Bliss balls are healthy and delicious snacks that are very popular with Paleo followers.
They are versatile, simple to make, and can give you an energy boost if you find yourself flagging during the day.
They are commonly made from nuts, seeds and/or fruit like dates and figs, which give a natural sweetness and good source of fibre.
Paleo bliss balls involve no cooking at all and take only a few minutes to prepare and they can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
We’ve found 20 delicious Paleo bliss ball recipes for you to try below. But feel free to add some of the ingredients for your favorites or what you have available in your pantry. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making your own Paleo bliss balls – experiment with different textures and flavors.
Bliss balls are also a great way to avoid giving children snacks that are loaded with refined sugars or gluten.
Ingredients: dried black mission figs, dried golden raisins, dried tart cherries, dried strawberries or dried apricots, plantain chips or plantain strips, shredded unsweetened coconut, ground cinnamon, sea salt.
Figs, like dates, have a slight sweetness and give a sticky richness to these snacks. If you can’t eat coconut, then simply add more plantain chips to bulk up the mixture. If you use salted plantain then the advice is to taste the mix before you add any salt.
Ingredients: cashews, medjool dates, lemon juice, lemon zest, unsweetened coconut.
The dates in this recipe give these little bites such a rich flavor, yet they are zesty and fresh because of the lemon. They only take a few minutes to prepare, so are great if you are in a rush or if a friend pops round unexpectedly.
Ingredients: walnuts, unsweetened coconut, soft Medjool dates, coconut oil, sea salt, vanilla extract.
This is another quick and easy no-cook recipe that gives you delicious treats which are rich in flavor and the health benefits found in dates. This fruit has been shown to have beneficial qualities to help with fiber-related problems and intestinal difficulties, and adding the sea salt helps cut through the richness of the dates.
Ingredients: almonds, macadamias, desiccated coconut, honey, coconut oil.
If you’re looking for a simple recipe to start enjoying Paleo bliss balls, then give this basic recipe a try.
Ingredients: almonds, pitted dates, almond butter, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, Kosher salt.
The almond butter in these balls gives a glossy finish and holds them together well. Prepared in minutes, these little snacks can be stored for up to a couple of weeks in the fridge – if they last that long!
Ingredients: lemon juice and zest, honey, desiccated coconut, almond meal.
Lemon is amazing! Fresh and zesty, it can lift your mood in a single bite. These bliss balls are sweet yet tangy and are so easy to make. They require no cooking at all and no blender even – must mix it all together and shape with your hands.
Ingredients: macadamias, shredded coconut, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, vanilla paste or extract.
The chocolate coating on these bliss balls tastes amazing because of the maple syrup, and the macadamias give it a lovely nutty flavor. If you can’t find macadamias, try using cashews instead as they give it a similar texture and are just as tasty.
Ingredients: shredded coconut, liquid honey (or sub maple syrup or coconut sugar for vegan), coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, good-quality dark chocolate.
These bliss balls are so healthy but taste luxurious! They are paleo, gluten-free and use no refined sugar. Even though they are a healthy treat, they are a winner when you are entertaining, or as a special reward for yourself.
Ingredients: raw cashews, raw pistachios, Medjool dates, shredded coconut, matcha powder, coconut oil.
If you have never used matcha powder before, then this is a great way to introduce the benefits of green tea to your food regimen. Start with a little till you get used to the flavor, then you can increase the amount the next time you make these snacks. Medjool dates are high quality and give a fruity sweetness to this dish.
Ingredients: coconut butter, dried unsulphured apricots, almonds, desiccated coconut (optional).
The unsulphured apricots in this recipe have a fudgy texture, but use sulphured ones if they are difficult to find. You may find it easier to coat these treats in the desiccated coconut if you apply it as soon as the balls have been formed, as the coconut butter melts slightly with the heat of your hands.
Ingredients: whole almonds, Medjool dates, desiccated coconut, coconut oil, salt.
If you love coconut, then these are perfect for you! They are tasty and nutritious, yet sweet and sticky thanks to the dates. If you have a problem with nuts then you can replace them with sunflower seeds and if you toast them slightly first, they take on a lovely nutty flavor.
Ingredients: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt, water.
The power balls in this recipe are packed full of ingredients that give you sustained energy over a long period of time, so they are ideal for busy-day snacks or to revitalize you after a workout at the gym. If you crave sweetness then you can add a little honey or coconut sugar, although there is already a natural sweetness from the dates.
Ingredients: pecans, Medjool dates, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, cocoa powder, salt, water.
Medjool dates are a delicious way to add sweetness to your snacks without the use of sugar. They are sticky and full of fiber and are the perfect partners to coconut. This recipe calls for pecans, but you can use any nuts of your own choice instead e.g. cashews, macadamias or almonds.
Ingredients: almond butter, honey, vanilla extract, cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder, ashwaganda powder, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, cardamom powder, garam masala, raw pumpkin seeds (optional), dried cranberries (optional), shredded coconut (optional).
These little treats are packed with goodness and have a real flavor of Christmas! No-cook recipes are so good anytime, but especially at busy times of the year, and this one gives you bite-size balls that have a depth of flavor and heat, thanks to the ginger and cinnamon.
Ingredients: dates, walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut.
There are only three ingredients in this recipe so it couldn’t be easier! If you have friends coming for a dinner party or someone shows up last minute and you need a delicious treat to serve them, then these are such a great idea, and if you have any left they can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Ingredients: Medjool dates, cashews, desiccated coconut, protein powder, chia seeds, lemon, salt, vanilla extract (optional), desiccated coconut.
These energy balls have a wonderful creamy texture, sticky sweetness from the dates and a zesty kick from the lemons. You may find that eating too much dried fruit can cause you digestion problems, but this recipe only uses 9 – 10 dates for 32 treats, so one or two shouldn’t cause you any problems!
Ingredients: pitted dates, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder.
These bliss balls are ideal to give to the kids as they have a natural sweetness and a lovely chocolatey flavor. As there is no cooking involved, they are also great for involving kids in the preparation, and they can then be used for snacks or even for parties. If you prefer a smoother consistency then blend the nuts for a few minutes longer.
Ingredients: Medjool dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil, carob powder, orange zest, orange juice, sea salt.
If you are yearning for a chocolate/orange combination, then these bliss balls are perfect for you! The orange juice and zest is a great partnership with the carob powder, giving you a balanced flavor. If you prefer to have snack bars instead, then line a baking tray with parchment, push the mixture into it firmly and then cut into slices once chilled.
Ingredients: walnuts, pitted dates, cacao powder, shredded coconut, almond milk (or coconut milk or your favorite dairy-free option), peppermint extract.
Mint and chocolate make you think of Christmas, or celebration times, so if you would like to have a healthier option to enjoy then these are perfect! They are grain and dairy-free and make a wonderful dessert after a dinner party, or with tea or coffee. How minty they are is entirely up to you, but try the mix as you go along to avoid making them too strong!
Ingredients: raspberries, medjool dates, macadamia nuts, cashew butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, shredded coconut.
The raspberries in this recipe give these bliss balls a delicious rosy pink color and juicy flavor. They’re perfect for when you can find fresh raspberries.