These nut free chocolate bliss balls are a simple lunchbox friendly snack, using only 7 whole food ingredients, and optional medicinal herbs. They are filled with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and taste amazing. They contain Reishi mushroom powder (which is optional) which has been easily disguised under all those rich seeds, cacao and dates.
70g or 1/2 cup hemp hearts
85g or 1/2 cup chia seeds
50g or 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
30g or 1/3 cup shredded coconut
35g or 1/3 cup cocoa or cacao
Optional; 2 tsp + Reishi powder or maca root powder
70g or 1/4 cup runny, hulled tahini
12 soft dates, pitted *(see notes)
Bonus optional ingredient- Zest from 1 orange or 6 drops food grade orange essential oil
- You will need a food processor to make this recipe. If all you have is a blender you can use this, but please refer to the blog above.
- Add sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds and coconut to the food processor and blend for around 1-2 minutes. You want to blend the ingredients well at this stage to firstly create a fine meal, but also allow the seeds to warm up and begin to release some of their oils. You are not aiming to make a paste here, but rather a moist meal.
- Add cacao/cocoa and Reishi and pulse to combine well.
- Now, turn the food processor on and stream in the tahini, optional orange essential oil or zest and then finally the dates. Make SURE the dates are putted, and add them one at a time. Once all the dates have been added the mixture may seems a little dry- just continue to process for around another 1 minutes. The mixture should now be moist and ready to roll.
- Before you begin rolling, check the consistency of your ball dough. As we are using natural products they can vary in moisture content, so you may need to adjust things here. Take a small piece in your hand. It should easily roll into a ball and hold with out crumbling, but not be so wet that it leaves sticky parts on your hand. If necessary add more dates or tahini to achieve more moisture or more cacao/cocoa if the mixture is too wet.
- Now, roll the balls. This is best done with damp hands. Run your hands under water and flick off excess water. Roll balls into desired sizes- for me this is heaped tablespoons, and the batch will make 15 balls. Alternatively, you can press the base into a lined, 15-20cm square tin. Press down with a spoon to make a compact base, and set in the fridge for 2 hours. You can drizzle with melted chocolate and activated buckwheat too if you want it to be a bit fancy.
Set the super seed chocolate bliss balls on a tray in the fridge. Once firm, store in an airtight container in the fridge.
You may like to dip the balls in melted chocolate (like I have done), but this is not a necessary step- it just looks really pretty, and makes them a bit extra special.
- I use Medjool dates, which are fresh, large and plump. You may wish to exchange for dried dates but you will need to double the amount (24) of dates and see blog notes for preparation.
Keywords: Tahini, bliss balls, hemp seeds, no bake, easy vegan snacks