This chocolate bliss balls recipe is easy to make – no bake – recipe that’s made with mixed nuts, cocoa powder and dried dates. These are great for an instant energy boost. I often make them to take for my country walks.
Why make this recipe?
- Easy to make & no-bake recipe
- Great ‘base recipe’ – make it with different ingredients every time!
- Perfect snack for the afternoon energy drop or take as a snack for a long walks
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What exactly is chocolate bliss ball ?
Chocolate bliss balls are no bake energy balls that are usually made with dried fruit, nuts and a bit of butter, oil or fat for extra energy.
Whilst they don’t usually contain processed sugar, there are quite high in natural sugar from the dates or other dried fruits.
What makes this recipe work
- The tiny pinch of salt really does make a difference
- Adding ground aniseed intensifies the cocoa powder flavour (but cinnamon or mixed spice is fine too.)
Time saving tip
If you want to make extra snacks for few weeks ahead, you are welcome to double up the recipe and make more chocolate bliss balls.
These bliss balls actually freeze really well, so you can freeze them in batches of 3-4 pieces and just take out what you need.
Remember each bliss ball is about 85 calories, so you don’t want to chomp through too many at the same time.
Any specialist equipment needed?
It’s difficult to do this recipe without a stick blender, food mixer or processor.
You could use already ground nuts and try to mash the dates with a fork, but that would be quite hard and it won’t give you as smooth finish as food processor.
Allergies & dietary requirements
- Dairy- Free
- Vegan & Vegetarian
Ingredients & Possible Substitutions
mixed nuts – use any type of nuts you like, such as almonds, pecans and walnuts
chia seeds – these help to hold the bliss balls together as they absorbe the moisture from the mixture
dates – you can also use other dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, goji berries or figs
coconut oil – you can also use a cocoa butter, regular dairy butter or other plant based butters or oils
sweet spice – ground aniseed works great with this recipe, but cinnamon or mixed spice is great too.
How to make chocolate bliss balls
Warm up the coconut oil in a small bowl to make it runny.
Measure out all the nuts and put them in a food processor. Blend everything until smooth.
Add the pitted dates (or other fruit), cocoa powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, pinch of salt and aniseed (or cinnamon) and blend until well combined.
Check that you have the right consistency and adjust the taste by adding more or less flavouring.
Roll the chocolate mixture into about 10-14 small sized balls. If you wish you can roll the chocolate balls in ground walnuts, shredded coconut or something similar.
Store in a fridge in an air tight container and eat within 5-7 days.
How else you can make this recipe?
You can change the flavour of the chocolate bliss balls by changing the type of dried fruit you use and also by the type of spice you choose.
Additional flavouring can include vanilla or orange essence.
This recipe will give you about 10-14 bliss balls.
They should be a bite size (or two small bite size), as they are quite high calories and should be eaten only as an energy boost.
Can I scale up this recipe?
Yes, this recipe is easy to make with double or even triple the quantity.
How long will my chocolate bliss balls last?
Store them in an airtight container somewhere cold (in the fridge for example) and they should be fine for 7-10 days.
There is nothing really that can go off in them as such, but they will go dry and crumbly eventually, so you want to eat them within a week if possible.
Can this recipe be made in advance?
Yes, making these 2-3 days before you need them is perfectly fine.
How to store your energy bliss balls
It’s best to store the bliss balls in an airtight container in cold place.
Can I freeze
Yes, you can freeze chocolate bliss balls and keep them for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Defrost slowly in the fridge or speed up the process placing them on a kitchen counter overnight (still covered with something)
Chocolate Bliss Balls
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts almonds, pecans and walnuts
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dates or other dried fruits
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- tiny pinch of fine salt
- 1/2 teaspoon anaseed (ground) or cinnamon or mixed spice
- 1 tablespoon ground almonds or walnuts optional
- Warm up the coconut oil in a small bowl to make it runny.
- Measure out all the nuts and put them in a food processor. Blend everything until smooth.
- Add the pitted dates (or other fruit), cocoa powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, pinch of salt and aniseed (or cinnamon) and blend until well combined.
- Check that you have the right consistency and adjust the taste by adding more or less flavouring.
- Roll the chocolate mixture into about 10-14 small sized balls. If you wish you can roll the chocolate balls in ground walnuts, shredded coconut or something similar.
- Store in a fridge in an air tight container and eat within 5-7 days.