Bliss Balls

These healthy bliss balls are filled with nourishing ingredients like oats, dates, and fruit. Customize with any nut or seed butter and dried berries of your choice. The perfect make ahead snack!

Bite taken out of date ball

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These healthy bliss balls are filled with nourishing ingredients like oats, dates, and fruit. Customize with any nut or seed butter and dried berries of your choice. The perfect make ahead snack!

What are bliss balls?

Bliss balls go by several different names like energy bites, protein balls, or power balls. They are essentially a mix of various whole food ingredients blended together and rolled into snack-sized bites. 

Bliss balls are unique in the sense that they typically call for dates as one of the main ingredients. Dates provide a natural sweetness and they help everything stick together. 

Are bliss balls healthy?

Yes, these berry balls are a healthy snack! As a dietitian, I love how they include a balance of protein and fiber. These bites are naturally vegan and gluten-free too. Here’s some ingredient highlights:

  • Rolled oats – A great source of heart-healthy fiber.
  • Dates – Provides natural sweetness with no added sugars.
  • Freeze dried berries – These berries are picked and freeze dried at peak ripeness, making them a nutritious source of nutrients like vitamin C and fiber.
  • Nuts and seed butter – Rich in plant-based protein to keep you fuller longer.

How do you make bliss balls?

Skip the store-bought bars, and make these berry bliss balls in a matter of minutes. 

  1. First, add all ingredients to a food processor. A high powered blender should work too. 
  1. Then, blend until smooth. This should take about 2 minutes. If you’re finding it’s crumbly and not sticking together, add a tablespoon more of water. 
  2. Finally, roll into balls. You’ll end up with 12 bites that measure about 1-inch in size. You can also make 12 smaller ½-inch bites.

Can you make these berry bliss balls ahead of time?

Absolutely! Bliss balls are ideal to make ahead of time. You can store these bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to three months.

That makes them perfect to pack for picnics, have ready the night before a party, or meal prep as a snack throughout the week. 

Freeze dried strawberries next to bliss bites

Customize it your way

Like all of my recipes, this bliss balls recipe is completely customizable. You get to choose what berries and nut butter you want to use.

  • Freeze dried berries of your choice – Feel free to use either strawberries or blueberries. You’ll typically find this in the snack or baking section of the grocery store.
  • Nut butter of your choice – There are so many nut butter options nowadays which is great! Choose your favorite. If you have a nut allergy, feel free to use a type of seed butter or even garbanzo bean butter
  • Using basil – For a pop of fresh flavor, I’m blending in a handful of fresh basil for these bliss balls. If you like the strawberry basil combo, you’ll love it. However, if you’re not a big fan of basil, you can simply omit the basil from the recipe.
Holding up healthy bliss ball

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Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls

Yield: 12 - 1 inch bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Bliss balls are the perfect healthy, make ahead snack! Customize with any dried berries and nut butter of your choice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates (Medjool dates typically work best)
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries or blueberries
  • 1/2 cup creamy nut or seed butter of your choice (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, watermelon seed butter, chickpea butter, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil* (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend everything together until smooth, about 2 minutes. If the mixture is still too crumbly, add a tablespoon more of water.
  2. Using your hands, roll mixture into 12 small 1-inch bites. 
  3. Store bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to three months.

Notes

*This may seem like an odd ingredient to add but it really does add such a nice pop of fresh flavor. However, if you don’t like basil, you can omit it.

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Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

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