Soft, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, these coconut almond bliss balls are totally crowd-pleasing and made with just a handful of healthy pantry staples! This perfectly nutty and naturally sweet treat is great for meal prep, healthy snacking and to bring with you.
Are you in need of a quick homemade snack? Try making coconut almond bliss balls! Within just 10 minutes, you can turn your pantry staples into the most delicious yet nutrient-packed vegan treat.
Similar to our super coconutty vegan Bounty balls, peanut butter bliss balls, matcha pistachio bliss balls and chocolate bliss balls, this creamy date and almond-based version is just as sure to become a family staple.
Only 5 ingredients are needed for the most scrumptious afternoon treat — alongside a cup of tea, coffee or vegan milk if wanted!
Our coconut almond bliss balls are super satisfying and surprisingly satiating thanks to the healthy fats and creamy date base. Now, this is how you can make your sweet tooth happy while filling up on essential nutrients!
Recipe features & benefits
- Delectable yet nutritious
- 10-minute no-bake recipe
- Gluten-free, vegan & sugar-free
- Endlessly customizable
- 5 basic ingredients needed
- Easy to make with kids
- Meal prep-friendly and portable
Doesn’t that sound awesome? In terms of kitchen tools, you will only need a food processor, a small bowl and measuring equipment.
Let’s check out what goes into these chocolate bliss balls!
- Dates — our favorite refined sugar-free and creamy bliss balls base.
- Almonds — healthy fats and nutty flavor! Go for blanched if you can and use ground almonds if you don’t have a good food processor.
- Coconut milk — canned for more creaminess and flavor, carton for less fat.
- Vanilla extract— this emphasizes the natural sweetness of the dates without any added sugar.
- Cocoa powder — we like some of it in these bliss balls but you can omit this ingredient for a more coconutty flavor.
You can find the exact amounts of each ingredient in the recipe card below. We’ll share some customization options and tips in just a bit but now, here are the simple steps needed to create these bliss balls.
How to make almond bliss balls
Soak the dates
If you have soft and moist dates to start with, you can skip this step. Otherwise, just place your pitted dates in a small bowl and cover them with hot water for around 10 minutes.
This ensures that your food processor can create a smooth and homogenous texture.
Blend all ingredients
Drain the dates if you soaked them, then add them alongside all of the other ingredients for the bliss balls to your food processor. Pulse a few times, then blend until a sticky and homogenous mixture is formed.
This may take 1-2 minutes, but if it’s still crumbly at this point, add some more coconut milk or a splash of water and process again.
Form the bliss balls
Scoop the caramelly dough with a spoon or your wetted fingers into bite-sized portions and roll them into balls.
Feel free to choose whether you want to make smaller or larger bliss balls! Line them next to each other on a plate.
Coat & enjoy
You can snack on your coconut almond bliss balls right away if you want (not judging!), or add our highly recommended coating so they deserve the “coconut” part of their name.
Simply put the shredded coconut into a small bowl and roll the bliss balls until evenly coated.
FAQs & tips for this recipe
Let’s go over some questions and customization ideas — if you want to learn more, check my full guide on how to make bliss balls here.
How to store coconut bliss balls?
These treats are super meal prep friendly, meaning the bliss balls can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for around 1 week or even frozen for 2-3 months! Let them thaw in the fridge or on the counter before eating.
If you want to take them with you or serve to guests at a gathering, you can leave the bliss balls out at room temperature for half a day at least!
Can I make this grain-free?
Sure, simply skip the oats and use more almond meal instead.
I don’t have any dates!
No worries, simply swap them for around ½ cup of syrup or use soaked raisins instead. This will result in a different flavor and texture but you can just intensify the almond and coconut part by using more of these two ingredients!
Do I need a food processor?
Bliss balls are typically made in a food processor but if you only have a high-speed blender, you can still make this recipe. We found that the texture turns out a bit differently and the bliss ball mixture is harder to get out of a blender jar.
Any flavor ideas?
Sure, you can add more coconut flakes to the bliss balls base or add some cinnamon to underline the caramelly flavor.
If you use a different nut instead of almonds (like walnuts, cashews or pecans), this will also change the flavor of course. Or you can go in another direction and dip the coconut bliss balls into some melted chocolate!
How to add more protein
You can replace the almond butter with peanut butter, the coconut milk with soy milk and add one scoop of vegan protein powder to these bliss balls to increase the plant-based protein content!
If you decide to go for protein powder, be sure to als add a splash of soy milk to get the right texture. You can also hide a few hemp or chia seeds in the bliss balls mixture for added protein.
Can I use larger coconut flakes?
Sure, just add them to your food processor or blender on their own before making the bliss balls and pulse or blend until they are broken down.
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Did you make our coconut almond bliss balls? We’d love to read about it, so be sure to leave a review and tell us more in the comments below. You can also Pin this recipe here!
- 1 cup dates, pitted (150 g)
- 4 oz blanched almonds (120 g)
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Shredded coconut (for coating)
- Soak the pitted dates in a small bowl in hot water for 15 minutes if needed, then drain well. If you have moist dates on hand, you can skip this step.
- Add the dates along with all of the other ingredients to your food processor. Pulse a few times, then blend until a sticky texture forms.
- This might take 1-2 minutes. If your mixture is still crumbly at this point, add some more coconut milk or a splash of water.
- Using wetted hands, grab little chunks of the almond coconut mixture and roll them into little balls. Depending on your preferred size, you may end up with more or fewer bliss balls.
- Once you have created all of the balls, put shredded coconut in a small bowl and roll the bliss balls until evenly coated.
- Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for half an hour before serving to let the balls get firmer.
- The coconut almond bliss balls can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 2-3 months.
- For more coconut flavor, feel free to add shredded coconut straight to your bliss balls mixture before rolling!
- If you want a lower fat version of this recipe, swap the coconut milk for almond milk or even water.
- For more sweetness, simply add 1 tbsp of vegan syrup and reduce any added water.
- If you don’t have coconut milk on hand, you can use 2 tbsp of almond butter or almond milk instead.
- Use a kitchen scale for measuring to achieve the best results!
- Find more tips & flavor ideas in the article above.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 bliss ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!