You can make these raw, vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened chocolate and coconut bliss balls in 15 minutes. They are packed with protein, dietary fiber, fats, essential minerals and vitamins, and are low in carbohydrates. These balls are made of common ingredients: raw almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, coconut oil, and pitted dates. The frosting is made of coconut cream, pure stevia extract, and coconut oil, but there are many other choices.
Recently, I posted a review (4 simple vegan smoothies) about a plant-based protein powder from Sunwarrior which I had a very good experience with. Last week, I received some sample packages of their new products in the mail called Classic Plus protein powder (chocolate and vanilla). Not only do they contain brown rice protein, but also proteins from ground chia seeds, peas, quinoa, and amaranth. I often use a variety of these same ingredients in my cooking because they provide so many nutrients.
This time I wanted to use the protein powder in something other than smoothies, so I came up with the coconut bliss balls. I added two packs (total 50g) of the chocolate flavored protein powder into the bliss ball base. The bliss balls came out perfect, with a chewy and dense texture, clean and a “not-overwhelmingly” sweet taste balanced with a hint of chocolate flavor.
These bliss balls became my new energy booster. Do you need an energy boost in the afternoon? I do. I need it to follow my two-year old around in the playground, give him a ride in the bicycle trailer, and even sometimes chase him in the grocery store when he refuses to sit in the shopping cart! With these simple, no bake, energy packed bliss balls, I’m ready for a long afternoon at the park playground.
Note: I had 3 packs of this chocolate flavored protein powder. I used one pack to experiment with making the bliss balls from coconut flour instead of almonds. However, that was not very successful. To me, they were just too dry in texture and a little difficult to swallow. So my suggestion is don’t use coconut flour unless you are going to add lots of liquid to keep them moist.
- 1-¼ cup unsweetened coconut flake unsulphured preferred
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- 2 tbs coconut oil soft but not liquid
- 5 pitted dates
- 50 g 1.76 oz Sunwarrior Classic Plus chocolate flavored protein powder
- 1 tbs coconut cream
- ¼ tbs coconut oil liquid
- 1 pinch pure stevia extract powder or to taste Now brand
- Combine and blend all coconut ball ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for a few times and use spatula to scrape the batter on the sidewall of processor to help blending if necessary. Blend until well combined, approximately 3 minutes. The texture of the batter is somewhat sandy. Transfer the batter into a small bowl.
- Take an appropriate amount of batter and press and shape to form a 1-1/4” ball. Finish all batter. Place the bliss balls into a parchment paper lined baking dish and keep a 1” space between each ball. Cover the baking dish with lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
- Meanwhile, combine all frosting ingredients and refrigerate for 10 minutes until it is soft but not runny. Fill the frosting into a pastry bag or sandwich bag (see notes). Squeeze onto the bliss balls.
1. Do not replace almonds with coconut flour, otherwise the balls will be very dry.
2. If you don’t have a pastry bag, fill the frosting into a sandwich bag. It will form a cone shape, like a filled pastry bag. Try not to warm up the bag of frosting with your hands. Cut a small tip off a bottom corner of the bag and then use as a pastry bag.