This is the best Chocolate Bliss Ball recipe! Soften dates are combined with finely ground sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon and maple syrup for the ultimate flavour-packed snack.
Best of all, they're nut-free, so they are perfect for little lunchboxes.
We love making bliss balls - the ones you find in the supermarket are overpriced and mass-produced. These are way cheaper, taste amazing, and are so handy to keep in the fridge as a quick snack.
Our Peanut Butter Bliss Balls are another popular recipe on the blog.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Kid friendly.
- More economical than store-bought bliss balls.
- Super easy to make with simple ingredients.
- The perfect pick-me-up snack or school lunch box treat.
Note: The full quantities are shown in the recipe card below.
Dates - use regular supermarket dates that have been pitted.
Sunflower seeds - an excellent substitute for nuts.
Cocoa powder - use good-quality cocoa powder. Either Dutch-processed for a deep, smooth flavour or unsweetened cocoa powder if that’s what you have available.
Chia seeds - these add some extra protein.
Cinnamon - adds a little spice.
Maple syrup - use pure maple syrup.
Step by Step Directions
Note: This is a summary of the instructions. The full ingredients and instructions are shown in the recipe card below.
1. Start by soaking the dates to soften them. Ten minutes should do the trick.
2. Grind the sunflower seeds into a fine powder using a food processor.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor with the sunflower seed mix.
4. Mix until the mixture comes together. Avoid over-mixing, or the mixture will become too sticky to roll into balls.
5. Take out roughly a tablespoon with your hands and roll it into a ball.
6. Roll the date balls in cocoa powder for the finishing touch. You could also roll them in extra chia seeds.
FAQs & Expert Tips
A food processor is essential to grind the sunflower seeds into flour.
Sort of; dates are very high in fructose but a great source of fibre. They are healthy if you don't consume too many at once!
No, they can be stored in a cool pantry. They can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer if you live in a hot climate.
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Chocolate Bliss Balls (nut free)
- Food Processor
- 90 g sunflower seeds
- 180 g dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds, plus extra for the coating
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened, plus extra for the coating
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Soak the pitted dates in warm water (not boiling) for 10 minutes to soften, then drain and discard the water.
- Add the sunflower seeds to a food processor and mix until fine.
- Add the softened dates (ensure they are fully drained and the water is discarded), chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and maple syrup to the food processor with the ground sunflower seeds. Mix until the mixture sticks together. It's important not to over-mix, or the dates will become too sticky to work with.
- Take roughly a tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a walnut-size ball with your hands. Continue doing this until all the mixture is finished (you should have roughly 10-12 balls). If the mixture is a little sticky to roll, place it in the fridge to harden for 10 minutes.
- I love rolling the bliss balls in extra cocoa powder and chia seeds, but you could leave them bare.
- Store in a cool pantry or refrigerator for up to a week.
Nutrition: The nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with an online nutrition calculator.