- 1 cup packed (about 14), pitted Medjool Dates
- 0.5 cup Rolled Oats
- 0.3 cup Pistachios
- 4 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 4 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
- 5 Tablespoons (or any other nut/seed butter) Peanut Butter
- 0.25 teaspoon (a pinch) Sea Salt
Healthy and nutritious chocolate pistachio bliss balls that are refined sugar free and vegan!
These bliss balls are made in the food processor and are packed with super foods like chia seeds, oats, nuts and more.
Like most of you, I cannot resist a chocolate treat!
More often than not, the craving hits and that’s the time to have a healthier dessert alternative on hand.
Similar to truffles, these chocolate pistachio bliss balls are decadent and perfectly satisfy a sweet tooth!
After the balls are formed, they are quickly chilled so they firm up a bit but they stay soft and rich.
The base of these bliss balls are sweet and soft dates. Not only do the dates provide the sweetness but it also holds the mixture together.
Dates are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and more!
These delicious, candy-like treats may promote brain health and have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation.
The addition of chia seeds is pretty common in bliss ball recipes. They add texture and loads of nutritional value!
Chia seeds are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, are high in quality protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Let’s get to the best ingredients in these bliss balls, the cocoa powder and the pistachios!
It’s best to go with unsweetened cocoa powder. The darker the cocoa powder, the better!
What is cocoa powder you might ask? Cocoa powder is made by crushing cocoa beans and removing the fat or cocoa butter.
Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols which provide several health benefits including reducing high blood pressure!
It may also lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
You can use any nut for this recipe but I love the look and taste of the pistachio with the chocolate!
Pistachio nuts are not only tasty and fun to eat but also super healthy.
They are high in fiber and promote healthy gut bacteria, who knew!
Peanut butter makes for an additional nutty flavor and binder in this recipe.
I prefer using creamy peanut butter but you can use any nut or seed butter you like.
One of the best parts about these bliss balls is that they hold up very well and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 1 month.
This recipe makes about 23 bliss balls.
Add Ingredients to Food Processor
Scoop and Form Into Balls
Serve & Store