Make your own healthy bliss balls
Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls

These healthy Orange and Chocolate Bliss Balls are delicious little morsels packed with energy and wholesome ingredients.  Also known as ‘Jaffa balls’ (if using orange flavours), or ‘protein balls’, bliss balls are made by combining nuts, dates and coconut.  I think the word Bliss must have come from the bright idea of adding cocoa or melted chocolate to these little bites.

Don’t they look so pretty! 😍

Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls


They are one of the best snacks to have on hand, especially when we are running around like a crazy person and need a quick on the go snack.

Dates are naturally sweet, so these bliss balls don’t contain any extra sugar and if you do coat them in chocolate, I’d recommend the dark variety.

Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls

The Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls

I used gluten-free oats for these bliss balls, but if you don’t have you are welcome to use normal oats. I got my dates from Woolies, you can find them in the fridge section.

For the coatings, the sky is really the limit here – you can use whatever you like, such as melted chocolate, crushed peanuts, desiccated coconut, orange zest or even raspberry powder.

On another note, I have another Bliss Ball recipe up to if you would like to try a completely different flavour using berries.


Remember, everything in moderation – these bliss balls do contain healthy ingredients but don’t eat them all in one go 😂 (no matter how delicious)

Healthy Orange & Chocolate Bliss Balls

Healthy bites that are packed with energy. Made of dates, gluten-free oats, cashew and cocoa and zesty orange.  Gluten & refined sugar free
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bliss Balls, cashews, Chocolate, coconut, dairy free, dates, Gluten Free, Jaffa Balls, orange, refined sugar free, vegan
Servings: 10
Author: Cat Barker


For the Balls

  • 200 g Pitted Dates
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 20 ml water
  • 80 g gluten-free oats
  • 100 g Cashew Nuts raw
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder

For the Coatings

  • 50 g chocolate
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 50 g raspberry powder
  • zest of 1 orange organic


  • Finely chop your dates and then soak in a bowl with orange juice and water for 5 minutes or so 
  • In a food processor, blend the oats and cashews for 30secs. Then add the date mixture and cocoa powder. Blend until smooth. 
  • Remove mixture and roll into balls and then roll into your desired coating
  • Chill in the fridge for an hour and eat within one week
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