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Chocolate Bliss Balls (Nut Free)

Satisfy your sweet cravings with these delicious Nut-Free Chocolate Bliss Balls. They are incredibly easy to make and are a healthy sweet treat. These sweet bites are also refined sugar-free and vegan.
Course Afternoon Tea, Morning Tea, Snack
Cuisine International
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 bliss balls
Calories 43kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (220 g) Medjool dates See Note 1
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) desiccated coconut  See Note 2
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder See Note 3
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract See Note 4
  • 3 tsp pure maple syrup

For coating the bliss balls:

  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut  See Note 5

Instructions

  • Wash the dates, dry them, and remove the pits. Roughly chop the dates.
  • Add the dates to the bowl of a food processor along with the rolled oats, coconut, cacao powder, vanilla extract and maple syrup and process until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Check that the mixture is sufficiently moist to be able to roll into balls. If not, add a teaspoon of water and blend again.
  • Take about a teaspoon of mixture and roll into small balls and toss in the coconut.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or freeze for up to three months.

Notes

  1. Medjool dates are fresh dates available from greengrocers or the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. For accuracy, weigh the dates. (with the stones in.) If measuring by volume, the dates are firmly packed in the cup. The number will vary depending on the size of the date.
  2. Desiccated Coconut is finely shredded coconut.
  3. In Australia, the tablespoon is 20 ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 15 ml or 3 teaspoons. You may need to adjust your quantities accordingly.
  4. For the best flavour, use vanilla which has been extracted from the vanilla bean and not synthetically produced.
  5. You may require a little extra coconut to roll the bliss balls.
  6. Please note, the nutritional information is calculated on one bliss ball. The nutritional information is an estimate only.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg