Here’s a really simple recipe for a delicious, healthy (yes!) chocolatey treat that you or the kids can snack on. These chocolate bliss balls contain ZERO sugar and it’s full of good things: dates, raw cacao, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
I’ve been planning to make chocolate bliss balls for months and finally did it on Thursday because a Lindt chocolate factory opened up five minutes away from my house and it just felt wrong scoffing down Lindor when Mr 3 can’t have any.
So we whipped these up together, and I brought some to a dinner party last night, and was surprised that the boys (read 30+ yo husbands) were massive fans. I gave them some to take home and this morning I got photos of them eating bliss balls for breakfast. Wooo! Must mean they taste alright. Not bad for a totally winged recipe.
You can try it yourself:
Dairy-free chocolate bliss balls
- 300 g dates (if you buy packaged dates, soak them in water overnight to get them plump and juicy then drain and keep the water separately)
- 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed kernels, crushed (I chose this because because our son is allergic to tree nuts, but you can use other seeds/nuts)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut + extra to roll balls in
- 2 tbsp maca powder (optional)
- Soak the dates in water overnight to get them plump and juicy, then drain the water (set it aside in a bottle to use for other recipes).
- Blitz the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste
- Add the peanut butter and process until smooth.
- Tip your date + peanut paste into a large bowl and add the cocoa. Mix it thoroughly with a spoon until well combined (start it slowly, and take care not to get the cacao everywhere… that's what happened to me).
- Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients until everything is mixed evenly.
- Pour extra coconut into a separate small bowl to use for rolling the balls in.
- Wet your hands (or use food-safe gloves), and scoop a bit of the mixture with your fingers and roll into a ball. A spoon or ice-cream scoop helps to get consistent sizes
- Roll it gently in the desiccated coconut and set on a platter/container. Repeat until the mix is finished.
- Refrigerate them to set (about an hour).
- Enjoy as a snack, a morning pick-me-up or after dinner for dessert.