With just 5 ingredients, these Salted Caramel Bliss Balls can be made in minutes.
They are a healthy, nutritious snack to have throughout the day.
Keep a container of these in the fridge to enjoy with a tea or coffee, pack them in the children’s lunch boxes or keep a container in the drawer of your desk to provide a quick pick-me-up.
They are dairy-free, refined-sugar-free and vegan. Their natural sweetness comes from Medjool dates which provide a luscious, caramel flavour to the Bliss Balls.
Salted caramel is, without doubt, one of my favourite flavour combinations. However, it usually includes a lot of unhealthy, sugar-laden ingredients.
So, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I can enjoy these healthy little balls of energy without guilt.
Inspiration for this recipe:
To be completely honest, if there is any recipe or something on a menu somewhere with the words “salted caramel” in the description, there is a high chance I am going to be drawn to it.
I have been a fan of salted caramel for a long time now – I have always loved a sweet and slightly salty flavour combination.
As delicious as it is, however, it is not necessarily always the healthiest of options. So, the Bliss Balls were a recipe I had been keen to work on for some time.
I truly feel delighted when I make this recipe – it satisfies sweet cravings, gives me my salted caramel fix, and can be quite filling.
I use these ingredients in my Salted Caramel Bliss Balls:
Whilst many of us think of dried fruit when we think of dates, Medjool dates are a fresh fruit, grown on a date palm. This date variety has a rich, caramel-like flavour and a soft, chewy texture.
They are a healthy way to enjoy a sweet treat. Medjool dates contain a good quantity of fibre, a large amount of potassium, along with magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin and calcium.
It’s best to store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Almond meal/almond flour:
These can be used interchangeably. They are both made from ground almonds, however, the terms sometimes indicate that one is made from blanched almonds and the other is made from the whole almond.
Almond meal/flour is a popular ingredient in gluten-free baking and is important for those on a low carbohydrate diet.
Almond meal/flour is a good source of protein, dietary fibre, Vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorous along with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
To extend the shelf life, almond meal/flour is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
This is finely grated, unsweetened and dried flesh from the white part of the coconut. It has many uses in baking and is an important part of many savoury dishes.
Store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. Alternatively, to extend the shelf life, store it in the fridge or freezer.
Coconut meat has a high-fat content and contains a variety of minerals, including manganese, copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.
The terms vanilla extract and vanilla essence can vary between countries. I read the label and ensure that the vanilla I use is from vanilla beans and not synthetically produced.
The flavour of salt is important in these Bliss Balls. For the best flavour, use good quality sea salt; I prefer to use Maldon salt flakes.
This is how I make the Salted Caramel Bliss Balls:
There can be few things in the culinary world simpler to make than these Bliss Balls.
To begin, I wash the dates and remove their stones. I add the dates to the bowl of a food processor along with the almond meal/flour, coconut, vanilla extract and sea salt.
Then I blend the ingredients together until they are well combined.
Finally, I roll the mixture into balls, coat them in a little more coconut and they are ready.
More Suggestions for Using These Ingredients:
Almond meal is a versatile ingredient and is ideal for gluten-free baking. I have used it in my:
- Almond Cookies
- Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake
- Jam Shortbreads
- Raw Salted Caramel Bars
- Vegan Almond Cookies
These Salted Caramel Bliss Balls Tick a lot of boxes!
- Made from raw ingredients and do not require cooking;
- Gluten and dairy-free making them ideal for people with dietary restrictions;
- Free of refined sugar, being naturally sweetened by the dates;
- A good source of protein which enables the body to build and repair tissues. Our bodies also use protein as an energy source.;
- Rich in dietary fibre;
- Full of important nutrients; among them magnesium, potassium, Vitamins B5, B6, E and calcium;
- Enjoy these healthy Bliss Balls the next time you need a nutritious, energy-boosting snack. They are not complicated to make; it will take just a few minutes of your time.
Please let me know in the comments below if you make these delicious Salted Caramel Bliss Balls. And if you’re feeling like a more decadent treat, I highly recommend trying my Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Slice.
Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
- 1 cup Medjool dates firmly packed *
- 1 cup almond meal almond flour *
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut *
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt *
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract *
- 2 tablespoon desiccated coconut for rolling the bliss balls
For accuracy, we recommend weighing your ingredients. This will produce the best results.
- Wash the Medjool dates, dry them thoroughly and remove the pits. Measure out 1 cup, firmly packed.
- Roughly chop the dates and add them to the bowl of a food processor together with the almond meal, ¼ cup desiccated coconut, sea salt and vanilla extract.
- Blend until the ingredients are smooth. Check that the mixture is sufficiently moist to be able to roll into balls. If not, add another date or two.
- Add the additional 2 tablespoons of coconut to a shallow, wide bowl. Roll the mixture into balls and then roll in the coconut.
- Store the Bliss Balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
The nutritional information is an estimate only, and is derived from online calculators. For accurate results, we recommend calculating the nutritional information based on the ingredients and brands you use.
These are perfect for breakfast! I’m usually in a rush in the mornings so I make these on the weekends and they’re perfect having during my morning commute. I sometimes add almond extract instead of vanilla since I love its flavor!
Such a great snack for on the go!
Almond extract is such a delicious addition 🙂
Thank you so much, Tina!
Love them thanku
Thank you, Tina!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls
I love that these tasty little bliss balls only require 5 ingredients are don’t require any baking. This really is the ideal Christmas dessert idea!
I am so glad you like them, Heidi – thank you!
Thank you for this recipe. We made them as soon as you posted about them!! They are delicious and so simple to make!! Thanks for all the GF DF vegan recipes you post. We have an allergy child in the family and these are perfect xx
Thank you so much for the kind comment, I am really pleased that this recipe was a success for you 🙂
We have lots more recipes that will be suitable for your family coming soon too xx
They turned out good in the end and taste amazing but way too crumbly. I had to add honey and a hint of coconut oil to get them to a point where the mixture would hold together
Just confirming you used fresh Medjool dates and not regular dried dates?
For next time, if the mixture is too dry, try adding another Medjool date instead – the moisture from the dates helps brings the mixture together 🙂
Just test whilst still in the food processor, and you can adjust accordingly. I haven’t had an issue using this technique, so I hope the above helps! Kind regards, Alex
I love these bliss balls! This has been my breakfast for the past week! I make it the day before and store them in the fridge. Perfect for my busy mornings!
Hi Gloria, thank you for letting me know that the Salted Caramel Bliss Balls are your go-to on busy mornings. I am delighted that you enjoy them. 🙂
I pretty much made these as soon as I saw the post pop up on my Insta feed, so quick and easy to make. The star ingredient in these is the sea salt flakes, it really took these bliss balls to another level. My girls love them too, great for breakfast on the run, after school snack, guilt free dessert or for a “I was just walking past the fridge” snack!!!
Hi Jessica!! That is fantastic to hear – thank you so much 🙂
We are working on some more bliss ball recipes at the moment, and look forward to sharing them with you soon!
Kind regards, Alex
I made these with my almost 4-year-old Audrey and they were so easily to make and super delicious. Thanks Alexandra. Another winning recipe xx
Thank you so much Lucy, I am delighted that you enjoyed them. Happy 4th birthday to Audrey; where did that time go?
Yummy! I only used 8 dates (roughly half a cup) and added 1 tablespoon of honey to make the mixture more sticky.
That sounds like a great variation Kj.