Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls

December 11, 2014

Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls

I have been making so many of these Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls lately. They are so quick to prepare – much quicker than baking muffins or biscuits – and are full of delicious and healthy ingredients that will make you feel great. My Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls are made of raw and organic ingredients, are vegan friendly and are free from nuts, gluten, dairy and sugar. They are an ideal lunch box treat, snack on the go or tasty morsel to be enjoyed throughout the day to keep up your energy levels.

My whole family loves these Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls. I started making this recipe because my children can’t take fruit and nut bliss balls to daycare. Nuts just aren’t allowed for the allergy risk they may pose to some children. We’ve had quite a few daycare parties and gatherings leading up to Christmas where each family has been asked to bring a plate, so these beautiful bliss balls have been making several appearances!

I think it’s fair to say that at most parties you will find a table or two laden with sweet treats and junk food, with the occasional splash of healthy food thrown in for good measure.  Given that I no longer eat gluten, dairy and sugar, it’s also fair to say that I choose not to eat about 90-100% of the food at most parties because I don’t want to make myself sick. My solution to this is to bring my own healthy foods and snacks that I think everyone will really enjoy. I want to share the love! I want to expose others to the sorts of beautiful foods that I now eat and demonstrate that ‘Yes, you can’ eat tasty and healthy treats in place of some of the more conventional choices. I feel it’s my duty as a conscientious eater to pass on the gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and organic goodness! So, when I go to parties, these Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls are at the top of my list of dishes to bring. They disappear fast and you might be surprised at how many people are grateful for your having brought a healthy and nourishing dish to share.

So what’s in them? Most bliss balls are made using nuts so I have replaced the nuts with organic sunflower seeds, organic pepitas and organic desiccated coconut. The seeds have a similar texture to nuts, so you can swap them in equal quantities. This being said, if you want to make these Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls with almonds, cashews or another nut, then simply add 1 cup of nuts instead of the seeds.

A final word from me before I get to the recipe. These Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls would also make a lovely edible Christmas gift for someone you care about. Find a beautiful jar at home that needs recycling, fill it up to the brim with these delicious and healthy balls of goodness, and place a lovely card or tag with your thoughts around the brim. You will be nurturing the recipient’s body and soul at this special time of year!

Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls

Makes 20


  • 1 cup or 130g of pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup or 75g of organic sultanas
  • 1/2 cup or 80g of organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup or 65g of organic pepitas
  • 1/2 cup or 40g of organic desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup or 25g of organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon or 10g of organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup extra of organic desiccated coconut for coating the bliss balls

Thermomix Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients in the Thermomix bowl and blend on speed 8 for 30 seconds.
  2. Place the bliss ball mixture in a mixing bowl so you aren’t putting your fingers in the Thermomix bowl each time – just as a safety precaution.
  3. Roll tablespoon sized amounts of mixture into balls. Place the extra desiccated coconut in a separate bowl and roll the balls in this to finish.
  4. Store the Nut Free Chocolate Date Bliss Balls in an airtight container in the fridge.

Conventional Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor with an S blade inserted. Process all of the ingredients until the dates have broken down and the mixture starts to come together. This may take a minute or two depending on your food processor and it will be quite noisy.
  2. Remove the S blade from the food processor.
  3. Follow steps 3 and 4 above under the Thermomix Method.

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