These peanut butter chocolate bliss balls are little bites of delicious. Made using whole food ingredients, these energy bites are free of added sugar but filled with healthy fats, fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein. If you're a fan of peanut butter then you will LOVE this recipe.
*Even though my original recipe used natural peanut butter, I have shot this recipe using almond butter as my little one has a peanut allergy and we are a peanut free house now (sad I know). The bliss balls pictured may look very slightly different to yours when made with peanut butter.
Chocolate peanut butter bliss balls are such a great snack that ticks all of the boxes. Nutritious, bite sized and delicious! Enjoy for morning tea or afternoon tea to help promote stable blood sugars.
Apart from being healthy, they also have the PERFECT texture! They are smooth with a slight crunch from the sesame seeds and are just *chefs kiss! If you're after a nut free bliss ball recipe then you might like to try my Nut Free Chocolate Bliss Balls (which are a great school lunch box filler) or try my Bliss Balls (suitable for babies and toddlers).
What You'll Love About This Recipe
This easy recipe using simple ingredients is great for so many reasons. Here's why:
- peanut butter protein balls are a healthy treat
- they are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth
- this is a great recipe to add to your meal prep rotation
- this nutritious snack is filled with healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates while being refined sugar free
This peanut butter energy balls recipe is based on whole food, nutritious ingredients. You will need:
- natural peanut butter - natural peanut butter is just peanut butter and salt, no added sugars or oils. In my opinion it tastes far better than the overly processed peanut butters available.
- desiccated coconut
- medjool dates (fresh dates)
- extra virgin coconut oil
- sesame seeds
- vegan dark chocolate
See the recipe card for quantities.
- measuring cups and spoons
- food processor or high powered blender
- airtight container
This is a super simple bliss ball recipe, just blend, roll and enjoy! See below for the easiest way of making these delicious bites.
STEP 1: Pit dates. Remove the pits from the Medjool dates and add to a food processor or high powered blender. Add the desiccated coconut, natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), coconut oil and sesame seeds.
STEP 2: Blend. Blend on high until the mixture is well combined. At this point the mixture will look almost like bread crumbs, however when squeezed together it will resemble cookie dough.
STEP 3: Add chocolate. Break the dark chocolate into chunks and add to the food processor. Pulse until the chocolate chunks are broken up into smaller chunks and mixed through the bliss ball mixture.
STEP 4: Roll. Take spoonfuls of bliss balls mixture and roll/squeeze into balls. The bliss balls should be around the size of a golf ball. Using a cookie scoop will give a uniform size. Place into a large airtight container and store in the refrigerator. If you don't have a large airtight container, place onto a large plate and refrigerate. Once the bliss balls are more solid, transfer to freezer bags, glass jars or smaller containers to store.
This bliss balls recipe lasts for quite a long time in the refrigerator in an airtight container (though they are so delicious that they will be gone quickly!). Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
This nutrient-dense snack is suitable to many different diets. This recipe is:
- gluten free
- dairy free
- vegan & plant based
- refined sugar free
Below are some substitutions that can be made to these peanut butter balls.
- peanut butter - swap for almond butter, cashew butter or another nut butter.
- vegan dark chocolate - use dark chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips or your chocolate of choice. You could also use cacao nibs in place of chocolate.
- sesame seeds - swap for hemp seeds, chia seeds or linseeds
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Food Processor or high-speed blender
- Airtight container
- cookie scoop or dessert spoon
- 1 cup peanut butter natural
- 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
- 12 medjool dates pitted
- 100 grams quality dark chocolate
- Place peanut butter, desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, coconut oil and medjool dates and blend until well combined.1 cup peanut butter, 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut, ½ cup sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, 12 medjool dates
- Roughly break up the chocolate and add to the food processor.100 grams quality dark chocolate
- Pulse the mixture until the chocolate is just combined.
- Roll into balls and place in an airtight container or jar and store in the fridge.