This is the best peanut butter bliss balls recipe. These energy balls are a quick and easy snack to make and are ready in just 5 minutes! They are made with simple ingredients like peanut butter, honey, oats, and almond flour, and are a healthy no bake dessert or snack.
Why you will love this recipe:
- They taste amazing! The combination of peanut butter and chocolate combines perfectly.
- This recipe is so quick and easy to make and is ready in just 5 minutes.
- These healthy bliss balls are made with simple ingredients like peanut butter, honey, and oats.
- This is a no bake dessert or snack.
- These homemade bliss balls are healthy, refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free, and can easily be made vegan too!
- These energy balls are made without dates and are sweetened with honey instead.
- These protein balls make a great after workout snack.
- They store really well in the fridge or freezer and are perfect for meal prep or to take with you on the go.
- This recipe is easily adaptable - swap out the peanut butter for another nut butter or seed butter.
- Kids and toddlers love them!
Taste and texture:
These snack bites have a nice texture from the oats, but are soft and smooth and melt in your mouth with every bite. The combination of peanut butter and dark chocolate blends perfectly to give this recipe a delicious sweet flavour, while not being too sweet.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Peanut butter - use smooth and unsweetened peanut butter to avoid any unnecessary added sugars and crop oils. Feel free to substitute the peanut butter for your favorite nut butter, such as cashew butter or almond butter.
- Honey - naturally sweetens these bliss balls while binding all the ingredients together. You can replace it with date syrup instead if you like.
- Quick oats - add fiber and texture and is a key ingredient in this recipe. Use quick oats rather than steel cut oats or rolled oats. These are the gluten free and sprouted quick oats that I use.
- Almond flour - almond flour is a high protein gluten free flour adds delicious texture to these bliss balls. If you don't have almond flour, it can be replaced with more quick oats or cashew flour instead.
- Chocolate chips (optional) - chocolate chips complement the peanut butter perfectly. I recommend using dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks for this recipe. To keep this recipe refined sugar free, make sure your chocolate chips are made with coconut sugar or simply leave them out entirely.
How to make this recipe:
First, in a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and honey until smooth.
Next, stir in the oats, almond flour, and sea salt until you have a crumbly texture.
If you are using chocolate chips, mix them in now.
Finally, form the dough into 1 inch sized balls, then enjoy!
- Be sure to use smooth, unsweetened peanut butter for this recipe rather than sweetened or chunky peanut butter.
- I prefer eating these bliss balls cold so if you are like me, refrigerate them for 30-60 minutes after making them before enjoying.
- These bliss balls freeze really well.
- I don't recommend using rolled oats for this recipe. The texture will be too gritty. Quick oats lead to the best results.
- Feel free to make a double or triple batch of these bliss balls to have on hand anytime you need a quick snack or energy bite.
Variations and add ins:
- Instead of peanut butter you can use another smooth nut or seed butter such as cashew butter or almond butter.
- Instead of honey you can use date syrup.
- To make this recipe vegan: use date syrup and vegan chocolate chips.
- To make this recipe gluten free: use certified gluten free oats.
- And to make this recipe dairy free: use dairy free chocolate chips.
- If you like a smoother texture to your bliss balls, blend the quick oats in your food processor first to give them an even finer texture.
- If you don't have almond flour, simply replace it with more quick oats.
- To keep these peanut butter balls refined sugar free, be sure to use chocolate chips sweetened with coconut sugar (or leave the chocolate chips out of the recipe).
How to serve:
These bliss balls can be served at room temperature or cold after they have been in the fridge. I actually prefer them when they are cold!
How to store:
Store these bliss balls in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
This recipe also freezes really well. Freeze them in an airtight container or jar, and separate the layers with parchment paper or wax paper. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Frequently asked questions:
Yes, bliss balls are a healthy, filling, and nutrient-dense snack. They are full of fiber, healthy fats, and many vitamins and minerals.
Bliss balls are similar to energy balls or protein balls and are usually made of healthy and nutrient-dense ingredients like nut butter, oats, and dried fruit to give energy and to keep you full.
No they are not. Almond flour is made with blanched almonds that are ground into a fine flour, whereas almond meal is made with raw, ground almonds where the skin has not been removed so it has a much grittier and thicker texture. For this recipe you want to be sure to use almond flour and not almond meal.
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- Slightly Sweet Grain Free Granola
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- No bake peanut butter fudge
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Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- In a bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Stir in the oats, almond flour and sea salt until you have a crumbly texture.
- Stir in the chocolate chips if adding them.
- Form the dough into balls ~1 inch in size. Then enjoy!
- Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
- Instead of peanut butter you can use another nut butter.
- Store these bliss balls in the fridge in an air tight container.