Do you ever wonder why they call these ‘bliss balls’? I’m not sure but I used to make them a few years back. I’d throw everything in… nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
This version is much simpler, only 5 ingredients. I also wanted to make a nut-free version. Just in case I ever pop one into the kid’s school lunch boxes.
I love that you don’t have to actually cook these (but they are messy to make). They’re pretty quick and versatile (you can add other ingredients easily).
Making Nut-Free Bliss Balls
This recipe calls for a blender to mix and finely chop all the ingredients. When I was creating this recipe I tried to do it without a blender chopping everything by hand but unfortunately, it didn’t work. The ingredients didn’t mesh together well, so the blender it is! I suggest blending small quantities of the mixture at a time so that you don’t overwork the blender, this is a pretty thick and sticky mixture.
Prunes are the main ingredient in these bliss balls. These are plums that have been dried. They’re sticky and soft which is great for moulding into bliss balls.
Make sure you’re buying pitted prunes (don’t want to have to remove pips!…. too time-consuming!)
Because prunes have been dehydrated they have more energy compared to regular fresh plums. For example, ¼ of a cup of prunes (33 g) is approx 420 kilojoules (100 kcal)* depending on how dehydrated they are. So if trying to watch your weight enjoy these in moderation (perhaps 1 bliss ball with a cuppa).
Prunes also contain a good amount of fibre and may be helpful in alleviating constipation but keep up the water as well.
This recipe is as flexible as you want. Don’t stop at what I’ve used here. Consider adding seeds like sesame seeds or nuts (if not needing a school version). Try adding some orange zest for an aromatic choc-orange flavour. Ps, I tried this modification and it was absolutely delicious!!!!!
These are nice alongside a cuppa! Either straight out of the fridge for a firmer bliss ball or at room temperature for a softer gooey bliss ball.
But overall these bliss balls are… fruity and sticky with a subtle a hint of chocolate. Yum x
No Nut Bliss Balls
An easy non-baked snack using only 5 ingredients.
- 1 cup oats
- 450 grams (1 lb) pitted prunes
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
Using your blender, blend oats into a fine consistency.
Next add all ingredients (oats, prunes, cocoa, desiccated vanilla essence, and half of the coconut (1/4 cup) in a bowl
Mix the ingredients together so that the dry ingredients coat the prunes.
Add small quantities of the mixture to your blender (make sure that you also add some of the loose dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl).
Once all of the bliss ball mixture is blended. Roll the mixture into small balls and coat in the remaining coconut.
Pop the bliss balls in the fridge ready for use.
* Try adding some orange zest for a choc orange bliss ball - yum.