These nut-free cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunchbox treat—both for your kids and you. They are also dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free, making them very allergy friendly.
So while I have an array of healthy dinner ideas lined up to feature on this blog, they need to be balanced out with healthy treats. Right?
Good, I thought you would agree.
So here I present another no-bake energy ball that is sweetened purely with Medjool dates. There are already a few of these no-bake energy bite and bliss ball recipes on my site: Cashew Coconut Bliss Balls, Pumpkin Spice Balls, and Chocolate Energy Bites. But these are the first that don’t have nuts. With so many families and schools being totally nut-free these days I’ve been getting more requests for nut-free recipes.These nut-free cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunchbox treat! Click To Tweet
Ingredient Spotlight: Hemp Hearts
So where does that creamy goodness come from in these truly blissful balls? It’s primarily from the coconut, but also from the hemp hearts. In case you haven’t tried hemp hearts yet, you should! They are loaded with healthy fat, protein, and other nutrients. They make a tasty addition to everything from oatmeal to avocado toast to smoothies to salads.
I keep my hemp hearts in a glass jar in the fridge. This is how I store my chia seeds, flax seeds, and shredded coconut. Having them clearly visible and labeled in the refrigerator also reminds me to use them!
Boost Protein to Enjoy as Snack
The protein, carbohydrate, and fat ratio of these treats make them more dessert-like than snack-like, perfect as a lunchbox treat. But you can keep them nut-free and increase the protein content by subbing sunflower seed butter for the coconut oil. You can also enjoy them as part of a balanced snack with some additional protein or veggies on the side: a glass of soy milk, sliced raw veggies, pumpkin seeds, or edamame would all be great!
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted (and softened up by soaking in water for 10 minutes if hard)
- ½ cup oats (certified gluten-free if needed)
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao
- TOPPING SUGGESTIONS
- Shredded coconut
- Sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to chop and then blend until well combined and you can form balls with the dough.
- Tip contents onto a large piece of foil or parchment paper. Use your hands to form little balls. Wetting your hands a little can help form smooth balls and make it easier for toppings to stick.
- Roll in additional shredded coconut and/or sea salt if desired.
My one final piece of advice: Like most of these date ball recipes, it can be hard to have just one! That’s why I make them small: so that you can have two! I also recommend storing them out of site in the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!