It's easy to see how these lovely chocolate bliss balls get their name. They are rich, chocolate-y and totally satisfying. But they are also packed with healthy goodness. And the protein, fibre and healthy fats will keep you feeling energised.
Bliss balls are also incredibly easy to make, and there's no cooking required. They are a perfect healthy snack. Or serve them as a quick mini dessert, with fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries or tangerines. If you are craving something sweet and chocolate-y, these will hit the mark perfectly. Chocolate bliss balls are also dairy free, vegan and gluten free.
What's so good about chocolate bliss balls?
They are nutrient dense. All the ingredients in these little energy bites are healthy.
- Prunes are a good source of antioxidants and fibre, and are beneficial for digestion, blood sugar levels and bone health. You can read more about the health benefits of prunes here.
- Almonds and chia seeds also contain fibre, and almonds are a good source of magnesium and vitamin E. Chia seeds are also thought to be good for bone and heart health.
- Coconut oil is a heart healthy fat, high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which your body and brain can use as a quick source of energy. MCTs can also help to reduce your appetite, which is one of the reasons these bliss balls are so satisfying.
- Cocoa is another ingredient which can benefit your heart, as it contains flavanols which can help to reduce bad cholesterol. There's a reason why you might crave chocolate when you're feeling a bit down. Cocoa contains both flavanols and polyphenols which can help to improve blood flow to your brain, and increase calmness and contentment. Cocoa is also a surprising source of fibre, which can help to control your blood sugar levels. (See here for a link to an article about the health benefits of cocoa)
Chocolate bliss balls are kid and adult friendly. They are also good for special dietary needs as they are gluten free, vegan and dairy free. They are also free from added sugar. Eating less sugar is one of the best things that you can do for your health. This post has lots of tips and recipes to help you eat less sugar.
Only 5 ingredients are needed to make this recipe. And you can use substitutions for some of the ingredients.
Quick and easy to make. They take just 10 minutes, and there's no oven required.
Portable. Unlike some chocolate snacks, these bliss balls don't need to be refrigerated. So they are perfect for taking on a journey.
Dried prunes (from a packet not a can). Prunes form the sweet sticky base for these bliss balls. Some packets of dried prunes are marked as ready to eat and are slightly more hydrated that other types. But for this recipe it doesn't matter as they are briefly soaked in water anyway.
You can use other types of dried fruit instead of prunes if you prefer. Dates also work well, although your bliss balls will be a little higher in sugar. You could also use raisins which will still taste delicious and are more budget friendly.
Coconut oil adds a little extra richness to these bliss balls. If you don't have coconut oil, you could add a teaspoon of nut butter.
Ground almonds provide a lovely texture and nutty flavour. Using ready ground nuts means that it's easier to blitz the mixture. You could use different nuts if you prefer. If you've got a super high powered blender, you could also try using whole rather than ground nuts.
The cocoa in this recipe provides a rich chocolate-y flavour. Make sure you use unsweetened cocoa rather than drinking chocolate which contains a high proportion of sugar.
Chia seeds provide texture, and also help to mixture to stick together.
You can also add vanilla extract, almond extract or a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavour.
It's very quick and easy to make these chocolate bliss balls.
First, tip some boiling water over the chopped prunes, and leave them to soak whilst you assemble the other ingredients.
Then drain the prunes, and add them to a blender or processor along with all the other ingredients. Blitz until everything is well mixed. If necessary, scrape down the sides and run the processor again.
Remove the mixture from the blender. It's easy to handle, but to stop it sticking to your hands, you can oil them slightly first. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and roll into balls.
Adding a decorative coating
If you like, you can roll the bliss balls in a decorative coating. For the top picture, I rolled them in ground almonds, and unsweetened cocoa.
Place about a teaspoon of your chosen coating in a small cup and add a ball. Gently swirl the cup around until the ball is evenly coated. Repeat with the rest of the bliss balls.
Serving and storage
Chocolate bliss balls can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll keep for a few days if you can resist them that long!
Frequently asked questions
Yes. Bliss balls are made from a base of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, with no added sugar. They are rich in fibre and healthy fats, and are a healthy snack option.
Nut butter is a good substitute for coconut oil in this recipe. You could even omit the coconut oil altogether from the recipe. If the mixture is a little dry, add a tiny bit of the soaking water from the prunes.
Other healthy chocolate recipes you might like
- Healthy chocolate coconut truffles (rich squidgy dairy free truffles)
- Healthy adzuki bean brownies (fudgy gluten free brownies)
- Avocado chocolate mousse (a simple dairy free mousse)
- Coconut flour chocolate muffins (gluten free muffins naturally sweetened with prunes)
Chocolate Bliss Balls
- Food processor or blender
- 80 g dried prunes can also use dates or raisins
- 60 g ground almonds
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil or use nut butter
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- Chop the prunes into raisin sized pieces. Place in a small bowl and cover with boiling water for a couple of minutes.
- Add the ground almonds, coconut oil, chia seeds and cocoa to a food processor or blender. Drain the prunes and add them to the mixture. Blitz until well mixed. If necessary, scrape down the sides of the food processor and blitz again.
- Remove the mixture and cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
- If you want to coat your bliss balls in ground almonds or cocoa, place a teaspoon of coating in a small cup. Add one ball at a time, and gently swirl the cup around until the ball is well coated.
Calories per serving: 67
|Total Fat||4.3g||Saturated Fat||1.0g||Trans Fat||0g|
|Total Carbohydrates||6.8g||Dietary Fibre||2.2g||Total Sugars||2.8g|
Please note nutritional information is for guidance only