These nut-free cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunch box treat! Sweetened with only medjool dates they are sure to be one of your families new favorite treats! They are also gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.Pin

Cocoa-Coconut Bliss Balls (Nut-Free)

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These cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunchbox treat—both for your kids and you. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and aside from the coconut, nut-free, making them very allergy-friendly.

These nut-free cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunch box treat! Sweetened with only medjool dates they are sure to be one of your families new favorite treats! They are also gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.Pin

Nourishing Treats

So while I have an array of nourishing dinner ideas lined up to feature on this blog, they need to be balanced out with nourishing treats. Right?

Good, I thought you would agree.

No-Bake Energy Bites or Balls

One of my favorite snacks/treats to keep on hand are no-bake energy balls sweetened with Medjool dates. These cocoa-coconut bliss balls are my family’s favorite.

Personally, I love them all, which is funny since I actually don’t like plain dates! Here are the other no-bake energy bite and bliss ball recipes on my site:

With so many families and schools being totally nut-free these days I’ve been getting more requests for nut-free recipes. While the coconut is technically a nut, it’s a less common allergy than other nuts.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Hemp Hearts

So where does that creamy goodness come from here? 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 heart-healthy fat, protein, and other nutrients. They make a tasty addition to everything from oatmeal to avocado toast to smoothies to salads.

In case you are curious, hemp comes from the cannabis plant, however, it doesn’t contain the active ingredient found in marijuana (THC).

I keep my hemp hearts in a glass jar in the fridge. This is also 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 cocoa-coconut bliss balls 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!

These nut-free cocoa-coconut bliss balls make a perfect lunch box treat! Sweetened with only medjool dates they are sure to be one of your families new favorite treats! They are also gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.Pin

Cocoa-Coconut Bliss Balls

These cocoa-coconut bliss balls are sweetened with only Medjool dates. They are also dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and egg-free--making them allergy friendly and perfect as a lunchbox treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Medjool dates soak in water for 10 minutes if hard
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats certified gf if needed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp hearts increase up to 1/3 cup if desired
  • 4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

  • Add the dates to a large food processor and pulse a few times until well chopped. Add the oats, coconut, hemp hearts, coconut oil, and cocoa. Pulse until well combined and a ball starts to form. If the mixture seems dry, add 1 tablespoon of water and then pulse more.
  • Tip onto a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Form into about 20 balls. Sprinkle with the shredded coconut and sea salt and then roll around to cover. 
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips:
Mix it up by sprinkling crumbled, freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries on top instead of coconut.
Try adding 2 tablespoons of flax meal to the rest of the ingredients for additional fiber and omega-3 fatty acid boosts!
Don't hesitate to play around with the recipe to make it your own! It's hard to go wrong with a no-bake recipe.
 
Keyword bliss balls, cocoa, energy balls, gluten-free, nut-free

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 sight in the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!

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