These chocolate nut free bliss balls are a healthy snack, perfect for the work, kindy or school lunchbox. These protein balls are nut free, egg free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan.
These healthy bliss balls have a beautiful chewy texture and are high in protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, making them the perfect snack. If you're looking for some delicious treats that are still healthy then look no further!
These no bake energy bites (or power balls, no bake energy balls or whatever you prefer to call them) are a great snack, perfect for anyone with nut allergies. But even if you don't have a nut allergy, these bliss balls are still a wholesome and seriously scrumptious snack. If you don't have a nut allergy then you might also like to try my Peanut Butter Chocolate Bliss Balls. Or try these Bliss Balls (suitable for a baby or toddler).
Made using whole food ingredients, they pack a nutritional punch. They are the perfect bite to stop sweet cravings as they are sweet and chocolatey without being full of refined sugar.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
These raw energy balls are a fun snack that my family absolutely loves! They are the perfect bite-sized snack with natural sugars from the dates and zero processed ingredients. I love these as an afternoon snack or whenever I'm craving a sweet treat. You will love these bliss balls because they are:
- A delicious snack that are a lunchbox hit (perfect for school lunches when no nuts are allowed)!
- Made using wholesome, simple ingredients.
- Made without using coconut oil.
- They have a natural sweetness without using added sugars.
- An easy snack that provides sustained blood sugar levels.
To make this popular snack you will need:
- Medjool dates (also known as fresh dates)
- sunflower seeds
- hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
- sesame seeds
- cacao powder
- desiccated coconut for rolling (I use unsweetened coconut that is preservative free)
See the recipe card for ingredient quantities.
Making this great lunchbox snack is so simple! Follow the steps below to see how to make this simple recipe.
STEP 1: Add ingredients to food processor. Remove the pits from the medjool dates and add them to the food processor or high speed blender along with the sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, cacao powder and tahini.
STEP 2: Blend. Blend on high until the mixture starts to come together. While blending, gradually add the water. Once the bliss ball mixture starts to come together in a big clump it is done.
STEP 3: Roll. Pour the desiccated coconut into a small bowl and set aside. Take around one tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the coconut and then place onto a plate. Repeat this step until all of the bliss balls have been rolled. Enjoy!
Bliss balls are relatively soft at room temperature so it's important when storing them not to squash too many into a container. I recommend to pop the plate of bliss balls into the fridge for the them to harden slightly before transferring to an airtight container to store. Alternatively place them straight into an airtight container but only create two layers of bliss balls to prevent misshaping.
These chocolate bliss balls can also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.
- Sunflower seeds - swap for almonds or cashews if no nut allergies.
- Tahini - almond butter can be used in place of tahini if no nut allergies.
- Hemp seeds - swap for chia seeds or pumpkin seeds.
- Cacao - cocoa powder can be used in place of cacao powder.
- Desiccated coconut - swap for shredded coconut or roll bliss balls in sesame seeds or hemp seeds.
The kind of dates matters when making these vegan bliss balls. Using medjool dates (fresh dates) is important as they are higher in moisture and are much more sticky than dried dates, helping the mixture to bind together. I haven't tested this recipe with regular dried dates but if you wish to do so I would consider soaking them until softened.
Medjool dates are usually very easy to source and can often be found in the fresh produce aisle at the grocery store.
- Blender or food processor
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Airtight container
- 10 medjool dates pits removed
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- 1 ½ tablespoon water
- desiccated coconut for rolling
- Add pitted medjool dates, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, cacao powder and tahini to the drum of a food processor or blender. Blend on high until mixture starts to come together.10 medjool dates, 1 cup sunflower seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, ¼ cup sesame seeds, ¼ cup cacao powder, 2 tablespoon tahini
- Gradually add water while blending. Once the mixture comes together in a big clump while blending it is ready.1 ½ tablespoon water
- Take spoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls and then place onto a plate.
- Pour either hemp seeds, sesame seeds or desiccated coconut into a small bowl and coat each ball.desiccated coconut
StorageStore in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
SubstitutionsSee the blog post for possible ingredient swaps.
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