This peanut butter bliss balls recipe is the perfect healthy snack when you need a quick energy boost. This healthy treat is made with simple ingredients and sweetened naturally using dates. These healthy bliss balls are made with nutritious ingredients that have plenty of healthy fats, amino acids and are a good source of protein.
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Why These Bliss Balls Are The Best!
I love quick and easy recipes that I can make for meal prep to have throughout the week. There are always those busy days you need to grab something quick and easy. My favorite meal prep breakfasts are usually are baked oats of some sort, like these blueberry lemon baked oats but I also love these mini egg bites.
Bliss balls or energy balls depending on what you call them, are the perfect healthy sweet treat that I love to make for snacks. They are a nutrient-dense snack that is the perfect treat to pack in a lunch box, stick in your purse when you are running errands on a busy day or even the perfect pre-workout snack.
They have just enough sweetness from the dates without being overly sweet and of course are a great option for anyone that love peanut butter.
dates- Medjool dates are a variety of date that is larger and sweeter than other varieties. You could use other types of dates for the recipe but may need to increase the amount to account for smaller sizes or less sweetness. Dried dates are sweeter and easily found at the grocery store.
natural peanut butter- I prefer creamy peanut butter for my bliss ball recipe, but crunchy would work too. I always buy a smooth natural peanut butter that has no added sugar and free from hydrogenated oils.
old-fashioned oats- or rolled oats are rolled and flattened to make the cooking process faster. Quick oats are cut into smaller pieces so they cook even faster. Even though this recipe does not require cooking these two types of oats are preferred over steel cut oats which would be to crunchy in the bliss balls.
Remove the pits from the dates and place them in a small bowl of warm water. I soak my dates just for a few minutes while I prepare the other ingredients.
Add the peanut butter, shredded coconut, oats, cinnamon, chia seeds and the soaked dates to the bowl of a food processor. Discard the water.
Turn the food processor on and pulse several times until the mixture is combined and looks like cookie dough. If necessary remove the lid and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse more if needed.
Use your hands to form small balls about the size of a golf ball with the peanut butter mixture. Depending on the size of the bliss balls this recipe will make 12-14 individual balls.
Store these peanut butter energy balls at room temperature for a few days or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. You can freeze bliss balls for up to 3 months.
I prefer to eat these tasty peanut butter bliss balls at room temperature but they are also good cold.
Substitutions and Additions
peanut butter- you can always use a different nut butter for this recipe. Cashew butter or almond butter are both great choices. Sunflower butter is a great substitution if your kids attend a nut-free school.
chia seeds- you can be substitute with hemp seeds or flax seeds.
Make these peanut butter protein balls by adding a little protein powder and reducing the amount of oats by half.
You could also make these a little more appealing to the picker kids by adding a handful of dark chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips after you have processed the other ingredients in the food processor.
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Easy Peanut Butter Bliss Balls (Energy Bites)
- food processor or blender
- 4-6 dates, pitted
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 cup peanut butter, natural
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup oats
- Remove the pits from the dates by cutting a slit in the date with a paring knife. Add the dates to a small bowl of hot water to soak while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Add the peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, unsweetened coconut and oats to a food processor or blender.
- Drain the dates from the water and add them to the food processor. Pulse several times. If necessary remove the lid and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is smooth.
- Using your hands roll these into small golf ball sized balls. Depending on the size you should yield 13-14 bliss balls.
- These are ready to eat as is. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days, the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.