Chocolate bliss balls are a quick and easy healthy snack with 5 ingredients and are perfect for meal prep. They are vegan, gluten-free, and have no added sugar!
Bliss balls have become my go-to snack for long road trips, beach days, or as a healthy and filling delicious snack to beat that 3 o'clock slump. They are simple to make and require just 5 ingredients. Plus, they are super quick to make and take less than 15 minutes - with no oven needed.
What are bliss balls?
Bliss balls are also known as energy bites or energy balls. These chocolate bliss balls are quick and easy to make (less than 15 minutes!) and have only 5 ingredients.
They are a great option for meal prep because they can be stored and enjoyed at any time. These bliss balls are made with whole food ingredients like almonds, Medjool dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder and shredded coconut.
Are bliss balls healthy?
Bliss balls are a healthy, nutrient-dense snack. These chocolate bliss balls are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates, which provide fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients such as copper, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and iron. A serving of 2 Medjool dates provides 3.2 grams of fiber, which can help you meet up to 12% of your daily fiber needs (source)!
Even more fiber is added to these bliss balls with the addition of almonds and chia seeds. Not only that, but these healthy nuts and seeds are packed with heart-healthy fats, which help you stay full and satiated, making these bliss balls a filling and satisfying snack.
Plus, these chocolate bliss balls are vegan, gluten-free, and have no added sugar, so they're great for anyone with certain dietary restrictions.
- Almonds: These heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich nuts are also loaded with protein and fiber, and are an excellent source of vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium.
- Medjool dates: Help sweeten the bliss balls without any added sugar.
- Shredded coconut: Helps add texture and a natural sweetness to the bliss balls.
- Cocoa powder: Packed with fiber (1 tablespoon of cocoa has 2 grams of fiber!) and antioxidants like polyphenols.
- Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are a nutritional powerhouse! A serving of 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provide 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
How to Make Chocolate Bliss Balls
All you need to make these bliss balls is a food processor and 5 ingredients: almonds, Medjool dates, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, and chia seeds.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on high for a few minutes. Use a flapula or spoon to push the contents down if needed. You'll know it is done processing when the mixture is well-combined and easily forms a paste when pressed with your thumb and forefinger.
Use a spoon to scoop out bite-sized balls onto a large plate. Then, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls with your hands. This recipe should make 10-12 bliss balls.
These bite-sized bliss balls are a great meal prep snack option because they take just a few minutes and are so easy to store.
How long do bliss balls last in the fridge?
You can store these chocolate bliss balls in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. If you want to store them longer, you can store them in the freezer.
Can you freeze bliss balls?
You can store bliss balls in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container. They might be harder in texture if stored in the freezer, so let them warm up in room temperature for 10 minutes before eating them if you prefer a softer texture.
If you don't have a high-powered food processor and are worried about how the almonds will process, you can swap with sliced or slivered almonds instead of whole.
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Chocolate Bliss Balls
- ½ cup almonds
- ¼ cup pitted medjool dates (about 3-4)
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until the mixture is well-combined and sticks together when pressed with your thumb and forefinger.
- With your hands, roll into bite-sized balls.
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