Date free bliss balls

I really wanted to create some date free bliss balls without any other dried fruits to help in keeping the sugar content down and to make bliss balls easy for people who are trying to avoid fructose. I have kept them nut free too so they can go in lunch boxes.

Tahini it is a great source of calcium as well as being rich in many other minerals and vitamins. If you don’t need them to be nut free then you could use any nut butter if you prefer.

These are also high in healthy fats so they make a great snack or a lunchbox treat.


1/2 cup pepitas (I activate mine first)

1 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1/4 cup hulled tahini

3 tbsp raw cacao

2 tbsp raw honey or rice malt syrup (add more or less to satisfy your tastes).

2 tbsp coconut butter

1 tbsp coconut oil

good pinch of salt


Blitz all of the ingredients in a food processor until well combined.

Test the mixture by pressing a small amount together to check that it sticks and add more tahini, coconut butter or coconut oil if needed.

Taste for sweetness and add more honey if needed.

Roll into balls.

I like to coat these in Crio Bru but you could leave them plain or use desiccated coconut or cacao if you prefer.

Store in the fridge or freezer. I like to eat them straight from the freezer.


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12 thoughts on “Date free bliss balls”

  1. These look great Monique. So many bliss balls have dates in them so th esse look like a good alternative. Will make them tonight!

  2. I can’t wait to make these! My daughter is so sensitive to sugar, I’ve been looking for bliss balls that predominantly completely dried fruit! 🙂

  3. These look like good option. I’m about to start 30day wellness Challenge so good timing! How do I make coconut butter? Thanks M

    • If you have a thermomix you can make coconut butter with coconut flakes or shredded coconut. If you are like me and don’t have one then you can buy it from a health food shop. I haven’t succeeded in making it in a food processor.

      Enjoy the wellness challenge!

  4. Love the fact these bliss balls are date free! What does it mean to activate the pepitas?

    • Hi Rena,
      It means that I soak them overnight in water and then dry them in the dehydrator (or oven). You don’t have to do this but it makes nuts and seeds easier to digest.

  5. Honey is predominantly fructose and the remaining sugar component glucose so even though there isn’t much in the recipe I’m not sure what you mean by it being for people who want to avoid fructose…

    • People that need to avoid all fructose can use rice malt syrup instead of the honey.
      The small amount of honey in these makes then significantly lower in fructose than those made with dates.

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