to create a bite-sized ball (about 3cm / over an inch in diameter). Place bliss balls in the fridge in an airtight container. Store for a couple of weeks.
🌟 Pro Tips
You will need to scrap the sides of the food processor a couple of times to ensure that all the ingredients are blended.
Once these chocolate balls are stored in the fridge, they will harden a little and be less soft.
Make these minty, by adding a drop of mint extract. The combination of chocolate, coconut, and mint is wonderful.
Or make these into choc orange balls by adding a drop of orange extract.
Some coating ideas include desiccated/shredded coconut, various crushed nuts, sesame seeds (this adds some lovely crunch), freeze-dried raspberries, matcha powder, or plain cacao (bitter flavor).
Yes, absolutely. Use a large mixing bowl and add all the dry ingredients first, and combine until evenly mixed. Then add the wet ingredients using either your hands or a fork to mix together until everything is again evenly combined. Then roll them into bite-sized balls. It would be best to use quick oats rather than rolled oat.
For a healthy dessert using only raw ingredients, try my chocolate date balls, aka vegan truffles.
Or another healthy recipe using oats is this peanut butter flapjacks.
For the chocolate lovers, try making quick and easy rice cake with chocolate and peanut butter.
A high in protein natural snack that is easy to prepare is activated almonds.
Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls Without Dates
- In a food processor, add all the ingredients and process until it has come together. You will need to scrap the sides a couple of times to ensure all of the ingredients are processed.1½ cups Almond meal, ½ cup Desiccated coconut, ¼ cup Maple syrup, ⅛ cup Maple syrup, ¾ cup Rolled oats, ⅛ cup Cocoa nibs, ⅛ cup Cacao powder, 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Spoon out some of the mixture and use your hands to create a bite sized ball (about 3cm / over an inch in diameter). Place bliss balls in the fridge in an airtight container. Store for a couple of weeks
N.B., nutrition info is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. This will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.