Two protein ball recipes that don’t use dates – but in fact chickpeas and oats. I love dates but sometimes we can’t find them, they are expensive, and they are hard on the blender, so alternative ingredients are sometimes useful!
2 Ultimate Raw Bliss Ball Recipes (vegan, dairy-free, no-date, protein)
Useful and easy protein snack, or bliss ball, recipes that don’t require dates!
I love dates but decided to create two recipes that don’t need them since they are not always accessible and are a bit hard on the blender/processor. Of course, you can always use dates if you want.
But I think you will love the ease and nutrition in these two recipes.
Snack balls are an important element to the healthy diet because we all need a sweet snack to grab when the hungries call, right?
These are full of protein and fiber, and a million minerals we need to have a great day.
In fact, the two base ingredients are chickpeas in one recipe, and rolled oats in the other. There are other healthy ingredients in each recipe, but those two provide the foundations.
How Healthy are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas are quite healthy and used to be considered a boring ingredient, haha. Until about three years ago, when they rose to the level of “superfood”.
In general, chickpeas are a legume, or bean, that is low in fat and sodium, high in protein, fiber, iron, antioxidants. They are also high in vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, choline, and selenium – all of which are often in short supply in current diets.
Many people build them into edible healthy cookie dough recipes because they provide the correct flavor, blank palate, and color to resemble traditional unhealthy cookie dough. I used them here to make a cookie dough bliss ball, which makes sense, right? Cookie dough is malleable and high in protein, and provides the perfect texture for a bliss ball.
How Healthy are Rolled Oats?
Rolled oats are a grain – although I use a gluten-free brand – that brings a huge amount of nutrition to any meal or recipe. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that support weight control, lower blood sugar levels, reduced risk of heart disease and even boost the immune system.
And oats are actually higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates, and contain more fiber than most other whole grains. So of course, they make the perfect choice for a foundation for a bliss ball recipe.
Along with two different recipes, I also share with you many options for each so you can make dozens of flavor combinations.
I hope you love these recipes and find them useful.
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Two Bliss Ball Recipes
Two protein ball recipes that don't use dates - I love dates but sometimes we can't find them, and they are hard on the blender, so alternative ingredients are sometimes useful! Each of these recipes makes from 12 to 18 balls depending on the size you make them.
Chocolate Bliss Ball
Optional Mix-ins or Coatings
- popped quinoa, beetroot powder, cinnamon, cacao
Cookie Dough Bliss Ball
Optional Mix-ins or Coatings
- cacao nibs, goji berries, cinnamon, cacao
- Blend all ingredients using mini food processor.
Taste-test before scooping them and rolling into balls.
The dough should be dry enough to stick together but if you find it crumbly add more nut butter (if it's the runny type), or maple syrup if you taste and would like it sweeter, or water if the taste is fine, you just want the texture sticker to be able to scoop and roll.
Once you are happy, use a cookie scoop to grab a consistent amount, then had roll into balls. You can get anywhere from 12 to 18 balls from each recipe depending on the size you make them.
Roll the balls into a coating of your choice.
Refrigerate and serve when ready to eat!
Store them for 7 days in the refrigerator. I found they don't freeze well so we make them once a week.
Want to make these nut-free? Swap the nut butters out for Sunflower butter.