Medjool dates are a deep and intense passion of mine. So gooey, so versatile, so caramel-y. Like crack. Crack is like that, right? Caramel-y? Versatile? Gooey? Can’t decide which one of those is a funnier comparison to crack. Never mind.
So naturally, bliss balls would be in my arsenal. And while I’ve eaten them plenty, I’ve never made them myself, so I decided today was the first day of the rest of my life and I was making bliss balls myself, dammit. Bliss balls, by the way, are basically fruit (usually dates) and nuts and seeds and stuff blended together into a heavenly ball that packs a great hit of carbohydrate, fat and sometimes protein making it a primo snack. The bliss balls I’m talking about are not the Urban Dictionary definition which reads: that feeling in your belly button that grows and grows until it consumes you. Don’t know who the hell thought that one up or what it means, but just know they’re not related.
Chocolate and peanut butter (which is being replaced by sunbutter in this recipe because it’s allergy-friendly, paleo-friendly and tastes better in my humble opinion–I KNOW–but just trust me) are also an intense passion of mine, just like every other person on the planet. I never claimed to be original. I’m just giving the people what they want. And myself. Also giving myself what I want.
And so…I made these. They are everything I’ve ever wanted, I have to admit. Fudgey, sweet, nut-free, satisfying and full of satiating fats from the sunbutter and seeds + carbs from the dates + protein from the hemp seeds + antioxidants from the cacao + deliciousness from it all combined together. These have quickly become a favorite snack of mine because they satisfy the sweet tooth and tide over any hunger I have between meals. Checkin’ off all them boxes.
You also can make these your own in any way you choose. Swap out the sunbutter for any other nut butter, add in other nuts or seeds or chocolate chips or anything you can imagine. Fly free. Add some protein powder if you want!
Alright, that’s enough yackin’ from me. I would love for you to make these and let me know whatcha think in the comments down below! BLISS BALLS AWAY!
Double Chocolate Sunbutter Bliss Balls
- 12 pitted medjool dates
- 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter or other nut/seed butter
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
Combine pitted dates, sunflower seed butter and cacao powder in a food processor until completely mixed and a dough is formed. The mixture may be a bit crumbly but should be able to stick together very easily without being too wet. Add a little water if too crumbly, add some more cacao powder (or nut flour of any kind) if too wet.
Add the mixture to a mixing bowl and add cacao nibs, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds (or any other mix-ins!). Combine with hands/utensil until mix-ins are...well, mixed in.
Roll dough into 10-12 balls. Coat in cacao powder, drizzle on sunbutter, add some more cacao nibs/chocolate chips, or leave as is and serve! Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Enjoy!
Or check out another energy ball recipe here!