These healthy bliss balls with dates are a quick & easy no bake snack or light dessert that both adults and kids will love – perfect for on the go, in lunch boxes, for picnics, parties and gatherings, or as an after school or work treat. They’re perfect for meal prep as a large batch can be made in just 5 minutes. Allergy friendly and suitable for a range of dietary requirements – gluten free, dairy free, nut free, grain free, soy free, seed free, oil free & refined sugar free. Vegan, auto-immune protocol (AIP), paleo and whole30 friendly.
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What is a bliss ball?
Bliss balls, also called energy balls, energy bites or protein balls, are a portable healthy snack made from nutritious natural ingredients that are blended together and rolled into balls. They have the following benefits:-
- They’re free from inflammatory refined sugar, preservatives and artificial flavours that store bought snacks often contain.
- A great source of fibre to help keep us full and essential vitamins and minerals.
- Quick and easy to make.
- Can be flavoured in countless different ways.
- Are small in size, so perfect for on the go.
- Great for meal prep as a large number can be made in just 5 minutes with minimal effort.
- Raw bliss balls don’t require any cooking or baking, meaning they maintain all their nutritional value and digestive enzymes. This makes them easier to digest and allows us to absorb a greater amount of nutrients.
Bliss balls are typically made with dried fruit, nuts and grains. This healthy bliss ball recipe replaces nuts and grains with the following alternative ingredients to make nut free bliss balls that are also grain free and paleo friendly:-
- Green banana flour (UK Link/US Link). This is a great source of resistant starch, which feeds the good bacteria in the gut, improving digestion and supporting our immune system. It’s also high in essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium and zinc.
- Wild blueberry powder (UK Link/US Link). Wild blueberries contain double the amount of antioxidants and have a stronger flavour than regular blueberries, as well as being a concentrated source of various vitamins and minerals.
- Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system.
- Medjool dates (UK Link/US Link). These provide natural sweetness to make refined sugar free bliss balls.
- Food processor (UK Link/US Link)
- Mixing bowl (UK Link/US Link)
- Measuring spoons and cups (UK Link/US Link)
- Lemon juicer (UK Link/US Link)
- Lemon zester (UK Link/US Link)
- Weighing scales (UK Link/US Link)
how to make bliss balls
This simple bliss ball recipe is made easily by blending all the ingredients in a food processor and then rolling the mixture into balls. They can be eaten straight away or transferred to the fridge for 2 hours to firm up.
how long do bliss balls last?
Bliss balls can be stored in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you want to eat them, remove the balls from the freezer and leave to thaw for at least 30 minutes.
These energy bliss balls are allergy friendly and suitable for numerous dietary requirements as they are:-
- Gluten free
- Wheat free
- Dairy free
- Soy free
- Lactose free
- Egg free
- Nut free
- Seed free
- Grain free
- Nightshade free
- Oil free
- Refined sugar free
- Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) friendly
- Whole30 friendly.
other healthy recipes
- For a healthy breakfast, try this Healthy Oven Baked Chocolate Pancake, Immune Boosting Chaga Berry Smoothie Bowl or Grain Free Porridge With Apple & Pear.
- If you want a healthy refreshing snack during the day, these Healthy Tropical Popsicles/Ice Lollies are great, especially during the warmer months.
- If you’re looking for healthy lunches and main meals, then this Sprouted Buckwheat Salad With Basil Pesto or Rainbow Nourish Bowl, which can be adapted for any dietary requirement, are great options.
- For a healthy dessert, this Healthy Turmeric/Golden Milk Panna Cotta, free from major allergens and refined sugar is perfect.
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Healthy Wild Blueberry & Lemon Bliss Balls
Wild blueberries contain two times more antioxidants and have a stronger flavour than regular blueberries. These healthy wild blueberry & lemon bliss balls are a quick and easy allergy-free snack or light dessert made in just 5 minutes. Perfect for on the go, in lunch boxes, for picnics, gatherings or an after school or work treat. Free from gluten, dairy, grains, nuts, seeds, oil & refined sugar. Vegan, autoimmune protocol (AIP), paleo & whole30 friendly.
- 200 grams (7 oz/0.5 lbs) medjool dates, pitted (approximately 12)
- 120 grams (1 cup approx) green banana flour
- 3 tablespoons wild blueberry powder
- Zest from 2 large lemons
- 4 tablespoons fresh juice from lemon (or as much as needed to form a dough)
- Food processor
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Lemon juicer
- Lemon zester
- Weighing scales
- Step 1 Place the medjool dates, wild blueberry powder, green banana flour, lemon juice and zest in a food processor and blend on high for 1 minute or until the mixture is combined.
- Step 2 Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Press the mixture together with your hands until a dough forms.
- Step 3 Split the dough into 12 equal pieces.
- Step 4 Roll the pieces of dough between your hands into balls.
- Step 5 Eat straight away or chill in the fridge in an airtight glass container for at least 2 hours for a firmer texture.
- Step 6 Keep in the fridge for up to a week.
- Step 7 Above links are for US readers. For UK readers – wild blueberry powder, green banana flour, medjool dates, food processor, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, lemon juicer, lemon zester, weighing scales, airtight glass container.