February 10

“Bliss Balls” the not chocolate, chocolate ball

I usually pack a bag of food when I go out for the day. I remember going shopping quite a few years ago now and forgetting to take my lunch.

At the cafe we stopped at for lunch the only thing gluten free on the menu were raw balls. I had not had raw food then, and was a little unsure when I ordered 2 with a coffee in hope that it will fill me up for lunch. Well, at a whooping $4 a ball, I devoured them as they were so delicious. It’s funny that I remember how much they were, but I guess I thought they were so expensive at the time for these little round things. Hence, I went home on a mission to recreate these raw little balls of sweet deliciousness.

After a quite a few goes, I came up with what I just call “Not Chocolate, Chocolate” aka Bliss Balls as others may call them. They truely are bliss to eat.

Bliss Balls

Prep time Total time
10 mins 10 mins

Author: Tracey Francis of Essential Olie
Serves: 27-28


  • 9 Medjool dates (with pit removed)
  • ½ teaspoon Unhulled Tahini (I use macro wholefoods brand from Woolworths)
  • 1 cup activated almonds (soaked in water with a sprinkle of salt overnight then drained)
  • 5 Tablespoons Raw Cacao powder
  • 1½ teaspoon of Vanilla powder (I use Loving Earth brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • Brown Rice Malt Syrup (to taste) – I use approximate 2-3 Tablespoons
  • Dessicated Coconut (I use Niulife brand which is sulphite and preservative free)


  1. Using a food processor blend dates, tahini, almonds, raw cacao, vanilla powder, water and brown rice malt syrup til it achieves the consistency you like. I like it with small chunks of almonds still visible so it looks like a crunchy peanut butter consistency.
  2. Put dessicated coconut on a plate (just start with a small amount so you don’t waste too much)
  3. Using a small ice cream scooper and your hands create a ball – this is where it starts to get messy
  4. Roll ball in dessicated coconut
  5. Repeat til all mixture is used up
  6. Keep in refridgerator (you can also freeze them)


I use all organic ingredients, however, you don’t have to use organics

Rolling the balls does get messy….but a well worth it messy….

I have quite a few variations to the basic recipe above:

Crunchy Orange – add in 6 dehydrated oranges (roughly chopped) at Step 1 in the instructions above.

Mocha – rather than add in 1 Tablespoon of water I add in either 1 Tablespoon of espresso coffee and 1 Tablespoon of ground coffee beans.

Plain – rather than use dessicated coconut, you don’t have to roll them in anything. Simply create the balls then enjoy!

Mock Kee
– rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in macqui powder. However, use it sparingly as it is expensive. I buy the Loving Earth brand.

Cara Buck – rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in crushed up caramelised buckinis. I buy the Loving Earth brand of Caramalised Buckinis.

K-runchy – rather than use dessicated coconut we also roll our balls in coconut crunch. I buy the Bananan brand of Organic Coconut Crunch.

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