Coconut Bliss Balls

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Calories
113

Easy 5 ingredient No-Bake Coconut Bliss Balls made with raw nuts, coconut and dates. Each bite has a boost of protein with sweet, nutty goodness sprinkled throughout. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or a workout snack -and super easy to meal prep!

If you’re an Energy Ball lover then you need to try out my No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Snickerdoodle Energy Balls or Vegan Cookie Dough Energy Balls.

These Easy Energy Bites Are Packed With Protein

If your weekly meal prep routine doesn’t include some snack prep, you’re really missing out. Having a healthy munchie to enjoy between meals is an absolute must – especially if you lead an active lifestyle. These nutty protein balls take 10 minutes to whip up, and they’ll stay fresh in the fridge all week long!

Whether you’re supplementing your morning breakfast smoothie or rushing to hit the gym after work, these meltingly tender energy bites will make you feel like you could move a mountain. There’s a reason why I call them bliss balls! Once you whip up your first batch, you’ll want to make them on a weekly basis.

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What Is the Purpose of Protein Balls?

Protein balls are meant to provide long-lasting energy and promote muscle growth while also supporting your body in multiple other ways. Fiber, antioxidants, potassium, calcium and iron are just a few of the additional nutrients you’ll get from these coconut bliss balls. At the same time, they keep the calories to a minimum, providing only the natural energy sources you need to function at full capacity.

If you’ve ever been tempted to purchase one of those processed energizer products, you need these healthy protein balls in your life. They’ll give you more of the energy you’re looking for and none of the dreaded crash that comes with those store-bought caffeine bombs.

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Recipe Ingredients

These foolproof energy bites come together with a handful of wholesome ingredients. Scroll down to the recipe card for the associated quantities.

  • Whole Dates: Pitted.
  • Water: This should be warm but not hot.
  • Raw Cashews
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: I like to roll my finished protein balls in some extra shredded coconut, but you can skip this step if you’d like.
  • Almond Butter: It doesn’t matter if it’s creamy or crunchy – use whatever you have on hand.

How to Make Coconut Bliss Balls

Bringing these protein balls to life is a walk in the park. There’s no baking or chilling required!

Blend Dates & Water: Add the prepared dates and warm water to a food processor. Blend until the mixture becomes a paste.

Add Remaining Ingredients: Add in the cashews, almond butter and shredded coconut. Blend until the cashews are finely chopped and the mixture sticks together.

Form Balls: Wet your hands with water, then roll the coconut mixture into 1-inch balls (you should get 12-14 of them).

Coat With Coconut: Roll the balls in shredded coconut if desired.

Serve or Store: Enjoy your energy bites right away or place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them.

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Tips for Success

This might be the easiest snack recipe of all time! Review these tips to make sure the process runs smoothly.

  • Get the Right Water Temperature: Nothing hot should ever be pulsed in a food processor, so it’s important that your water isn’t too much warmer than room temperature. However, if it’s too cool, it won’t soften up the dates enough. Be sure to get it to that happy medium.
  • Don’t Have a Food Processor? A high-powered blender can also be used to combine the ingredients for your date balls.
  • Chill Unless Serving Immediately: Avoid leaving your coconut balls out at room temperature for long periods, especially if it’s hot and humid in your location. Transfer them to the fridge if you’re making them in advance. You can bring them to room temperature before enjoying them if you’d like, but I personally prefer their slightly firmer texture when they’re chilled.
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Add-Ins & Variations

These protein bites are easy to customize with any desired changes. The options are endless!

  • Toasted Coconut Bliss Balls: Try toasting the coconut before you roll your bliss balls for added flavor and texture.
  • Almond Butter Alternatives: Feel free to use any preferred nut or seed butter in place of the almond butter. Peanut butter, walnut butter or sunflower seed butter would be amazing!
  • Pumped Up Protein Balls: Want to load up these energy bites with even more protein for your pre-workout ritual? Throw in a scoop of your favorite protein powder when you add in the cashews, almond butter and coconut.
  • Coconut Energy Bars: You can easily turn these into energy bars instead of rolling them into balls if you’d like. Firmly press the coconut mixture into an 8×8-inch pan lined with parchment paper, set it in the fridge until it’s firm, then slice it into even-sized bars. You can press the extra shredded coconut onto the surface of the bars before you chill them if desired.
  • For Next-Level Nutrients: When I’m in need of some extra fiber and nutrients, I’ll bulk up my protein balls with hemp seeds, chia seeds or ground flaxseed.
  • Cocoa Nut Protein Bites: Did you know that dark chocolate actually bolsters heart health and immunity? Fold mini dark chocolate chips into your batter or drizzle the finished balls with melted dark chocolate for a dessert-like twist.
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How to Store No-Bake Energy Bites

These coconut balls should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. If you have to stack them on top of each other, separate layers with parchment or wax paper. When they’re stored correctly, they’ll last all week!

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Coconut Bliss Balls

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 10 minutes
  • yield Yield: 14 1x
  • category Category: Snack
  • method Method: No Bake
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

Easy 5 ingredient No-Bake Coconut Bliss Balls made with raw nuts, coconut and dates. Each bite has a boost of protein with sweet, nutty goodness sprinkled throughout. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or a workout snack -and super easy to meal prep!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted wholed dates
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • optional: 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. To a food processor add dates and warm water. Blend until dates become a paste.
  2. Add in cashews, almond butter and shredded coconut. Blend until cashews are finely chopped and mixture sticks together.
  3. Wet your hands with water, roll the coconut mixture into 1″ balls (you should get 12-14 balls).
  4. Optional: roll the balls in shredded coconut.

Notes

Keep coconut balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. If you have to stack them, separate layers with parchment or wax paper.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bliss ball
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: protein balls, energy bites, pre workout snack

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Hi! I'm the recipe developer and food photographer behind all these easy healthy recipes! I love food, Jesus, morning lattes, and am obsessed with fantasy football!

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