18 bliss balls to go crazy for at snack time

Healthy, delicious and filling – no wonder this super easy-to-make treats are some of our members’ most-searched-for recipes.
Published 28 September 2020 | Updated 19 April 2024
Victoria's chocolate bliss balls

Bliss balls, also called protein balls or energy balls, are a healthy sweet treat that are super versatile. They are often filled with dates and nuts and a variety of other flavours can then be added like cocoa and coconut. If you are one of those people who enjoy something sweet after a meal or just looking for an energy packed snack, try some today!

Build your own bliss balls

This handy, healthy snack is great for when you’re on the go and can be tailored to suit any taste. Simply start with a base of your choice of nuts, then add your preferred flavour, sweetness and coating to create your own delicious bliss balls.

Step 1

Choose your favourite nut and/or nut meal (or a combination) as a base and add coconut and fresh dates.

Step 2

Process your chosen base ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a thick paste.

Step 3

Take 2 teaspoons of mixture, roll into a ball and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Step 4

Gently roll balls in your choice of coating, then cover and place in fridge until firm.

Tip: Store bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.

Mix & match bliss balls

Makes 20-25 balls

Build a base. Process in a food processor until mixture forms a thick paste:

  • 100g nuts or nut meal (natural or toasted hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, or a combination)
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 12 fresh dates, pitted

Boost the flavour. Flavour with one or more:

  • 1 tbs finely grated lemon or orange rind
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder

Add some sweetness. To make balls a little sweeter add:

  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1tbs hazelnut spread
  • 1 tbs melted chocolate

Choose a topping. Roll 2 tsp mixture into a ball and coat in one of the following:

  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs desiccated coconut