Some people call these bliss balls, I just call them date balls. Snack dates are the basis for them and other ingredients can be added to provide a little variety. I make these in batches and they form part of my kids daycare lunch boxes. They contain no processed sugar but dates provide a natural sweetness that is more than enough to class these as treats. Once made I keep them in the fridge and occasionally grab one myself for a bite sized delight.
Although my method and recipe changes every time I make them I’ve included my notes from the latest batch. I never make these with nuts because 99% of them go to daycare.
Makes approx 30 date balls
- 23 medjool dates (aka a big handful)
- 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder
- 1/4 cup fine shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries finely chopped
- 1/4 cup bran sticks chopped
- 1/3 cup quinoa puffed
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
Extra dry ingredients for rolling (coconut, cacao powder, chia seeds, bran sticks, quinoa puffed).
I leave the dates out of the fridge to soften and if needed put them on the windowsill. You could probably use a food processor but I just use a knife to chop them up as small as I can. Once chopped transfer to a mixing bowl. Add other ingredients and mix really well. I just use my hands. Roll into small balls. You can roll each ball in a different finishing ingredient to make them less sticky. You could roll them in more coconut, cacao, chia seeds or even bran sticks. You’ll need to roll the bran sticks in a bit.
Store in the fridge. These last about 4-5 weeks before we consume them all.
You can usually find loose medjool dates and buy any quantity you like. For this batch my large handful was 23 dates and weighed 427 grams (with seeds). At $13 a kilogram they cost $5.55 and I made 30 balls.
I have listed some quantities of the optional ingredients but think of that as a starting point. You can adjust to suit your taste.