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Cacao Bliss Balls

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 20 balls 1x


For a perfectly poppable treat, try our cacao bliss balls. They’re bursting with chewy dates and cashews, and rolled in sweet coconut.


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  1. Place the dates in a large bowl of warm water to soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a small saucepot over low heat. Set it aside to cool slightly.
  3. Add the almonds and cashews to a food processor and pulse until very finely ground.
  4. Remove the dates, and reserve about 1 cup of the water. Add the dates to the food processor along with the cooled coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, salt, 6 tablespoons shredded coconut, and the chia seeds. Blend, dripping in a few tablespoons of the date liquid if the mixture is dry, until it comes together and starts to form a ball. The mixture should be sticky and uniform. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Line a quarter-size sheet pan with wax paper and lay another piece on your counter.
  6. Turn the mixture out onto the paper on your counter and wet your hands to prevent it from sticking. Using a tablespoon measure as your guide, roll the nut and date mixture into bite-size balls that are about 1 inch in diameter. Arrange on the prepared pan with some space in between each, so they don’t accidentally roll into each other and stick together.
  7. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, to allow the balls to firm up slightly.
  8. Place the remaining shredded coconut in a shallow bowl. One at a time, toss the balls to coat. Arrange on a plate and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours before serving, until firm.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Chocolate
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Snack

Keywords: cacao powder, ball, snack, date, coconut, almond