Walnut Date Bliss Bites

Gluten-free, Vegan & No Bake, these Bliss Bites make a healthy grab and go snack any time of day

Walnut Date Bliss Bites

Packed with nutrients & Yummy!

Our freezer is always stocked with an assortment of bliss bites…

They make for a healthy and hearty grab-and-go snack any time of day and everyone in my house likes them.

These Walnut Date Bliss Bites are one of the first bliss bites we ever made and are still a favorite.

Recipe adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life, they are made with walnuts, dates, Barney Butter* almond butter, gluten-free oats, Enjoy Life Foods mini chips, maple syrup, vanilla and almonds  – all rolled in coconut.

Packed with nutrients and addictively delicious, we literally eat them any time of day –Breakfast on the go, snack time or dessert.

One of my son’s isn’t the biggest fan of coconut but loves these without them, so we always make some without rolling them in coconut.

Pro tip: These bliss bites are best stored in the freezer to hold their form.  And I find it best to freezer them on a 1/2 baking sheet for a bit before storing them in a glass storage container.  That way they hold their form without sticking to one another.

Also, in case you don’t know I am Barney Butter Ambassador!  Barney Butter is the only almond butter we use.  And we’ve been using Barney Butter as long as we’ve been making these Energy Bites (which is a l o n g time!) … It’s Certified Gluten-Free, peanut-free, non-gmo and vegan and it’s the best flavor & texture.  I’m convinced that the Barney Butter texture is what makes these almond balls hold their form so well.

A note about oats: Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain but they are contaminated via cross contact with wheat, barley and rye during the growing and processing process.  So definitely look for gluten free oats, preferably certified gluten free oats.

But there’s more…. back when my son was first diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-free oats were mostly grown via a process known as purity protocol.  In recent years, gluten-free oats have also been processed through a manufacturing process known as “sorting”.  There is much controversy about sorting versus purity protocol oats.  For more information I’m linking articles by GF Jules and by Gluten-Free Watchdog.

Also, some people with celiac don’t tolerate oats so please do what ‘s best for you and your health.

For those interested, we use gluten-free oats from GF Harvest (amazon affiliate link), grown through purity protocol.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if  you try.

Recipe

This recipe was adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life.

Walnut Date Bliss Bites
 
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One of our favorite bliss balls, these are packed with nutrients and delicious! Recipe adapted from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.
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Recipe type: Snacks, Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Serves: 16-20 bliss bites
Ingredients
  • heaping ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • ¼ - ½ cup chocolate chips, depending on how sweet you like them (we use ⅓ cup Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips)
  • scant ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup almond butter (we used Barney Butter Smooth)
  • ⅓ cup gluten-free oats (add more as desired)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • 1- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut for rolling
Instructions
  1. Place walnuts in food processor and mix for 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add in dates, and pulse until well mixed with the nuts.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse 5 times to break down a bit and combine with nuts and dates.
  4. Add maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, oatmeal and salt. Process until smooth, thick and well combined. You may have to scrape down the sides several times before mixture is well combined because it will be thick. It mixture seems too wet still, add the additional ¼ cup oatmeal.
  5. Stream almonds while mixing, and process about 1 minute or until they are in small chunks.
  6. Form mixture into golf ball size balls with your hands. Your hands will feel "oily" as you do this because the oils have broken down from the nuts during processing, but that the bliss bites will not be oily.
  7. Roll balls in coconut. (Note: you can also eat them without rolling in coconut)
  8. Put in a sealed container and store in freezer.

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