These chewy, delightful, caramel-like sweet coconut almond bliss balls are really, really easy to prepare. Made with only 7 simple ingredients, the healthy dessert recipe takes no more than 15 minutes from start to finish.
When midday munchies strike, good eating habits get defenestrated, which is why I love healthy bliss balls. These scrummy energy bites (or laddoos) are easy-peasy and gloriously delicious. Fresh and light, they’re nutty, gooey, naturally sweet, and look gorgeous!
WHAT ARE BLISS BALLS?
Bliss balls, energy balls, or protein balls are popular and convenient candy-like snacks made from a mixture of various nutritious ingredients. These small, bite-sized treats are refined sugar-free and not baked; instead, they are often chilled or refrigerated to hold their shape.
Filled with the goodness of almonds, coconut, and dates, these no-bake balls are a fantastic option for those looking for a quick and healthy snack. However, coconut bliss balls are by no means a low-calorie food.
But then, I was never a calorie counter. I believe in the quality of calories consumed and portion control. A little bit of moderation goes a long way toward good health. And who am I to complain when I'm eating goodies that are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are so tasty?
WHY TRY THIS EASY NO-BAKE RECIPE?
Zero cooking required
Just the snack for 3 PM, post-workout, study sessions, or anytime hunger pangs
Fantastic healthy Diwali recipe, especially because the festival brings a flux of heavy sweets and desserts, and it’s nice to have something lighter to serve and enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE COCONUT ALMOND BLISS BALLS?
Step 1: Blend your soaked dates (without the water), almonds, desiccated coconut, flax seeds, and rose water in your food processor or blender till you have a smooth, sticky dough-like consistency.
Step 2: Taste test. If you like sweeter almond bliss balls, add a few drops of your sweetener of choice (maple, agave, or honey). I didn't add any sweetener.
Step 3: Shape the healthy bliss balls into equal-sized balls and then roll them in a mixture of coconut and beetroot powder and finely chopped pistachios till they’re wearing a nice thick coat.
Step 4: Serve or store the coconut-almond balls.
ALMOND COCONUT BALLS INGREDIENTS & TIPS
- Desiccated coconut is easily available online and in grocery stores. Pick up the unsweetened version.
- Dates need to be pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes to soften them. Don’t throw the water. If your coconut-almond bliss ball dough feels too crumbly, add the date water to get the consistency right. It’ll help bind the mix.
- Flax seeds are a great source of dietary fiber, so you don’t get a sugar spike and get sustained energy.
- Use whole almonds (no soaking, blanching, or peeling necessary) or almond meal or flour. If the bliss ball dough is overly sticky or wet, add flax seed powder, almond meal, or flour to it.
- If your blender is not strong enough to pulse all the ingredients together, powder the almonds before you throw in the rest of the ingredients for the bliss balls.
STORING & SERVING ROSE BLISS BALLS
Store these vegan bliss balls in an airtight box in the fridge, so they remain firm. They’ll last a good week.
I had beetroot powder on hand. Mixed with desiccated coconut, it gives a pretty pink hue. Powdered dried rose petals will work just as well. They, mixed with rose water, lend the bliss balls a lovely floral note, bringing a festive feel to the air.
Don’t want to bother with the pink decorations? Plain desiccated coconut or finely chopped nuts are excellent toppings too. Finely chopped pistachios or almonds are lovely.
WAYS TO ENJOY THIS BLISS BALL RECIPE
- On-the-go: Bliss balls travel really well, so they’re perfect for lunchboxes, walking breakfasts, picnics, or on-the-road pick-me-ups.
- Packed with nutrition, they make an epic mid-morning or afternoon snack to keep the tummy happy between meals.
- They’re sweet and addictive—just what you want from an after-dinner dessert.
- Or pack them in a pretty glass jar, tie a ribbon, and gift them for Diwali or any other festival!
WANT ANOTHER EASY NO-BAKE RECIPE?
Half the joy of cooking is sharing it with others, which is why I’m always eager to hear from you. So go right ahead and drop a comment or reach out on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or Facebook. I hope you love these coconut almond bliss balls as much as we do!
Coconut Almond Bliss Balls with Rose
- 1 cup / 65 gms Dessicated coconut
- 3/4 cup / 105 gms Almonds
- 15 Dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes Save the water, as you might need it.
- 1 Tbsp Dried Rose Petals
- 1.5 Tbsp Flax seeds
- 1.5 tsp Rose water
- 1 Tbsp Beetroot powder, finely chopped pistachio, desiccated coconut Optional, for topping
- Add all the ingredients (add dates without their water) to a blender or food processor. Blend together till everything is smooth and sticky. Taste and adjust for sweetness. If you'd like it to be sweeter, you can simply add some honey/maple syrup/ agave syrup, to the "dough".
- If the mixture is too wet, add more coconut. If it's too crumbly, add some of the saved date water.
- Roll the dough into equal-sized balls. Coat them with pistachios and/or a mixture of coconut and beetroot powder. Enjoy!These need to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.