Protein Bliss Balls

Last Sunday I made these Protein Bliss Balls for the Thrive Mini Retreat yoga and nutrition workshop.

Bliss balls are a versatile healthy treat that can be made in so many different ways. They are often filled with energy-boosting ingredients such as dates and nuts, making them jam-packed with healthy fats, carbohydrates, fibre and protein. The protein in them means not only do they help stave off hunger pangs, but they’re great as a post-workout snack as well, giving your muscles the nutrients they need to repair and rebuild. And if you are one of those people who crave something sweet, look no further — the best part is that there’s no processed sugar at all.

They went down so well I was asked for the recipe by more than a few of you. It’s not often you can say something is simple to make, healthy and delicious, so here it is!


14 Medjool dates, pitted
200g raw or roasted almonds
4 tbsp 100% natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
1-2 tbsp water, if needed
Desiccated coconut, to garnish (optional)


1. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until a dough begins to form. If the mixture looks and feels a bit dry, add a little water. The mixture should feel a little sticky.
3. Using your hands, roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into snack-sized balls. Place the balls on the prepared tray.
4. Pour the desiccated coconut onto a plate or flat surface and roll the balls in the flakes to coat. Return them to the prepared tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Serve the Bliss Balls straight from the fridge or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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