Quick and easy to make, packed with nutrition and absolutely delicious, these Favorite Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy snack to complement a busy lifestyle.
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This is one of those amazing recipes that becomes a staple in your snacking repertoire and, because the variations are virtually endless, you can make so many versions that you’ll never get bored.
These Bliss Balls are so easy to make and have a long shelf life, making them the perfect on-the-go snack for a busy lifestyle. Grab one as you leave the house to walk the dog or go on a hike. Chuck one in your kids’ lunch bag as an afternoon snack after a day at school. Snack on one after work so you don’t get hangry while you sort out dinner… the possibilities are endless.
Sweet, crunchy, chewy and slightly sticky, what’s not to love? I think that once you start making these you’ll never go back to packaged granola bars or coffee shop muffins. Try some variations, like these Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites, or these Energy Power Balls, or make something up yourself, using your favorite fruits and nuts. Be sure to let me know what you come up with!
Are These Favorite Bliss Balls Healthy?
These Bliss Balls pack an energy punch and contain protein, healthy fats and low glycemic index sugars all in a little flavor explosion.
Coffee shop chains and sandwich places often sell snacks like these, but the wonderful thing here is that you know exactly what’s going in them, and this gives two great advantages:
- It is easy to calculate the exact number of calories per portion
- By making them yourself you can be sure that there are no chemical flavorings, undesirable additives, or unhealthy sugars.
They’re also gluten-free, and are easily adapted to your own dietary needs. I especially love that dates are diabetic-friendly and the antioxidants that the blueberries pack.
- 2 cups raw cashew nuts
- 2 cups Medjool dates
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
Pour the cashews and oats into your food processor and blend for 2 minutes or until it forms a coarse crumb.
Add all of the rest of the ingredients and blend until it all comes together. Test the dough by taking about a tablespoon of dough and squeezing it together in your hands. It should stick together but not be sticky. If it’s too sticky add extra oats or if it’s too dry and doesn’t stick together add extra dates and blend again.
Break off about a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into a ball. Repeat until you have finished all of the dough.
Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Favorite Bliss Balls
- Don’t over-mix! Let your eyes be your guide to achieve the perfect texture combination.
- Different dates will contain different amounts of moisture. Adjust the oat-date ratio to make the perfect balls.
- Frozen wild blueberries have more flavor and higher levels of antioxidants than farmed ones.
- Go nuts! Different fruits, nuts and seeds will bring you a world of variety.
Sure you can! Roasting nuts and seeds can enhance their flavor, and this is often done when nuts are used in cooking. Just be sure that your nuts are unsalted.
Nope! I love using fresh fruits when they’re in season. Be aware, though, that the water content can vary with fresh fruits, so adjust your oat content accordingly.
The possibilities are endless. Try pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower. Use any nut you like; Brazil nuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts or plain old peanuts will all work. Try different berries, too, though it’s hard to beat the health benefits of blueberries. You can also roll them in unsweetened shredded coconut after they’re done. Be the boss!
No. Any pitted date will work, but these are considered the “king of dates” and with good reason. They are softer, richer and higher in minerals, so if you can find them, go ahead and use them.
Make Ahead and Storage
These balls will keep for weeks in the fridge, but I don’t think they’ll last that long before being eaten up. They also freeze well, so you can freeze a portion of each batch to keep the variety train rolling… just thaw a few of a different kind each week.
- 2 cups Raw Cashew Nuts
- 2 cups Medjool dates
- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup Sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- ½ cup frozen Blueberry
- Pour the cashews and oats into your food processor and blend for 2 minutes or until it forms a coarse crumb.
- Add all of the rest of the ingredients and blend until it all comes together. Test the dough by taking about a tablespoon of dough and squeezing it together in your hands. It should stick together but not be sticky. If it’s too sticky add extra oats or if it’s too dry and doesn’t stick together add extra dates and blend again.
- Break off about a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into a ball. Repeat until you have finished all of the dough.
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