Does anyone else have a favourite place that they go to for bliss balls?
My favourite spot is a little convenience store on Hornby Island here in BC. These bliss balls are so big that you could eat one for breakfast and be full until lunch no problem. And the ingredients are simple, basically just ground nut butters, dates, seeds, and oats tightly packed into a nutritious ball of goodness. Perhaps erring on the side of decadent, these bliss balls are also dipped in a rich layer of chocolate, then rolled in a layer of sesame seeds. Needless to say, after a day of swimming in the ocean, hiking around the island, or even just lazing around in the sun all day, bliss balls are just what the doctor ordered.
But the thing is, bliss balls are something that you almost always have the ingredients for at any given time, and they only take about 15 minutes to make. They really don’t require the complexity or time to be categorized as something only served on occasions. In truth, these guys are so easy to make you could probably start including them in your weekly meal prep routine without breaking a sweat.
And in the grand scheme, they’re a pretty healthy treat. Packed with natural ingredients like nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. With little treats like shredded coconut, raisins, or chocolate chips, they’re the perfect fuel to take with you on a grueling hike, or post workout. And in healthy decadence comes satisfaction, but also energy, brain food, and a considerable amount of nutrients to keep you fuelled throughout the day—which is what you want in a snack.
This is a classic recipe for bliss balls. Filled with oats and ground flax seeds, these PB&C balls pack in a ton of fibre, and a considerable amount of plant protein. And with no baking required, it’s almost like eating peanut butter cookie-dough without the butter, sugar, or the risk of salmonella. Can’t argue with that!
You may find the concept of tahini and chocolate together a little off putting, but it’s actually a total winner! This recipe uses Medjool dates as the sweetener, which give them a real brown sugar-y flavour. Then the tahini gives them a grainier, smoother taste than you’d get with peanut butter. Definitely a great snack to reward yourself with on the way home from the gym!
If you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious bliss ball, definitely opt for the lemon and coconut. These balls definitely resemble macaroons, but are sweetened naturally by Medjool dates, and filled with fibre thanks to the chia seeds we snuck into the recipe. They’ll satisfy a sweet tooth, and keep that craving at bay.
Make ‘em, freeze ‘em, and enjoy these nourishing treats when you need a little pick-me-up!
What’s your go-to bliss ball recipe?